When I start to talk or write about Acorns, the first word that comes to mind is PASSION! Acorns is a nursery created firstly with PASSION, PASSION for children, PASSION for an education adapted to suit each child, PASSION for the best strategy of working with children, PASSION for the best team!

Since its opening in 2004 with two children, ACORNS Nursery has set out to be more than just a nursery. It set out to be a role model, to make its mark on education and the community, to influence for the better the lives of the children enrolled here, parents and team members, to create the type of community that today’s children will be able to replicate in 2030 –  with values, knowledge and positive behaviour. PASSION was the foundation for this decision! And since passion is not enough, there was also a need for a lot of work, research, energy and determination.

The past 15 years showcase these elements, the generations formed by Acorns, about changed destinies, about the past and the future, about PASSION, LOVE, UNIQUENESS, EXCELLENCY, INVOLVEMENT, GRATITUDE, PROFESSIONALISM, GENEROSITY, AUTHENTICITY, values that we promote and which are at the heart of our activity.

When you start off with passion, you discover the TALENTS of the children in your care and those of your team, you appreciate and nurture them, you follow how they come to fruition and what they can offer those around you, how they can develop into the contributors of tomorrow, the citizens of the world!  Traditionally, the first reaction is to inhibit these talents, to stifle them, because recognizing the individual and what sets him or her apart makes the educational process more challenging. However, I believe that the purpose of education is to adapt itself to every child and to create supportive strategies and methods based on individuality, rather than having one mass method that is imposed on a whole group of children.

Each person, whether small or big has his/her own ‘sparks’ – talents that set them apart, the UNIQUE element. Since the moment a child is born, our role as educators, whether we are parents or teachers, is to discover these talents and support their development and fulfilment. I believe that this is the role of education!

In Acorns we have set out to acknowledge from the first age group (1-3 years old) what the TALENTS of every child are, what sets them apart, what makes them unique and how we can adapt the educational process to support these talents.

And if you add the TALENTS of each team member, the UNIQUE way in which they contribute to the success of ACORNS, then you discover the colour and energy of this project!

In ACORNS a love of children is the first requirement that we look for when recruiting new team members, and next comes PASSION, passion to learn something new, for teamwork, for breaking patterns, for professional challenges, together with a set of strong values that need to be in line with our own. When a love for children and passion come together with talent, with the unique way in which team members can contribute, then we get the perfect recipe: a unique way of working for the benefit of every adult and child who goes through the ACORNS experience.

I think this is the actual recipe for any successful project: a set of strong VALUES in order to know where you start and what will guide your mission and actions, PASSION and TALENT; PASSION as an engine that sets things in motion and recognized TALENT and support as the main ingredients of the activity. For the current situation, the recipe for education and children is called ACORNS!

I invite you to join us and, if you can’t, to follow us and discover where the TALENT and PASSION of each team member, each parent and each child will take ACORNS and education in the next 15 years!

Thank you!