At Mighty Oaks Little Acorns, the directors 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).
Name: Gwyneth Keen
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: 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, Centre Manager at Little Oaks, Hartpury. Opened Mighty Oaks Little Acorns Tredworth 2017 and Wild Oaks Early Learnng Centre Cirencester 2019.
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
Qualification: PGC 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 and Wild Oaks Early Learnng Centre Cirencester 2019.
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), Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
Curriculum lead: Physical development lead
Name: Melanie Binning
Role: Deputy - Rising 3's Lead
Qualification: NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Pre-School Practice
Training: Food Hygiene, Equality and Diversity, Child Protection,
Other information: : Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator.
Interests: Sewing and walking my dogs.
Curriculum lead: Literacy
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: Experienced in Early Years since 1997.
Interests: Walking my dogs
Designated Lead for: Wellbeing, sustainability and outdoor learning.
Curriculum lead: Personal, social and development lead