Acorn to Oak was the brainchild of an inspirational Portumna woman who saw the need for childcare in Portumna. Together with a strong committee they fundraised capital and were rewarded 1.3 million under the “Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme” from the department of Justice, Equality and Law reform in June 2005, in September 2007 the crèche was opened.

This service is community-based facility operated by a voluntary Board of Directors.


Acorn to Oak Crèche, (Portumna Community Childcare Group Ltd,) is a community based childcare provider offering quality, affordable childcare. Acorn to Oak is a purpose built, state of the art crèche. Under the guidance of our highly qualified professional staff, we provide a homely safe setting that delivers a curriculum whereby each child’s interests and individual needs are catered for with love and affection. The crèche becomes a home from home where your children can express themselves, make new friends, develop, and grow within a warm and welcoming environment.

At Acorn to Oak, we believe in inclusion and equality. We foster inclusive environments where equality and diversity are upheld and respected. As a result, the children form positive identities and a real sense of belonging. We welcome all families.

Acorn to Oak provides 4 outdoor play areas. Children need to be active throughout the day and outdoors allows them to get fresh air and learn through play, movement, communication and sensory experiences which the outdoor provides on a much greater scale than indoors.

Mission Statement

To provide Quality, Affordable, Accessible, and Integrated Childcare Service for Portumna and surrounding area.

Register your child

Here you can register your child.