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​"The experienced staff know the children in their care exceptionally well. They recognise their individual personalities, abilities and needs. They have an in-depth knowledge of what children can do and what they need to learn next.
Quote taken from our Ofsted Inspection Report; February 2020 

Meet the Team

Acorn Playgroup and Pre-School is run by dedicated, qualified and experienced Practitioners, many of whom have children of their own.  The team are trained to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage and our ethos is to create a secure, safe and stimulating environment that encourages the children to play and learn. 
 
We work in partnership with parents/carers and strive to make a positive contribution to each unique child by extending their knowledge and helping them to grow.  All staff members are subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and other relevant suitability checks and training is undertaken and updated regularly. 
Amanda Birtles - Manager: SENCo and Safeguarding Lead
Roxanne Speede - Deputy Manager; Safeguarding Deputy and Practitioner
Lisa Johnson - Practitioner
Mrs Birtles is the Manager at Acorn ...
  • Worked with children since 2004
  • NVQ - Level 3
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Paediatric First Aid
Mrs Speede is a Practitioner at Acorn ...
  • Worked with children since 2014
  • CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education Level 3 
  • Designated Safeguarding Deputy
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate
Mrs Johnson is a Practitioner at Acorn...
  • Worked with children since 1993
  • NVQ Childcare Level 3
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate
Sonia Wilsher -
Practitioner
Miss Wilsher is a Practitioner at Acorn ...
  • Worked with children since 2014 
  • CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education Level 3 
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate
Tara White - Practitioner
Mrs White is a Practitioner at Acorn ...
  • 5 years childcare experience
  • NVQ Childcare Level 2 and 3
Delia Alves - Early Years Administrator
Mrs Alves is the Early Years Administrator for Acorn ...
  • Worked with children since 2016
  • Previous Trustee of Acorn for 4 years
  • EYE Level 3 Diploma
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate
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