Children learn through hands on experiences
Education begins at birth; we recognise the key role parent's play as their children's first educators and parent's commitment to their children's early education.
Our services will respect and value children and parents individual differences and celebrate ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity. We aim to be flexible and responsive to the needs of all local children and their extended families and want to create a setting that is warm, welcoming, and happy and reflects the needs of the community.
We want to be a strong advocate for children and families, encourage children to have a voice, involve parent's in their children's learning, be a place for community development and community learning and enable children to maximise their health, well-being and life.
Mighty Oaks Little Acorns is situated in a purpose built building next to Tredworth Infant School. We have three base rooms: Rising 2's, Rising 3's and a Pre-school room. In addition to our three base rooms we also have a wonderful dining room and a cosy story room, two offices and a staff room. We have a fabulous secure outdoor area which includes a 'Forest School' area.
Mighty Oaks Little Acorns also offers:
Family Support Worker: Onsite support from our Family Support Worker, more information available here.
Green Square: Signposting to Green Square, click here for more details.
PALS Social Skills Programme: (Play and Learning to Socialise). PALS intervention is led by a fully trained member of staff. The programme focuses on the development of social skills by teaching children constructive ways to solve problems in social situations using stories (acted out by puppets), DVD clips, the use of role play activities and songs. Skills can be further developed at school by other staff members and at home with the child’s parents/carers. The programme consists of 10 sessions each focusing on a particular social skill: Greeting Other, Taking Turns (Talking and Listening), Taking Turns at Play, Sharing, Asking for Help, Identifying Feeling, Empath, Overcoming Fear and Anxiety, Managing Frustration, Calming Down and Speaking.
Intergenerational care: We also plan to work with a local care home in the future. Intergenerational care is the practice of bringing the young and elderly together by introducing nurseries and care homes to one another. More details to follow soon.
2017: New ownership Gwyneth Keen and Carol Beard
2016: Tredworth Early Education Centre - Barnardos
2013: Tredworth Early Education Centre - '4 Children'
2006: The centre was designated as a phase one children’s centre (Part of the Finlay and Tredworth Children’s Centre).
I am the centre manager for Little Oaks Nursery in Hartpury and have been for 15 years. We have been fortunate to secure three consecutive outstanding' judgements from Ofsted over that period.
I am qualified to Level 7, hold a Ma in Early Years, an Msc in Psychology and a degree in Childhood and Youth Studies. I have also been a lead practitioner for Gloucestershire since its pilot 7 years ago, am an early years representative on Gloucestershire's Schools Forum and sit on the Early Years Forum. I am the EYFS, SEND and Child in Care Governor for Hartpury Primary school.
Prior to my teaching career I was a professional singer for many years (and still continue to perform) and also teach dance, drama and music to both children and adults nationally. I am passionate about the arts and how imagination and creativity can enrich children's lives and firmly believe that learners should be actively involved in the process of their own learning.
Link to Little Oaks Hartpury website
I have three grown up children and a grandson. I live with my partner, Mark Dwyer who is Tredworth born and bred. I feel that living in the local area provides me with a good understanding of the individual requirements of children and their families, both in Tredworth and the surrounding areas.
I have worked in Early Years for 20 years and seen many changes. My beliefs however have always remained the same“, To provide young children with the best possible care and education with an emphasis on ‘learning through play". I was the Manager of Ruardean Acorns Pre-school until April 2019 and led the setting through two Outstanding Ofsted inspections.
I am qualified to Level 7 (Post Graduate Certificate In Early Years). I have gained EYPS (Early Years Professional Status), which is a professional accreditation endorsed by the government. I am also an Early Years Lead Practitioner and a representative for the Early Years Forum.