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Acorns Out Of  School Care

Walton Oak School, Ambleside Avenue, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. KT12 3LN   Tel: 01932 259604  email:

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Acorns is run by a Voluntary Management Committee and is a ‘Not for Profit’ organisation. We are registered for up to 24 children aged under 8 per session and have a capacity for 56 children in total. This number increases to 80 during our Easter and Summer clubs. We operate from “Little Oaks" at Walton Oak School.  The club is open to any child who is aged between 4 and 11.


We are registered with Ofsted on the Early Years Register. Ofsted inspect us on a regular basis and not more than every 4 years. We are thrilled to announce that most recently we were inspected in September 2016 and were awarded Outstanding. The inspection found that 'Staff's interactions with children are extraordinarily positive and of a high quality.' and 'Children take part in a wide range of outdoor activities that really interest them.' For the full Ofsted report please click here.


You are most welcome to visit any of the clubs whenever they are open.  No appointment is necessary. Lorraine Buckley is the Manager and has overall responsibility for Acorns.


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After School & Holiday Sessions

There will be up to 8 staff on duty for the after school session - Lorraine Buckley is the Manager and the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Any queries can be addressed directly to her. The Deputy Manager is Sarah Dinsdale and is responsible for the day to day running of Club. Sarah is also Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, as is Lynne Dalziel. Other staff working on a rota basis will be Maria, Michelle, Valerie, Angie, Debbie and Yvonne, Rhiannon, James, Sudi and Sarah P. 

The staff child ratio is 1:8 for children aged 8 and under and 1:10 for older children.  In total, we have a team of 17 playworkers. After school sessions cost £5.50 for a part time session (3.10pm - 4.15pm) or £9.00 for the full session (3.10pm - 6.30pm).

For after school sessions, the younger children will be collected personally from class and the older children will make their own way there.


We also run a very successful two week Summer Club, usually during the first two weeks of the summer break, and a four or five day Easter Club, which is also extremely popular. We have also introduced half term clubs which will take place in the October and February half terms and will run Monday - Thursday in both weeks. Sessions run from 10am-4pm and cost £16.00. We also offer early and late wrap around sessions which cost £4.50 each and run from 8.30am -10am or 4pm - 5.30pm. Children will need to bring 'nut and sesame free' packed lunches and clearly named, weather dependant clothing.Please see our 'book a place' page for information on how to book.

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Breakfast Sessions

There will be up to 5 staff on duty for the breakfast session – Michelle, Sheila, Kay, Maria and Val. Breakfast sessions cost £5.50 and are open from 7.30am.



Lorraine and Lynne are qualified to Level 5 in Playwork and Maria, Sarah, Michelle and Valerie have all achieved their Level 3 Playwork qualification. Debbie is our experienced Forest School leader and Michelle has also qualified as a Forest School Leader. All staff have regular/up to date Safeguarding training and are trained in first aid and Level 2 food hygiene. Training is regularly reviewed to ensure certificates are up to date. All staff have enhanced DBS checks.

Ann Cowap is our Administration Manager and can be contacted via our email for any payment or admin queries.

Please click on the file below for more information on Acorns in the Parents Handbook. 

Parents Handbook May 2020.pdf
Parents Handbook May 20