From the first day our son started at Acorn we have always been warmly welcomed. He's smiled every day since starting and who wouldn't with a menu such as he has (brioche, strawberries, curries, fish cakes ) coupled with a rich learning and sharing environment, horses, cows, sheep and chickens to say hello to every morning and caring arms to give him a hug. We couldn’t be happier with our choice. Mark and Kerith


Acorn Day Nursery uses the Pre-Birth to Three and the Curriculum for Excellence as our guiding influence for learning. Children between the ages of three and five are offered Government funding for part of their nursery session and during this time children follow the pre-school curriculum. Pre-School children have a Personal Learning Plan which monitors the childs progress, contains samples of their work and photographs of their achievements at nursery and at home. The Personal learning Plan (or PLP) is shared with both the nursery and their parents, each free to add anything they feel has been achieved by the child. When moving onto Primary School, each child takes their PLP with them which allows their teacher to follow their development and to see what stage they are at.

Our Policies – ILLNESS

Please observe the nursery policy as regards a sick child (Please refer to Terms and Conditions)
Coughs and colds are acceptable, unless they are virulent, but any child on antibiotics, should be withdrawn from the nursery for 48 hours. Should antibiotics be prescribed, one dosage must be given at home before a child is allowed back at nursery in case of severe reaction.
Any diarrhea/vomiting to remain away from nursery for 48 hours following last bout
All children with infectious illnesses/rashes/spots should remain at home until better.


Children in nappies should bring their days supply with them. We also require that you supply your child with a named pack of wipes and a pot of nappy cream also with their name on it. (We will let you know when you require more)
All creams and preparations used for the skin are regarded as a medicine and written consent for its use must be given. All clothes and personal belongings should be named/labelled as unfortunately Acorn cannot be held responsible for articles that go missing from the premises.
During winter months, a pair of welly boots are advisable and a pair of soft shoes/slippers for indoor use.

Meet Our Team

Gillie Stewart – Nursery Owner

Gillie was born in Fife and gained her RGN at Guys Hospital, London and her RSCN at Birmingham Childrens Hospital before opening Acorn Day Nursery in 1992.

Rhona Duncan – Nursery Manager

Rhona is a fully qualified Early Years Officer. Rhona completed a PDA in Childcare and Education, and is currently working towards her BA in Childhood Practice.

Acorn Day Nursery – Early Years Officers

All of Acorn Day Nursery’s Early Years Officers are fully qualified.