Acorn Childcare is part of Acorn Early Years Foundation, a social enterprise with charitable status.

As a not-for-profit organisation with nearly 30 years’ experience of running day nurseries, we are passionate about providing high quality childcare and early years education that is affordable and accessible.

Our ethic of care and emphasis on the personal touch is combined with a focus on professionalism and an enthusiasm for outdoor learning.

We have 12 nurseries, several out-of-school clubs and forest school holiday clubs across Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire, and also have a training centre for early years professionals.

Putting children first is the best way to sum up our ethos and everything we do. With a strong ethic of care, we prioritise building caring relations and a responsive approach in our dealing with everybody; in doing so, we are nurturing the social and emotional well-being of children and helping to build a more caring and connected society.

By developing an ethical, innovative and sustainable model of early years care and education, we aim to lead and inspire the sector, particularly in regards to outdoor play and learning, and staff professional development.


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