Meet our Team...
Our team is dedicated to providing a positive, safe, caring, warm and friendly environment for your child. Each Pre-School child has a dedicated Key Worker. They meet your child on a Home Visit before they start, so they can start to build a relationship with them and get to know what they like, meaning when they start they have formed a friendship to ease the transition when starting. Key Workers will work with your child in Pre-School and monitor and track their progress throughout their time with us.
Our team work across Pre-School and Mighty Oaks, our wrap around care service. This means Pre-School children who stay for wrap around care are cared for by the same staff. Children attending Mighty Oaks from our local schools, Shefford Lower School and Robert Bloomfield Academy, will often know the staff from when they attended Pre-School or will know their faces from spotting them around the school site in their bright blue hoodies!
Our greatest asset is our staff team. They are experienced, knowledgeable and committed. Our Manager Lyndsey Black, has worked at Acorn Pre-School & The Mighty Oaks since 2015 and prior to that she volunteered with us. Lyndsey is passionate about early years education and providing the best for our pupils and their families. Her approach means each of our children starts their day feeling valued, loved and appreciated.
Staff qualifications range from NVQ Level 2 to Level 5 and all employees receive child protection / safeguarding and first aid training as standard, in addition to the many courses and professional networks they attend during their time with us. We have a trained SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) who keep up to date with best practice and can advise on any child who may have additional needs or special requirements.
When your child first joins us, they will be allocated a ‘key worker’, who helps them settle in and monitors them throughout their time at Pre-School. This staff member ensures that what we provide is right for your child’s particular needs and interests. Key workers also create and maintain your child’s Learning Journal. However, all staff will have a good knowledge of your child and their needs.
Leadership and Management
Acorn Pre-School & The Mighty Oaks is a registered charity and managed by the Voluntary Management Committee, the Committee is made up of the Manager and parents of children attending or have attended. The Management Committee have responsibility for all the operational and legal obligations: employing the staff and managing the day-to day running, including adherence to Ofsted regulations and Government legislation.
We hold Millie's Mark Accreditation. Millie's Mark is an exceptional achievement for a childcare setting, as it shows we and our staff go well above and beyond minimum requirements in keeping children safe.
Click the links below for our staff profiles...
- Lyndsey Black - Manager
- Maureen - Deputy Manager & SENCo
- Chloe - Session Leader
- Harleigh - Session Leader
- Natalie - Practitioner, Health & Safety Co-ordinator
- Hayley H - Practitioner, Looked After Child Co-ordinator
- Hannah - Practitioner
- Emily - Practitioner
- Hayley B - Practitioner
- Debbie - Practitioner (Trainee)
- Gemma - Assistant
- Jamie - Assistant
- Caryn - Administration Assistant
- Key Worker Role
I started working in 2014 as a volunteer at the Pre-School and became a permanent member of Mighty Oaks staff in 2015. I enjoy taking my two children on outdoor adventures in the little spare time I have.
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
1:1 SEN support Co-ordinator
I started working at Acorn in January 2018, I have qualified for my NVQ Level 2. Having previously been on the Committee for many years I was already familiar with the staff and families. I am a mum to 3 young children who keep me very busy and i love animals.
Level 2 Food Hygiene
Paediatric First Aid and First Aid at Work (to be completed)
Pre-School and Wrap Around Care Assistant
Once your child has been allocated a space at Acorn Pre-School, you will be informed of your child's Key Person and a home visit will be offered.
We run a Key Person system that encourage children to form a close relationship with their designated key person. In addition to helping children to feel safe and secure this system also gives all parents/carers a point of contact within the group with a member of staff who works closely with their child. Your child’s key person is responsible for maintaining your child’s learning journal and collating data on their progress.
We remain flexible with our key person groups; if for any reason we feel a child would be happier or better suited to another group due to bonding or developmental needs we strive to accommodate the change. A visual display of the children and the allocated key persons is displayed in the classroom. Parents are informed immediately of any change.