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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.

enquiries@helmdonacorns.org.uk

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 enquiries@helmdonacorns.org.uk

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: enquiries@helmdonacorns.org.uk

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 enquiries@helmdonacorns.org.uk 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 enquiries@helmdonacorns.org.uk 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 enquiries@helmdonacorns.org.uk 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: enquiries@helmdonacorns.org.uk

 

Family Fireworks - posted 07 October 2015

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Acorns Ladies Rise To The Challenge - posted 24 June 2015

 

Acorns ladies
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

Email: enquiries@helmdonacorns.org.uk

Summit To Challenge Acorns Ladies - posted 13 June 2015

 

acorns ladies Ben Nevis challenge

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  enquiries@helmdonacorns.org.uk

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 enquiries@helmdonacorns.org.uk 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 enquiries@helmdonacorns.org.uk


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

PLEASE HELP!

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.

Many thanks

Fireworks Night - posted 30 October 2013

Acorns Pre-School

Bonfire & Fireworks

for all the family

Friday 1st November

Gates open 5 p.m.

Tickets £2.50

  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 enquiries@helmdonacorns.org.uk 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


Acorns walkers on Snowdon

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!

Many thanks

All at Helmdon Acorns Pre-School

   

Easter Newsletter - posted 12 March 2013

 

Acorns at Play

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.

Anne Somerton

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)!

Liz Hart

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!

Liz Hart


There Are Going To Be Fireworks! - posted 9 October 2012

Fireworks!!!!

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.

Liz Hart

Lots Of Fun For Your Four-Legged Friend - posted 13 August 2012


Watch the Lone Wolf agility demonstration.
 
The second annual Acorns Fun Family Dog Show takes place on Sunday 2 September 2012 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.

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.


 
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