The Acorn Centre, Abergavenny
The Acorn Centre is an Integrated Children’s Centre in Abergavenny. In any one community there are a number of different activities and services catering for the needs of young children and their families. The Acorn Centre aims to build on the positive links already within a community and attempt to make service delivery even better through co–location of providers and encouraging joined up working which prioritises the needs of the child above all others.
In general, Integrated Children’s Centres are made up of 4 core elements
- Early Years Education
- Training and Family Support
- Open Access Play
In addition to services offered at the centre, The Acorn Centre acts as a hub for the community with a wide range of organisations delivering a variety of activities for children and families throughout the year.
Services at The Acorn Centre:
Buzzy Bees Creche is run by The Acorn Project and provides childcare for parents to attend a variety of services at the centre, and a child development creche for identified children, funded through Families First.
Butterflies Playgroup offers Flying Start free part-time childcare in the mornings for 2 - 3 year olds. The setting also offers places for those not eligible for Flying Start childcare at a cost. THere is also a wrap around service available.
Deri View Dragons Out of School Club runs after school care and holiday care in the centre for 3 - 11year olds. There are a variety of activities and games available.
The Acorn Centre has links with Deri View Nursery. The centre is adjoined to the nursery, This local authority nursery offers Early Education for children the term following their third birthday. All activities and learning opportunities in the nursery involve hands on play and are planned to allows for the intellectual, imaginative, creative and physical developments.
Training and Family Support:
The Centre runs groups such as a Stay and Play group and Little Steps Young Parent's Group throughout the year for parents and their children.
The Centre also provides training courses and programmes run by external organisations such as Child Psychology, First Aid, Food Hygiene, Food Wise for Life and more.
The centre runs the FUN Kitchen Project, which aims to improve parent's cookery skills to enable them to cook balanced, healthy family meals on a budget
In the grounds of Deri View School there is beautiful forest garden which the school, local settings and The Acorn Centre use. A gardening club meet regularly to help maintain the garden.
The Corny Carrot Food Co-Operative runs weekly from the Centre offering fresh fruit, vegetables and salad at a low cost.
The Credit Union runs a drop-in point weekly in the School Hall for the local community enabling people to save safely and even apply for affordable, low cost, small loans.
Monmouthshire Housing Association offers a weekly drop in session to offer advice and guidance on tenancy support, reducing bills, energy efficiency, budgeting, debt advice etc.
The centre hosts a variety of Flying Start services for eligible families such as access to health visiting, childcare, early language development and parenting support.
The centre hosts a variety of Acorn Project services such as learning support, parenting support and childcare. Parenting courses run at the Acorn Centre and are suitable for parents with children aged 0 - 12. Flying Start and The Acorn Project offer 4 different programmes - The Incredible Years Infant Programme (birth - 6 months), Toddler Programme (6 months - 3 years) Basic Programme (3 - 8 years) and School Age Programme (8-12 years). Acorn Project services are provided to families through a referral system.
The centre hosts the Families First funded Watch, Wait and Wonder Programme. This is a programme that aims to work with families to improve parent/child relationships and attachment. The programme is provided to families through a referral system
The Acorn Centre is working closely with the Three Counties Play Project to look to provide local play opportunities. Flying Start and The Acorn Project run language and play courses at the centre.
Room Bookings: There are rooms available to book at the Acorn Centre at a charge.
For further information about what is happening at The Acorn Centre, contact the centre.
Deri View Primary School