​"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 with 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
and Senior Practitioner
Mrs Birtles is the Manager of Acorn Playgroup & Pre-School ...
  • 15 years experience
  • NVQ Level 3
Abbie Pearce - Senior Practitioner
Mrs Pearce is a Pracitioner at Acorn ...
  • 24 years experience
  • NNEB
  • Lunch Club Co-ordinator
Sonia Wilsher - Assistant Practitioner
Miss Wilsher is an assistant practitioner and lunch club asssitant within Acorn.
Linda McLellan - Deputy and Senior Practitioner
Mrs McLellan is a Senior Practitioner and Deputy at Acorn ...
  • 13 years experience
  • Children's Workplace Diploma L3
  • Qualified Nurse
Angela Lumsdon - Senior Practitioner 
Mrs Lumsdon is a Practitoner in training with over 34 years experience working with children.
Karen Redmond - Senior Practitioner
Ms Redmond is a Senior Practitioner at Acorn ...
  • 13 years experience
  • NNEB
Lisa Johnson - Practitioner
Mrs Johnson is a Practitioner at Acorn...
  • 25 years experience
  • NVQ Childcare Level 3
Roxy Mann - Assistant Practitioner
Miss Mann is a qualified assistant practitioner and lunch club assistant within Acorn.
  • CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education Level 3 
Ann Duffett - Assistant Practitioner
Mrs Duffett is an assistant practitioner and lunch club assistant within Acorn.
Hazel Wright - Assistant Practitioner
Mrs Wright is an assistant practitioner and lunch club assistant within Acorn.
Delia Alves - Early Years Administrator
Mrs Alves is the Early Years Administrator for Acorn
  • EYE Level 3 Diploma.
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