Acorns Pre-school is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 3pm during school term times. All the staff working in the pre-school are well-qualified and hold relevant early years qualifications. Acorns operates a high staff to child ratio to ensure the best possible care and learning for the children. Our staff are:
Paula Jenkins is the manager and has over thirty years experience working with children. She has worked at Acorns since 2002, first as deputy and since September 2007 as Manager. In December 2013, having completed a degree in Early Years Care and Education, Paula graduated with First Class Honours. In September 2019 Paula also took on the role of manager at Seagry Pre-school and became the Pre-school Lead for Christian Malford, Seagry and Somerford Walter Powell Primary Schools.
Laura has been a big part of Acorns for a number of years, as a supportive parent and committee member as well as running the parent and toddler group, Little Acorns. Mum of three Laura has worked for Acorns since April 2015. She completed a level 3 Early Years Educator qualification in March 2018 and since September 2019 has been in charge of running the pre-school in Paula’s absence.
Heather is our newest permanent member of staff and a firm favourite with the children. Heather worked in various early years settings and schools before joining us in Summer 2019, demonstrating a wide range of experience and diversity. She holds a BA(Hons) Early Childhood Study with Childhood in Society.
Amanda is a staff member who couldn’t stay away! Having worked at Acorns for six years, Amanda left to persue a new challenge and develop her career in a different area. Fortunately for us she came back to us in January 2020 to cover maternity leave and since September 2020 has worked across the three schools and pre-schools that make up The Vine Schools. Amanda holds a NVQ level 3 in Childcare and also a Level 3 Forest School Leaders Qualification.
All of Acorns staff hold up to date DBS checks, Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection and Food Hygiene qualifications.
Acorns Pre-school is located in a its own building within the grounds of Christian Malford Primary School. The main entrance is secure at all times and offers an area for the children to hang their coats and bags. The large classroom opens out on to a developed, extensive and very imaginative outside learning environment. The secure garden allows children to explore through free-flow play in sensory areas, climbing on the spider web, a timber playhouse, water and sand play. There is also secure, direct access to adjacent Malford Meadow and local woodland.
The pre-school serves the local area but also welcomes children from across North Wiltshire. There is disabled access and children with learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities are supported by a qualified SENCO.
Acorns Pre-school is part of the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust and is governed by The Vine School Local Board.
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