Contact Shenley  

or Telephone: 01908 507282

About our Nursery

Our lovely nursery building, in the heart of the old Shenley Church End village was formerly the primary school, and retains the character of the original Victorian architecture. The rooms have been sympathetically refurbished to provide light and spacious play areas. In this supportive environment, your child will be able to learn and develop through play and creativity.

The nursery has extensive gardens and outside play areas, including our timber-framed outdoor classroom. Outdoor play is a key aspect of Acorn’s ethos and the children benefit from spending time outdoors every day, whatever the weather. We also take full advantage of our local setting, which has retained its village feel and has several attractive walks which the children enjoy.

We have a wide of excellent resources and we are constantly bringing in new ideas to help our children develop to the best of their abilities and beyond. The nursery staff continuously provide well planned creative, imaginative and adventurous activities. Our Oaks children enjoy weekly Forest School sessions to Shenley Wood and we offer a wide variety of external activities. 

Our menus have been carefully planned to be both seasonal and nutritionally balanced and tasty ensuring we have clean plates every time! All food is cooked from our hub kitchen based onsite, providing nutritionally balanced meals which are both healthy and appetizing. We only use fresh, local, ethically sourced produce to create our delicious meals. We can accommodate most dietary requirements and have won several awards for our food.

A home visit from the Joanne, the nursery manager and your child’s keyperson is offered to all new families as we believe children benefit from meeting their keyperson in a familiar environment, before attending the nursery for settling-in sessions.

 Meet Joanne, our Nursery Manager

Joanne started at Acorn in 1991 and has progressed to a Senior Nursery Manager, during this time she has gained her NVQ Level in Childcare and Education and her BA in Early Years.
Joanne’s passion for working in childcare has always been because of her love for children. She is a hands on manager and wouldn’t have it any other way, she enjoys spending quality time with all the children right from the youngest to the oldest.
Joanne’s favourite quote is:

“Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on the earth, for what they believe is what they will become”

Joanne is also Shenley's Designated Safeguarding Lead, so if you ever have any concerns or would like to chat about anything safeguarding related, please visit or call the nursery on 01908 507782 and ask to speak to Joanne directly - alternatively, the setting can provide a direct email address for her. 

If you have any questions, or would like to book a visit please contact us on [email protected] or call us on 01908 507782.
To find out more, click on the links below to download one of our prospectus.

Acorn Brochure  Prospectus & Fees Ofsted report