Acorn is the Airthrie Nursery where our youngest pupils are taught in three bright, interlinking classrooms, which open immediately onto the garden.  We know that the children love being out of doors so, weather permitting, we have a classroom outdoors as well as in, fulfilling the requirements of the EYFS.

We wish the children to come to school happily and we work closely with parents to ensure the right approach for each individual child.  Some children may start gradually and build up their time with us on a completely flexible programme, following one or two taster sessions, whilst other children may come to us on a full-time arrangement immediately.


We aim to:

Children in Acorn will follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework which comprises of prime and specific areas of learning within which, are 17 early learning goals (ELG).  These act as a stepping stone to their transition to Key Stage 1.  Creative use is made of both the indoor and outdoor learning environments in order to progress towards achieving their goals. 

Acorn Curriculum - Ethos

Early years see the greatest growth and learning for all children and in Acorn we base our curriculum on a single quality framework for children from birth to the age of five, encompassing four important principles: 

1.  A Unique Child – Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
2.  Positive Relationships – Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and key adults.
3.  Enabling Environments – The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.
4.  Learning and Development – Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected.

Our planning ensures that your child will develop their experiences in 7 key areas of learning.  These are divided into ‘Prime’ areas and ‘Specific’ areas.

The ‘Prime’ areas are fundamental throughout the whole of the EYFS and support the child’s development in all other areas.  The ‘Prime’ areas include:

The ‘Specific’ areas include essential skills and knowledge for children to participate successfully in school life and prepare them for further learning.  They include:

Recent Acorn News

Comb Painting

Last week several of our children chose to do some comb painting.  They selected three coloured paints each and then used special paint combs to spread them around to make some very vibrant... Read more

Nursery News

For the first part of this half-term the Acorn children have been learning about polar lands and cold winter weather.  Some of the activities have been rather exciting; such as making marshmallow... Read more

Father Christmas visits Acorn

Our youngest pupils had a great surprise this morning when a very special visitor arrived in Nursery.   He chatted to the very excited children and they received a small gift each for the big... Read more

Acorn's Beautiful Butterflies

Saskia and her mum brought in some butterflies from home which they had seen develop from caterpillars. They were now ready to be released and with great excitement we took them to the... Read more

Activities in Acorn

Over the last few weeks the children in our Nursery have been talking about African animals and looking at their different patterns. For the next 2 weeks they will be learning... Read more

Santa visits Airthrie!

After popping in to see our Nursery children at their Christmas party this morning, Santa had time for a quick catch-up with the... Read more

Nursery News

Our youngest children have been enjoying the first few weeks of term in Acorn. One of our activities has been making a lovely piece of collage work entitled 'Owl Babies'. The children worked... Read more

Ice-creams all Round!

The ice-cream van came to visit Airthrie's Nursery children today (which was very welcome in the warm weather). Our smallest pupils had the chance to choose an ice-cream or lolly and they... Read more