Acorn Early Years Foundation

Why work for us?

Joining Acorn means joining a team dedicated to putting children first through ethical practices set up to develop and enrich the lives of every child who becomes part of the Acorn family.

Our people are our values as they deliver the Personal, Professional, Nurturing, Outdoor Learning and Ethical approaches to early years we live by.

There will be times when you may be required to transform into a dinosaur, become a racing car driver, take part in a fashion walk, open a restaurant, build skyscrapers, construct waterfalls, put on a show and most importantly snuggle when needed all whilst being you!

So, if you want to be part of something extraordinary, be part of Acorn!

 

If working part of a team whose priorities are delivering the highest level of care and education to every child wasn’t enough, when you join Acorn you will benefit from:

  • Enhanced pension contributions
  • Competitive pay
  • Continued professional development
  • Career progression
  • Length of service bonus
  • 50% childcare
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Cycle to Work & Technology Schemes
  • Life Assurance

Investors In People

Over the past few months the Investors in People auditors have been interviewing and surveying a cross section of the Acorn team ranging from nurseries to Central Support Office staff to give their feedback on what it is like to work at Acorn.

We have been continuously accredited since 2000 and it is a requirement of Investors in People that we undergo a rigorous re-accreditation assessment every 3 years.

We are very pleased to announce that we have successfully achieved IIP Accreditation once again.

Based on 25 years of leading practice, the Investors in People Standard is underpinned by a rigorous assessment methodology and framework. This reflects the very latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry.

Investors in People is an internationally recognised accreditation, held by 10,000 organisations across the world. Being accredited is a sign of our commitment to being a great place to work.

Our accreditation is a huge team effort and it’s great to know all of staff are so proud of our organisation!

Here are a few comments from our team members:

“Everybody is like a family.” 

“I love the openness here.” 

“I like the idea that’s it’s a charity, it’s more personal and accessible for all children. An example is the £50 admin charge used to be kept but now it comes off their first months’ bill. There is no boundary for who can afford it.” 

“There is a lot of money for resources and I feel if it wasn’t for profit we wouldn’t have as good quality resources.” 

“We celebrated Divali and did glitter fireworks.”

 

£18,304 - £19,968 yearly
Acorn Early Years Foundation Stanwick, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, UK
07 Oct, 2020
Full time
We are looking for two inspirational Early Years Practitioner who holds a minimum level 3 qualification in Early Years to join our 54 place nursery Acorn at Stanwick, Northamptonshire. One role will be in the 2-3 age room and the other the over 3's though this maybe dependent on experience with possibilities of the baby room also.    We’re proud to be one of the leading childcare providers in Milton Keynes, Northampton and Bedford with over 25 years’ experience who specialise in nature pedagogy and promoting the professional development of our employees. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary, great training and progression opportunities, enhanced pension contributions, and 50% childcare discount. As a not-for-profit organisation, Acorn always puts the needs of the children first, meaning you will be working for a business that cares about more than just profit. The position is full time working 40 hours per week (you would be required to do a variety of...
£18,304 - £19,968 yearly
Acorn Early Years Foundation Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes, UK
07 Oct, 2020
Full time
 We are looking for an inspirational Early Years Practitioner to join our Acorn Day Nursery at Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes.    This role will be a 12 month Maternity cover initially with a potential extension or permanent role following this.    We’re proud to be one of the leading childcare providers in Milton Keynes, Northampton and Bedford with over 25 years’ experience who specialise in nature pedagogy and promoting the professional development of our employees. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary, great training and progression opportunities, enhanced pension contributions, and 50% childcare discount. As a not-for-profit organisation, Acorn always puts the needs of the children first, meaning you will be working for a business that cares about more than just profit. The position is Full time working 40 hours per week Monday through to Friday all year round   (you would be required to do a variety of early and late shifts , early shifts can start as...
Acorn Early Years Foundation Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes, UK
07 Oct, 2020
Full time
We are looking for a Nursery Assistant  (experience within an Early Years setting and/or level L2 in Early Years desirable ) to join our nursery in Shenley Church End, Milton Keynes. Acorn has recently been awarded   a 'Top 20 Recommended Nursery Group 2020' Award by Day Nurseries in recognition of its high customer reviews over the last 12 months. Our Shenley nursery is one of our most established nurseries with a beutiful outdoor area and is witin a former school with historic features throughout.  We’re proud to be one of the leading childcare providers in Milton Keynes, Northampton and Bedford with over 25 years’ experience who specialise in nature pedagogy and promoting the professional development of our employees. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary, great training and progression opportunities, enhanced pension contributions, and 50% childcare discount. As a not-for-profit organisation, Acorn always puts the needs of the children first, meaning you...
Acorn Early Years Foundation Kents Hill, Milton Keynes, UK
07 Oct, 2020
Full time
We are looking for a Nursery Assistant  (experience within an Early Years setting and/or level L2 in Early Years desirable ) to join our nursery in Kents Hill, Milton Keynes. We’re proud to be one of the leading childcare providers in Milton Keynes, Northampton and Bedford with over 25 years’ experience who specialise in nature pedagogy and promoting the professional development of our employees. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary, great training and progression opportunities, enhanced pension contributions, and 50% childcare discount. As a not-for-profit organisation, Acorn always puts the needs of the children first, meaning you will be working for a business that cares about more than just profit. The position is Full time working 40 hours per week Monday through to Friday all year round (you would be required to do a variety of early and late shifts , early shifts can start as early as 7.15am and the late shifts close is 6.15pm).  We very much welcome...
£8.80 - £9.60 hourly
Acorn Early Years Foundation Brafield-on-the-Green, Northampton, UK
07 Oct, 2020
Part time
We looking for an inspirational Early Years Practitioner (Must be qualified to at least a level 3 in Early Years) to join our Brafield Nursery in Northamptonshire.  We’re proud to be one of the leading childcare providers in Milton Keynes, Northampton and Bedford with over 25 years’ experience who specialise in nature pedagogy and promoting the professional development of our employees. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary, great training and progression opportunities, enhanced pension contributions, and 50% childcare discount. As a not-for-profit organisation, Acorn always puts the needs of the children first, meaning you will be working for a business that cares about more than just profit. The position is Part time working 20 hours per week Monday through to Friday all year round working         13.00 -18.00 every day.  We very much welcome candidates that are looking to progress their personal career development. The ideal candidate will be passionate, motivated...
Acorn Early Years Foundation Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes, UK
07 Oct, 2020
Part time
We are looking for a Kitchen Assistant to join our 36 place Acorn Day Nursery, Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes.   We’re proud to be one of the leading childcare providers in Milton Keynes, Northampton and Bedford with over 25 years’ experience who specialise in nature pedagogy and promoting the professional development of our employees. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary, great training and progression opportunities, enhanced pension contributions, and 50% childcare discount. As a not-for-profit organisation, Acorn always puts the needs of the children first, meaning you will be working for a business that cares about more than just profit. The position is part- time working 17.5 hours per week Monday through to Friday 2.00pm-5.30pm all year round. The ideal candidate will have previous experience in a working Kitchen environment and have knowledge in food prep including allergies (Basic Food hygiene desirable however not essential as training can be given)....
Acorn Early Years Foundation Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes, UK
07 Oct, 2020
Full time
We are looking for a Nursery Assistant  (experience within an Early Years setting and/or level L2 in Early Years desirable ) to join our Acorn Day Nursery at Castlethorpe.    We’re proud to be one of the leading childcare providers in Milton Keynes, Northampton and Bedford with over 25 years’ experience who specialise in nature pedagogy and promoting the professional development of our employees. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary, great training and progression opportunities, enhanced pension contributions, and 50% childcare discount. As a not-for-profit organisation, Acorn always puts the needs of the children first, meaning you will be working for a business that cares about more than just profit. The position is Full time working 40 hours per week Monday through to Friday all year round   (you would be required to do a variety of early and late shifts , early shifts can start as early as 7.15am and the late shifts close is 6.15pm).  We very much welcome...
£8.40 - £9.00 hourly
Acorn Early Years Foundation Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes, UK
07 Oct, 2020
Full time
We are looking for an inspirational Qualified Nursery Assistant (Must be qualified to at least a level 2 in Early Years)   to join our 33 place Acorn Day Nursery at Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes. We’re proud to be one of the leading childcare providers in Milton Keynes, Northampton and Bedford with over 25 years’ experience who specialise in nature pedagogy and promoting the professional development of our employees. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary, great training and progression opportunities, enhanced pension contributions, and 50% childcare discount. As a not-for-profit organisation, Acorn always puts the needs of the children first, meaning you will be working for a business that cares about more than just profit. The position is full time working 40 hours per week (you would be required to do a variety of early and late shifts , early shifts can start as early as 7.15am and the late shifts close is 6.15pm).  We very much welcome candidates that are looking...
£18,304 - £19,968 yearly
Acorn Early Years Foundation Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes, UK
07 Oct, 2020
Full time
We are looking for an inspirational Early Years Practitioner who holds a minimum level 3 qualification in Early Years  to join our Acorn Day Nursery, Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes.   We’re proud to be one of the leading childcare providers in Milton Keynes, Northampton and Bedford with over 25 years’ experience who specialise in nature pedagogy and promoting the professional development of our employees. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary, great training and progression opportunities, enhanced pension contributions, and 50% childcare discount. As a not-for-profit organisation, Acorn always puts the needs of the children first, meaning you will be working for a business that cares about more than just profit. The position is full time working 40 hours per week (you would be required to do a variety of early and late shifts , early shifts can start as early as 7.15am and the late shifts close is 6.00pm).  We very much welcome candidates that are looking to...