About Acrewood Nursery

For the best start in life

Acrewood Philosophy

The Acrewood Way

At Acrewood Day Nursery, we believe in the power of play. We are committed to preserving the magic of childhood by allowing the children’s natural curiosity and sense of wonder to nurture them and their interest in the world around them. At Acrewood, we teach the children how to think, not what to think and we foster their natural aptitudes and interests in order to build confidence and problem solving, social development and enthusiasm for learning.

At Acrewood, we don’t believe in classrooms, there is fascination all around and a magic in the freedom of expression when you’re little – it is something that we cherish and delight in; watching little faces light up with intrigue and curiosity.

About Acrewood Day Nursery

For the best start in life

Acrewood Day Nursery is unique in so many ways. Set in a large converted country house on the outskirts of St Helier, Acrewood is nestled within over 2 acres of magical woodland, providing ample opportunity for imaginative outdoor play. The large house and grounds mean that the children have plenty of space with well equipped, different areas and rooms for different age groups and purpose. Since opening in 2002, Acrewood has built a great reputation for providing an enriching and nurturing environment, giving children the confidence to explore, express themselves, and make new friends, preparing them for ‘big school’ and the wide world beyond.

Acrewood Day Nursery was started by Kirsty Haslehurst and is a family run business that employs over 21 members of staff, including a cook, who lovingly prepares the nursery’s daily snacks from seasonal, local produce – the banana muffins are a firm (but fluffy) favourite! Balancing action packed pursuits with peaceful play, Acrewood offers a wide variety of recreational and educational activities to keep little minds busy and balanced. Cookery, music, ICT, creative arts and PE are all undertaken through play and adult led activity with the main focus on fun.

Acrewood day nursery is committed to safe guarding and promoting the welfare of children.


Acrewood Staff

At Acrewood, we simply love what we do.

Our team of staff at Acrewood are all highly trained and qualified. All staff are first aid trained and have DBS clearance. We are a highly motivated team, here to support our families in any way that we can. We all attend regular training sessions, visit other nurseries to observe best practice and we all constantly strive to offer our children the best experience at preschool. Or fantastic team is made up of some 21 people, which ensures a good ratio of children and adults. Each and every member of the Acrewood staff add a little something extra to the homely and fun environment we’ve created… We’d love to introduce you to everyone, but we simply don’t have enough space here! So, please meet just some of our lovely team

Kirsty Haslehurst

Fully qualified in childcare and education, as well as paediatric first aid. Kirsty is the smiliest, happiest manager you ever could meet. Kirsty is the manager and head fun maker at Acrewood. Fully qualified with her NNEB Diploma in Nursery Nursing, Advanced Diploma in Child Care & Education, Charted Management Institute Level 5 Diploma in Management, Paediatric First Aid, Kirsty is also currently in the process of completing Forest School Training.

Kirsty has worked in childcare since 1997 with little ones between the ages of 0-5. Kirtsy’s favourite thing to do, when she isn’t conjuring up fun things for Acrewood’s programme of activities, is hanging out with her own little one, Hattie. The family love to go on holidays but when in Jersey they all love swimming and heading off to the park for picnics and adventures. Kirsty loves peas but hates sweetcorn.

Kelly Bonass

Deputy Manager & Tiny Tiggers Room Leader – Fully qualified in childcare and education, as well as paediatric first aid. Kelly joined Acrewood in 2002 after already working in childcare for 3 years. Kelly adores her job and the children adore Kelly.

Kelly is Kirsty’s right-hand woman and is qualified with her NNEB Diploma in Nursery Nursing, Charted Management Institute Level 3 Certificate in Management, and Paediatric First Aid. When Kelly qualified in 1999 she started work as a Nanny and moved into nursery when the boy she cared for went to school. Kelly joined Acrewood in 2002 and is a favourite amongst staff and children alike!

Kelly enjoys attending music festivals but festivals are on hold as Kelly recently became a mummy herself!

Rachel MacDonald

Qualified CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care & Education and Paediatric First Aid. Qualified in 2008 and worked in a nursery for 3 years before moving to Ireland. Rachel came to Acrewood on her return in 2014 and we are very pleased that she did!

Rachel plays bowls and holds some Jersey titles and she also won the British under 25’s title! Rachel’s favourite food is not sprouts.

Jeremy Haslehurst

Maintainence Manager – AKA Bob the Builder. Jeremy makes the school tick, he maintains and upkeeps practically everything, whilst being a fab dad to Hattie and husband to Kirsty.

Jeremy is a dab hand at Badminton and has represented the Island on a couple of occasions. Jeremy drives the mini bus and builds all of the fun play areas for the children. He is possibly the children’s favourite as they love to wave at him and shout his name whenever he is around!