Meet the Staff

Jessica
Manager

I have worked at Little Acorns since 2013. I love my job as every day is different. The children are a joy to be around, their innocence and knowledge combined makes for interesting conversations and it is never a dull moment in our pre-school. I have been so fortunate to be given the role of Language Lead which I am thoroughly enjoying, working in small groups and sometimes one to one with children who are having some speech therapy sessions. I have done training for SENCO, Talking Still Matters, Let's Interact and much more. In my spare time I like to go to the gym, camping with my partner and two children, movie nights and days out.

Jeanette
Senior Pre-school Practitoner

Senior Pre-school Practitioner I have worked at Little Acorns since January 2010. I enjoy every aspect of my job and seeing the children happy when they are at pre-school. It is nice to see that I have had an impact on the children's lives through play and getting them ready for when they go off to their new school, it is a privilege to be part of this. I am also work alongside Jessica with Safeguarding. I am furthering my career at college studying for my level 5 in Early Childhood Studies, which I am enjoying. I spend my spare time with my daughter and family making lots of memories and travelling abroad.

Susan
Office Administrator

Office Administrator. I began working at Little Acorns in September 2012. Before that I served on the Little Acorns committee as Treasurer for 3 years, so I have seen the pre-school from serveral perspectives; parent, committee member and now employee. I enjoy being part of the Little Acorns team, it's a pleasure working in an enviroment where children are so evidently enjoying themselves while they develop and learn. I have lived in Shireoaks with my husband and two children since we moved from London in 2007, I enjoy spending time with my family, socialising with friends and watching my son play football and cricket.

Amy
Pre-school Practitioner

Pre-school Assistant. I began my childcare career back in 2008. After qualifying I started working as a volunteer at Prospect Hill Infant and Nursery School, then I went on to become supply staff. I also worked at Claremont House as a Nursery Practitioner before joining the team at Little Acorns. Working in early years I love that every day is never the same, there is always something different you learn from every child. Working with children in Early Years is a continuous learning curve and there is always something new to learn. I spend my spare time with my husband and my little boy going on long walks and visiting lots of different places. I love to spend time with my parents as they live in the country and it's very quiet and peaceful.

Johanna
Pre-school Practitioner

Pre-school Assistant. I am a qualified Teaching Assistant and Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (Level 3) and have worked at Little Acorns since 2015. After a successful 16 year career in retail, I retrained as a Teaching Assistant to gain greater flexibility in my home/work life balance. I craved to have job satisfaction in a role where I feel directly responsible for developing the futures of children after nurturing my own son’s growth. I feel it is important to teach important life skills in early years to prepare the children for their transition to primary school whilst making every day fun! I relish bringing the creative side out of all children and exploring their hidden talents.

Magda
Pre-school Practitoner

Pre-school Assistant. My childcare journey began in 2012 when I started as a volunteer at ELC-North Nottingham College Nursery and through these years I have become a qualified Nursery Nurse. Being a volunteer in a children's environment had a big impact on my decision to start a career in Childcare. Finishing Level 2 and Level 3 (Early Years Educator), First Aid and several relevant courses improved my practical and educational skills. This knowledge allows me to work with children, where I can understand and support their holistic development. I love working with children, they have an ability to make your day full of fun and surprises. It is a privilege to play a role in children's lives, experience how they learn and grow with the rest of their friends and see how they understand the world around them. It is priceless. My free time is always reserved for my family. Although each of us has different ideas, we try to be together and have fun.

Reka

I started my journey working with children in 2014 as a playworker. After this I joined Little Acorns as bank staff. I have now progressed to being a part of the team working as a pre-school practitioner. Along with my team, I am very happy to be included in broadening the knowledge of our little sunshine's as well as being involved in their growth, development and memories. For me the best part of working at Little Acorns is that it is an endless journey of growth full of excitement and progress. This allows me to gain knowledge in different aspects of my field and in supporting children's learning and wellbeing. Apart from that, in my spare time I love to hang out in nature, reading and watching movies.

Trish
Lunchtime Assistant

Lunchtime Assistant. I enjoy working with the children, and watching them grow and learn. Seeing them make friends, learn new names, counting and watching them interact through song time and role play. It is a pleasure to help them at lunchtimes, and be greeted so enthusiastically when you come in -it makes it great to come to work. In my spare time I like walking and gardening.