Our Staff

We are proud of the high ratio of adults to children in our group. This ensures individual attention to the needs and development of each child.

Acorns is a happy place to work, and we have a high staff retention rate for our industry. We also have a number of staff who have been with us for more than 10 years – giving continuity to families who have seen several siblings come through Acorns.

Current staff

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Name Title Qualifications and experience
Becca Longman Practitioner NVQ Level 3 & First Aid
Louise Stubbs Practitioner NVQ Level 3 & First Aid
Chloe Connor Practioner  NVQ Level 3 & First Aid
Anita Ridley Deputy NVQ Level 3 & First Aid
Heather Page Joint Supervisor NVQ Level 4 Childcare Education & First Aid
Karen Heaton Joint Supervisor NVQ Level 4 Childcare Education & First Aid
Liz Gaida Manager MS Word and Excel, Computerised and Manual Bookkeeping & First Aid
Jess Wyeth Trainee Practitioner Working towards NVQ Level 3, First Aid
Steph Ennis Practioner NVQ Level 3 & First Aid

Additional Training

As well as gaining qualifications in early years care and education, staff take part in further training helping all staff to keep up to date with best practice within early years care and education.

Staff Recruitment

Acorns is committed to the safeguarding and promotion of child welfare. One of the ways we achieve this is through rigorous adherence to the safer recruitment process.  All staff undertake an enhanced DBS and provide two satisfactory references prior to commencing employment.

We believe for safeguarding and good practice all of our staff and volunteers, including management committee, need to feel valued and encouraged, and are appropriately trained, managed and supported in their work.