Our Expert Childcare Staff

Our staff are extremely qualified ranging from NVQ Level 2 in Early Years Care and Education up to Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children and Young People - Early Years Management and between them have over 30 years’ experience of running a Pre-School.  All of our staff are approachable and friendly and strive to provide the best possible care for your children.

Our Manager,  Lorraine Fisher, who holds a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children and Young People, has 15 years experience of working in both the private and state sector and oversees the staff and children at Acorn Pre-School & The Mighty Oaks.  Julie Grinham is Deputy Manager who holds a Level 3 in Pre-School Practise and Emma Winrow is Mighty Oaks Supervisor, who holds a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education. 

All are staff are fully DBS checked and every staff member is Paediatric First Aid trained. Acorn Pre-School & The Mighty Oaks are working towards achieving Millie's Mark. {More information can be found under Millie's Mark Tab} 


  • Key Person

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.