Mighty Oaks Little Acorns LTD - Care and Education for Children Under 5 “Tall Oaks From Little Acorns Grow” David Everett 1769 – 1813
Mighty Oaks Little Acorns LTD - Care and Education for Children Under 5 “Tall Oaks From Little Acorns Grow” David Everett 1769 – 1813

Meet Our Team

Mighty Oaks Little Acorns owners and staff are extremely experienced and highly qualified.  Staff commit to ongoing professional development to further enhance their practice.


“Providers must support staff to undertake appropriate training and professional development opportunities to ensure they offer quality learning and development experiences for children that continually improves” (Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, 2017 p 21). All  staff at Mighty Oaks Little Acorns are fully qualifed.


Name: Gwyneth Keen


Role: Director/Manager


Qualifications: MA Professional Development in Early Years - level 7, MSc in Psychology,  BA (Hons) 2:1 Childhood and Youth Studies - level 6,  TAQA (Assessor Award), ELKAN (Communication and Language) and an Advanced Diploma in SEN, 


Training: DSL (Designated Safeguarding Officer), Child Protection, First Aid, SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability), Safer Recruitment, Food Hygiene, GDPR.


Other information: Governor at Hartpury Primary School, Teacher at Hartpury Primary School (drama, music, dance), Professional Singer, EYLP (Early Years Lead Practitioner), Representative on the Early Years Provider Forum, Experienced in Early Years since 2002. Opened Mighty Oaks Little Acorns 2017.


Interests: Singing and walking my dogs.


Designated Director for: Designated Safeguaring Officer (DSO), Safeguarding, Finance, Communication, Staff Management,


Curriculum lead: Mathematical development

Name: Carol Beard


Role: Director/Manager


QualificationPGC Early Years - level 7, BA Early Years (open)- level 6,  EYP Status


Training: DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead), Child Protection, First Aid, SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability, Safer Recruitment, Fire Warden, Food Hygiene


Other information: EYLP (Early Years Lead Practitioner), Representative on the Early Years Provider Forum, Experienced in Early Years since 1997. Opened Mighty Oaks Little Acorns 2017.


Interests: Cooking, music and taking my grandson to the park.


Designated Director for: Health and Safety, ICT/Online Safety, Behaviour, Equality and Diversity, Equipment and Resources, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


Curriculum leadPhysical development lead


Name: Hannah Watkins-Cave 


Role: Hygge (hoo-ga) Coordinator


Qualification: BA ( Hons) 2.1 Early Childhood Studies - level 6


Training: Active Start, First Aid, Food Hygiene, Child Protection


Other information: EYLP (Early Years Lead Practitioner). Experienced in Early Years since 1997. Joined Mighty Oaks Little Acorns 2017.


Interests: Walking my dogs


Designated Lead for: Sustainability and outdoor learning


Curriculum leadPersonal, social and development lead

Name: Aneesa Jethwa


Role: Deputy - Rising 3's Lead


Qualification: BA (Hons) Early Years -level 6 


Training: First Aid, Child Protection, Food Hygiene


Other information: Joined Mighty Oaks Little Acorns 2018.


Interests: Cooking, craft work and travelling.


Curriculum lead:  Communication and language.


Name: Melanie Binning


Role: Senior Early Years Pratitioner - Pre-School Lead


Qualification: NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Pre-School Practice


Training: Food Hygiene, Equality and Diversity, Child Protection, 


Other information: SENDCOSpecial Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator.


Interests: Sewing and walking my dogs.


Curriculum lead: Literacy

Name: Melanie Alley


Role: Early Years Practitioner


Qualification: NVQ Level 3 in Childrens Care, Learning and Development,


Training: First aid, Child protection


Other information: 



Name: Melanie Orgee


Role: Senior Intervention Coordinator


Qualification: EYITT - Level 6




Other information: Joined Mighty Oaks Little Acorns 2019



Name: Hannah Kershaw


Role: Early Years Practitioner, DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead)


Qualification: NVQ and CACHE Diploma Level 3 in Childcare, Learning and Development




Other information: 



Name: Yasmin Laybourne Davis


Role: Early Years Practitioner


Qualification: Working towards Level 3 Early Years


Training: First Aid, Food Hygeine, Child Protection, Child Behaviour


Other information: 


Interests: Going to the gym and art.

Name: Yasmin Parekh


Role: Rising 2's Lead






Other information: Joined Mighty Oaks Little Acorns 2019



Name: Millie Pollard


Role: Apprentice






Other information: Joined Mighty Oaks Little Acorns 2019



Name: Amanda Thompson


Role: Family Support Worker


Qualification: NVQ Health and Social Care in Children and Young People- Level 3


Training: Child Protection, Tripple P (Positive Parenting Program)


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