Acorns Finalising September Sessions - posted 15 March 2018
Helmdon Acorns Pre-school is finalising staffing schedules and children's sessions for September 2018-July 2019. If you are interesting in enrolling your child and wish to arrange a visit please contact us on 01295 768327 or email email@example.com
"Outstanding" Acorns Ofsted Report - posted 05 March 2018
Helmdon Acorns Pre-school is delighted to announce that Ofsted awarded us the highest possible rating of "Outstanding" for all judgements at our recent inspection. We look forward to being able to share the report with you once it is published on the Ofsted website and thank parents for their support.
Great Result From The Acorns Quiz Night - posted 04 March 2018
Thank you to all of you that came and supported the quiz last night despite the wintery weather. Special thanks must go to John and Val Coatsworth and all those who gave their time, money and raffle prizes to make the event such a success.
We are delighted to announce that we raised somewhere in the region of £800. We are yet to allocate what the money will be spent on but will be sure to update you all once we have done so.
Many thanks again,
Helmdon Acorns, Staff and Committee
Fantastic Fireworks Result - posted 18 December 2017
Helmdon Acorns have calculated the total raised at our annual fireworks display and are delighted to announce that this was our best ever year with a staggering £2500 raised.
We are looking to spend this on some new storage for Forest Schools, a set of balance bikes and some new toys to include a castle, a rocket and an outside workbench. The remainder of the funds will be put to-wards an Interactive Whiteboard to further enhance the teaching and learning environment. This can be used to play interactive games, improve ICT skills, assist with writing and show the children video clips, for example. These are very exciting opportunities that have only be made possible by the fantastic fireworks night.
Thank you all so much for your support. We hope that those who attended enjoyed it as much as we did.
Sammie Vale (From Facebook)
Off With A Bang! Helmdon Pre-school To Host Spectacular Fireworks Yet Again - posted 17 October 2017
Helmdon Pre-school will put on its hugely popular annual event on 11th November and everyone is welcome!
Once again, Helmdon Pre-school will open its grounds to host one of the local area’s most popular autumn events; its fireworks display and bonfire.
On Saturday 11th November from 5pm onwards, everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the incredible display of fireworks and tempting fare. As well as a BBQ, beer, wine, soft drinks and mulled wine will all be available as well as tea and coffee, bags of sweets and popcorn.
“Last year we were blown away by attendance at our fireworks event – taking place a week after most bonfire night events, our firework extravaganza allows the seasonal fun to keep on going!” says Lorna Clarke, Chair of Helmdon Pre-school committee.
“Our Pre-school is a registered charity and all funds raised by the event will be going towards outdoor equipment for the children. Everyone is welcome so please do come along and have a great time!”
Tickets are available at an advance rate of £4 for adults and £2.50 for under 16s, pre-schoolers admitted for free. Last year saw the event busier than ever and ticket numbers are limited so buying in advance is strongly advised, but for those making last minute plans gate prices are £5 for adults and £3 for children. Tickets can be purchased from the Pre-school on Hintons Close, Helmdon, Helmdon Parent & Tots on Thursday mornings and the village cafe on Tuesday mornings leading up to the event.
Parking will be unavailable on Hintons Close where the Pre-school is located on the night, but is readily available elsewhere in the village. Glowsticks can be purchased on the evening, but due to health and safety the committee asks that no sparklers are brought onsite.
With thanks to our local sponsors, without whom this event wouldn’t be possible:
AW Duncombe and Son
Blue Water Pools
National Farmers Union
Old Fire Station Café
For more information, please visit www.helmdonacorns.org.uk or like our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/HelmdonAcorns
Fireworks Display - posted 25 September 2017
Helmdon residents, their family & friends are invited to come & join the Acorns team to watch the bonfire & spectacular fireworks display at the Pre-school on Saturday the 11th of November from 5pm.
Acorns is a registered charity & the funds raised will be going towards outdoor equipment for the children.
There will be BBQ hotdogs, burgers, beer, wine, soft drinks, mulled wine as well as tea & coffee for sale, also bags of sweets, Toffee Apples & popcorn - we will also be selling Glowsticks so please NO SPARKLERS.
Tickets in advance:
£2.50 Child (under 16)
We are only insured for a certain number of people, so we can't guarantee tickets will be available on the gate.
Tickets available from; Lorna Clarke, Kat Carter & Ros Spence in the school playground, Acorns, Parents & Tots on a Thursday morning & the village cafe on a Tuesday morning.
Parking will be unavailable on Hintons Close so we would advise walking if you live in Helmdon, you can park on Church Street or Station Road & walk down the footpath from either road.
Acorns Music Fundraiser - posted 20 July 2017
Still some tickets available.
Limited Places Available For September - posted 10 May 2017
Due to a large cohort leaving us this July for school, we do have limited places available from September for children aged from 2 years. As we are finalising arrangements for our new starters by the end of May, please contact us asap if you wish to reserve a place for your child.
Prizes For Raffle Required - posted 24 February 2017
Helmdon Acorns Pre School are a registered charity and currently raising funds by holding a quiz evening and raffle, if anyone has any unwanted gifts, bottles or have their own business and could help by donating a prize for this event we would be extremely grateful, I am happy to come to collect anything that you can offer. Thank you in advance.
Lynne McLuckie or firstname.lastname@example.org
Food For Thought Quiz - posted 08 February 2017
Back by popular demand! On Saturday 11th March in the Reading Room at 7.30 p.m. for 8 o'clock start. £4 per person from Lorna, Gary or Ros Spence (e-mail) or at Acorns, the village cafe, Parents & Tots and the School.
Maternity Leave Cover Required - posted 18 January 2017
Helmdon Acorns Pre-School is seeking a Level 2 or Level 3 qualified Early Years Practitioner to cover maternity leave from mid March on a Thursday and Friday (8:45am - 4pm).
There would be the opportunity for further hours in the future if wished. Please message Liz Hart, Setting Manager for an application form and job specification: email@example.com
September Place Reservations - posted 11 January 2017
Helmdon Acorns is now reviewing staffing and numbers for September 2017 onwards; please contact us asap if you are interested in reserving a place for your child. Children may attend from their second birthday onwards.
Staff Vacancy - posted 06 December 2016
Helmdon Acorns Pre-School is seeking to recruit a Level 3 Early Years Practitioner from January due to children increasing their sessions. Hours of work to be Wednesday 8:45 - 4pm and Thursday 8:45 - 1:15pm with the possibility of an extra morning if required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form and job specification.
Family Fireworks - posted 16 October 2016
These wil be on Saturday 12 November.
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Deptuty Supervisor Required - posted 03 October 2016
Helmdon Acorns Pre-School is seeking to recruit a Level 3 (or higher) Early Years qualified practitioner to the role of Deputy Supervisor, working alongside another Deputy and reporting to the Setting Manager.
The position is for 3.5 days per week (term time only) and will commence on Tuesday 1st November 2016. The closing date for application is Friday 14th October with interviews to be held on Monday 17th October/Thursday 20th October.
Please enquire by email to Liz Hart, Setting Manager at email@example.com for a job specification and an application form.
Bank Staff Required - posted 05 July 2016
Helmdon Acorns Pre-School is seeking bank staff from September 2016 to cover staff sickness courses, etc. You should ideally have experience of working with small children and must be enthusiastic.
Please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org stating the hours you would be available and we will be in contact.
Quiz - posted 08 March 2016
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Places Being Finalised For September - posted 11 February 2016
Helmdon Acorns is finalising places for September 2016. If you would like your child to start before July 2017 please contact us now, especially if you would like a two year old place. Contact: email@example.com
Family Fireworks - posted 07 October 2015
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Acorns Ladies Rise To The Challenge - posted 24 June 2015
L to R Laura Wilson, Sarah Owen,
Ann Somerton and Liz Hart
On Saturday 20 June, four women from Helmdon Acorns Pre-School rose to the challenge by reaching the summit of Ben Nevis, Scotland. Staff members Liz Hart and Anne Somerton together with committee members Sarah Owen and Laura Wilson took five hours, climbing to 4,408 feet to reach the highest point in the British Isles. The descent was quicker at just over three hours.
The group were raising money for Helmdon Acorns and Marie Curie Cancer Care. “Whilst we are still awaiting the final total, we think we have raised in the region of £1,000.” said committee member Sarah Owen. “We trekked across pebbles, rocks, water and even snow to reach the summit and whilst the view was non-existent due to the low cloud, it didn't dampen our sense of achievement as we celebrated with a champagne toast.
We would all like to thank our friends, family and the community for their support and in particular the assistance from local businesses Taylor Wimpey East Midlands, Macintyers estate agent and Lloyd Woodworking as without them it would not have been possible.”
Donations are atill accepted online at https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/helmdonacornspre-school
For further information please contact Helmdon Acorns on 01295 768327 or visit www.helmdonacorns.org.uk
Summit To Challenge Acorns Ladies - posted 13 June 2015
L to R: (Back) Laura Wilson, Sarah Owen, Anne Somerton
and (Front) Liz Hart, with some of the children from
Helmdon Acorns Pre-School
Four women from Helmdon Acorns Pre-School are getting their boots on to raise money for charity. On Saturday 20 June, staff and committee members Liz Hart, Anne Somerton, Sarah Owen and Laura Wilson will be taking on the mighty Ben Nevis in Scotland. The highest point in the British Isles, Ben Nevis stands at 4,408 feet above sea level and certainly poses the biggest challenge yet. The four walkers previously took on Mount Snowdon in 2013.
They will climb to the summit and cover around 11 miles on foot. “As a registered charity Helmdon Acorns relies upon a programme of fundraising events. Snowdon was a very successful event for the pre-school but this year I wanted to challenge us just a little bit harder,” says committee member Sarah Owen. “As a registered charity we focus a lot of time and effort on fundraising. This expedition would not be possible if it wasn't for the fantastic support from the local community and businesses including Taylor Wimpey East Midlands, Macintyers estate agent and Lloyd Woodworking. Our target is to raise £1500 to develop our Forest Schools programme.” The ladies have also pledged ten percent of all fundraising to Marie Curie Cancer Care.”
As the Ben Nevis Challenge team get prepared, your support and motivation is much appreciated. You can donate online at https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/helmdonacornspre-school
For further information please contact Helmdon Acorns on 01295 768327 or visit www.helmdonacorns.org.uk
The Acorns Put On The Ritz With A Flourish! - posted 20 May 2015
Saturday 16 May saw the Reading Room taken over by Helmdon Acorns Pre-School as they presented Puttin' On The Ritz.
A full house enjoyed a decadent afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, homemade cakes and clotted cream scones served on vintage tiered stands. Local pianist Christine Limb accompanied the guests with music from the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
Many guests commented on the high standard of the event and requested a repeat performance. Sarah Owen, Helmdon Acorns Pre-School Committee Member said: “After making 240 sandwiches, 180 cakes, 120 scones and 60 biscuits the Committee may need time to think about this! Myself, Helen du Bois and Sophie Lander have spent much of our free time bringing this event together over the past few months and it was fantastically rewarding to see everything finally come together. We had tremendous support from the parents of Acorns' children, the staff, committee members, local businesses and the community.”
Whilst the children of Acorns were not at the event, they provided beautifully decorated bunting and grew the mustard cress for the sandwiches.
A grand raffle saw the afternoon come to an end with happy guests declaring they'd had wonderful time.
The event raised a grand total of £460 which will go towards providing the children of Acorns with new equipment. The focus this year has been promoting more outdoor learning through the Forest Schools programme and this will certainly enhance the project. £50 will be donated to our other fundraising charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Helmdon Acorns Pre-School would like to thank everyone who supported, contributed, donated and attended.
Acorns Are Puttin' On The Ritz - posted 29 March 2015
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Vacancy for Someone To Mow Grounds - posted 12 March 2014
Helmdon Acorns Pre-School is looking for someone to mow their grounds in the summer months. There is a large lawned area which needs to be mown every two weeks and a wilder area which is normally cut every month. Willingness to undertake some general gardening duties on an ad hoc basis would also be helpful.
If you are interested in quoting please contact Liz Hart on 01295 768327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-School Practitioner Vacancy - posted 15 November 2014
Helmdon Acorns has a vacancy for a practitioner working on Tuesday afternoons, all day Thursday and Friday mornings. This is a temporary role from the beginning of December 2014 to July 2015 to cover maternity leave. Applications are invited from both qualified and non-qualified persons as training opportunities may be available. There may also be the opportunity to cover additional hours for staff training, etc. DBS check will be required. Closing date is 21st November with interviews to be held w/c 24/11/14. Please email email@example.com to request an application form.
Fireworks at Acorns - posted 07 October 2014
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Open Morning - posted 25 September 2014
Helmdon Acorns is open on the morning of Friday 10th October for prospective little Acorns to have a look around (children starting on or after September 2015).
Job Vacancy - posted 12 September 2014
Helmdon Acorns Pre-School has a vacancy for a qualified pre-school assistant due to an increase in the number of enrolled children.
For details contact 01295 768327 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Summertime Garden Party - posted 06 July 2014
Grant For Training Will Mean More Activities On Offer - posted 12 February 2014
Helmdon Acorns Pre-School has secured a grant to allow its supervisor Anne Somerton to compete a Level 3 qualification as a Forest School Leader; this means that the children will be able to enjoy a wider range of outdoor activities in the wildlife area at the rear of the Pre-School. Examples might include shelter building, fire pits, foraging, and tree rubbing.
Phillipines Appeal - posted 18 November 2013
We are acting as a receipt centre for donations for the Philippines. If you have any of the following please can you deliver to Acorns by 3:30pm on Wednesday 20th November: Towels, sheets, baby clothes, new nappies, sanitary towels, toothpaste, adult clothes, blankets, toiletries.
Fireworks Night - posted 30 October 2013
Bonfire & Fireworks
for all the family
Friday 1st November
Gates open 5 p.m.
Family (two adults and up to three children) £6
(Please do not park in Hintons Close)
Job Vacancy - posted 24 October 2013
Job Vacancy - Pre-School Practitioner required for Helmdon Acorns Pre-School to July 2013 (and possibly beyond!).
Due to increased numbers of children we are seeking a Level 3 qualified practitioner to work term time only from January 2013 for at least 18 hours per week. (Monday 8:30am - 4pm, Tuesday 8:30am - 4pm, Thursday 8:30am - 12noon.) If you are able to start prior to January as bank staff covering training courses etc that would be very helpful.
We operate in a purpose-built setting in a beautiful rural environment in Helmdon.
Please email email@example.com for an application form or contact 01295 768327 if you would like more information. Closing date Friday 8th November.
Change Of Date Of Dog Show - posted 05 August 2013
This will now be on Saturday, 21st September at Helmdon Sports Club from 11 a.m. (gates open 10.30 a.m.). Dog show judging by "Up n Over" Agility Dog Training Club, Flyball, Fun for all the family. Contact 01295 768327 duirng school hours.
Women Walkers Rise To The Challenge - posted 27 June 2013
Final leg of the walk to Llanberis: L to R Claire Smith, Laura Wilson, Liz Hart, Sarah Owen, Sue Morgan and Ann Somerton
Six women from Helmdon Acorns Pre-School completed a challenging climb in warm conditions as members Liz Hart, Sue Morgan, Sarah Owen, Claire Smith, Anne Somerton and Laura Wilson conquered Mount Snowdon in Wales recently. The group set themselves the challenge to raise £1000 to develop an outdoor area for the pre-school children as well as commissioning a memorial bench for a friend and former work colleague who sadly passed away last year.
The climb to the summit took the group via the PYG Track, the most rugged and challenging of the paths up Snowdon. Taking just under three hours, the climb was not easy pushing members of the group outside of their comfort zone with some having never attempted anything like this before. Climber Claire Smith said: “It was much more challenging than I imagined, but I’m very pleased that I did it. I felt a huge sense of achievement on the ascent as I have a huge fear of heights, but was determined to make it to the top. I overcame my fears and raised funds”.
Sarah Owen, vice chair added: “In total we have raised in excess of £2000 which a fantastic boost to our charity and double our original target. Helmdon Acorns Pre-School received fantastic support from businesses in the local area and from our suppliers including Macintyers Estate Agents, Howdens Joinery, Ram Racing, Playground Markings Direct and Mineral Star Construction. We would also like to thank the local community who encouraged us every step of the way.”
You can still donate online at www.helmdonacorns.org.uk
The second annual
Acorns Fun Family Dog Show takes place on Sunday 22 September 2013 at the Helmdon
Sports Club, Wappenham Road, Helmdon.
It’s time to head on over with your
four-legged canine friend to the Helmdon Family Fun Dog Show. Whether you have a
pampered pooch, children’s playmate, walking companion or a working K9, all are
welcome to take part in the activities.
With an abundance of different
fun classes to enter ranging from cutest puppy to best veteran, junior handler,
waggiest tail and best rescue dog there is plenty of entertainment for all the
family and their four-legged friend. There’s even a class for you to show off
your legs in the ‘Best Six Legs’ category.
Summer BBQ 2013 - posted 23 May 2013
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These Boots Were Made For Walkin' - posted 18 May 2013
Six women from Helmdon Acorns Pre-School are getting their boots on to raise money for charity. On Saturday 8 June, staff and committee members Liz Hart, Sue Morgan, Sarah Owen, Claire Smith. Anne Somerton and Laura Wilson will be taking on Mount Snowdon in Wales. As the highest point in the British Isles, outside of Scotland, Snowdon stands at 3560 feet above sea level and certainly poses a challenge.
The six will climb to the summit and cover around 16 miles on foot. “Each year we have a number of regular fundraising events, but this year I wanted to introduce something a little different, and so the Snowdon Challenge was conceived,” says committee vice-chair Sarah Owen. “As a registered charity we focus a lot of time and effort on fundraising and receive fantastic support from the local community. We hope this time they will be behind us every step of the way. Our target is to raise £1000 to develop an outside conservation area for the children to enjoy and also to commission a bench in the memory of our dear friend and ex-supervisor Judy Butler who sadly lost her battle with cancer last year.”
Sarah continued; “We’ve already received some fantastic support from businesses in the local area and from our suppliers including Macintyers Estate Agents, Howdens Joinery, Ram Racing, Playground Markings Direct and Mineral Star Construction. Without them this expedition would not have been possible.”
As the Snowdon Challenge team get prepared, your support and motivation is much appreciated. You can donate online or for further information please contact Helmdon Acorns on 01295 768327 or visit www.helmdonacorns.org.uk.
Request For Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers - posted 15 May 2013
Acorns would be very grateful to receive any Active Kids you may have – please pop them through our letterbox. There is one week to go of them being issued!
All at Helmdon Acorns Pre-School
Easter Newsletter - posted 12 March 2013
Acorns at Play
The children continue to make full use of the outside area and our cookery sessions are very popular (the trifle making went down especially well!).
Every Tuesday the children look forward to the arrival of Terry Goode, Sports Coach, who encourages the children to participate in activities which aid co-ordination and are also great fun.
As the weather improves we will be planting our garden beds, and again participating in a local potato growing competition, hoping to repeat last year’s winning performance. We are also hoping to take the pre-schoolers on a leaver’s trip in early summer.
We are looking forward to our next fundraiser, an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday 30th March which starts at 10:30am.
In June members of the Committee and Staff will be climbing Snowdon as a sponsored walk.
Our Dog Show will return on Sunday 22nd September and we are also assisting with the BBQ at the Sports Field on 6th July.
Hop On Over To The Easter Egg Hunt - posted 10 February 2013
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Sainsbury's Tokens - posted 09 February 2013
Helmdon Acorns Pre-School is collecting Active Kids Vouchers from Sainsbury’s to exchange for some great new equipment. We would love to receive any you may have spare through our letterbox (Station Road)!
Impressive £241 From Hamper Raffle - posted 20 December 2012
Helmdon Acorns would like to thank all those who took part in our Hamper raffle which made an impressive £241.
Many thanks from the Staff and Committee and a Happy Christmas to all!
There Are Going To Be Fireworks! - posted 9 October 2012
Successful Family Dog Show - posted 11 September 2012
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Open Morning - posted 06 September 2012
Helmdon Acorns Pre-School is having an Open Morning on Thursday 13th September from 10:30 to 12 noon. We offer flexible sessions from 3 to 6.5 hours per day in a beautiful setting supported by a team of dedicated staff. Children can attend from the age of 2 years. Helmdon Primary School is also having an open morning on the same day.
Lots Of Fun For Your Four-Legged Friend - posted 13 August 2012
The second annual Acorns Fun Family Dog Show takes place on Sunday 2 September 2012 at the Helmdon Sports Club, Wappenham Road, Helmdon.
Watch the Lone Wolf agility demonstration.
It’s time to head on over with your four-legged canine friend to the Helmdon Family Fun Dog Show. Whether you have a pampered pooch, children’s playmate, walking companion or a working K9, all are welcome to take part in the activities.
With an abundance of different fun classes to enter ranging from cutest puppy to best veteran, junior handler, waggiest tail and best rescue dog there is plenty of entertainment for all the family and their four-legged friend. There’s even a class for you to show off your legs in the ‘Best Six Legs’ category.
There is lots of action to watch in the live arena with demonstrations from Lone Wolf agility, Northamptonshire Dog Training Club with their flyball and dancing dogs. They’ll be a chance for you to test the agility of your dog in the ‘have-a-go Flyball’, browse the stalls, bouncy castle, face painting and much more.
The committee of Helmdon Acorns Pre-School runs the Show. “This is a fun event for all the family, and you don’t have to own a dog to enjoy the day’s activities,” says dog show organiser and committee member Laura Wilson. “ We’ve made the Show bigger and better than last year with the introduction of demonstrations and more stands. This is an important event in the Acorns fundraising calendar and we hope the Show will prove a great success.”
BBQ and refreshments will be available on the day together with free parking. Gates open at 10.30, first class at 11am (entry form provided on the gate). Entry: adults £2, children £1, family £5 (up to two adults & three children), under 5’s free. Dog class entry takes place on the day with each class costing just 50p.
For more information download the event poster or call Laura on 01295 768302.
If you would like to book a trade space at the Acorns Fun Family Dog Show please download the trade space booking form and return it to the show organisers.
Acorns Win Potato Competition - posted 01 August 2012
Children at the Pre-School were delighted to learn they had won a potato growing competition organised by Buckingham Garden Centre. Their potato crop was the heaviest of twenty local schools that entered, winning them £50 of garden centre vouchers.