About The Nursery

Acorns at USW Tel: 01443 407 815

Placement Manager Tel: 02920 382 009

Nursery Opening Times: 7.30am – 6pm

The newest addition to the Acorns family, this light and airy purpose built nursery can be found on the University of South Wales Pontypridd site at Treforest. Located on Llantwit Road, 5 minutes from the A470, this nursery is perfectly placed for travel in or out of Cardiff and the Valleys.

The nursery management team have had over 20 years experience working within Acorns. Staff and student children from USW as well as children from the wider community are welcomed into the picturesque nursery setting. Each group has their own base room and access to the tree-lined garden area enabling them to freely move between stimulating activities in the indoor and outdoor environment.  All our equipment is of the finest quality, chosen for its play and learning potential and is age appropriate to ensure that babies and children are learning through play.

The outdoor environment means that the children can hear the waterfall behind the nursery and the birds singing all day long.  The pre-school children enjoy a woodland trail walk to the dedicated forest school area  The covered outdoor area and open garden ensure that learning and fun continue whatever the weather.


What The Parents Say

"The staff at the Nursery are fantastic and I really can’t praise them enough! They have such a positive attitude and are very caring towards the children. Nothing is too much trouble and they have been so in-tune with my little boy's needs and emotions."
"The care shown toward my daughter at this nursery is second to none. All her needs are met to an excellent standard and nothing is too much trouble. The provision provided and planned activities are great and ensure that the children are learning as well as having fun."
"I can’t say enough good things about this fantastic nursery. The staff are excellent. My little girl loves it there. It’s like her extended family. I’m so pleased with how she has blossomed since being there. I highly recommend it!"
"I highly recommend Acorns USW Treforest. All the staff are so friendly and helpful and so loving and caring towards my little boy."
"Our two children attend Acorns Nursery and are both at different stages of their lives but Acorns are more than accommodating for all ages. I find our children have developed dramatically since attending and am so pleased with the care that is provided. Everyone is so kind and caring I instantly felt at ease knowing my children are in the best hands. I couldn't recommend Acorns enough they have truly set a high standard of care here."


  • Sensory Play
  • Holistic & Heuristic Play
  • Soft Play
  • Music & Movement
  • Role Play
  • Construction Toys
  • Dressing up
  • Art
  • Gloop/Plaste
  • Sand & Water
  • Dough & Clay
  • Cars, Bikes & Trikes
  • Painting
  • Stories
  • Sign & Makaton
  • Trips & Walks
  • Wooden blocks
  • Outdoor Play
  • Forest School
  • Growing Vegetables
  • Mud Kitchens


At Acorns we know the importance of healthy minds and healthy bodies and how vital it is for children to eat the right foods for growth and development.   We also know that if children eat well in their early years they go on to make healthy choices throughout their lives.

We believe  in providing home cooked, delicious meals every day and encourage the children to take a healthy interest in food.  Each nursery has a vegetable planter where the children sow seeds for peppers, courgettes, beans, potatoes, strawberries and more, these are then harvested and used by our Cooks in nursery meals.

Our Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer menus and are always packed with new ideas and seasonal fruit and vegetables.  The children enjoy breakfast, a 2 course lunch, high tea and a 5 o’clock snack.  All of our nurseries hold Gold Healthy Eating Snack Awards.   For babies and little ones we provide a puree and mash menu to ensure your child is enjoying foods for the correct stage of their development, older children are encouraged to self serve at the table to allow independence.

Our Nursery Nurses sit with the children at each meal to encourage and assist them at mealtimes, this promotes good table manners and social skills.

Cooking activities are a popular part of nursery life, and the children love to take part in food tasting sessions.    We celebrate different cultures and festival at Acorns and enjoy learning about and discovering foods from all over the world.

Acorns Nurseries are now providers of the Childcare Offer in Wales for eligible working parents of 3-4 year olds. Parents can apply by contacting the local Family Information Service.