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

Mighty Oaks Staff

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


Role: Director/DSO


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, 


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, HartpuryOpened 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


Role: Director


Qualification: PGC Early Years - level 7, BA Early Years (open)- level 6,  EYP Status


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, football, snooker and spending time with my children and grandchildren.


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: Samantha Barnard


Role: Manager, Oaks Room Lead (Preschool)


Qualification: Degree in Education and Early Years Study - Level 6, EYPS Status


Other information: Joined mighty Oaks Little Acorns 2020


Interests: Cooking, walking, spending time with family


Curriculum lead:  Cooking

Name: Melanie Binning


Role: Deputy - Seedlings Room Lead (Rising 2's)


Qualification: NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Pre-School Practice


Other information: 


Interests: Sewing and walking my dogs.


Curriculum lead: Literacy

Name: Yasmin Parekh


Role: Acorns Room Lead (Rising 3's)


Qualification: Level 4


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: Melanie Orgee


Role: SENDCO - Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator


Qualification: EYITT - Level 6


Other information: Joined Mighty Oaks Little Acorns 2019. Works at Mighty Oaks, Wild Oaks and Little Oaks.



Name: Louise Wilson


Role: Early Years Practitioner


QualificationBTEC National Diploma in Early Years – Level 3


Other information: Joined Mighty Oaks Little Acorns 2020



Name: Amanda Thompson


Role: Family Support Worker


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


Other information: 


Interests: Wood carving and felting.

Name: Ella Madigan


Role: Apprentice


Qualification: WT Level 3 Early Years


Other information: Joined Mighty Oaks Little Acorns 2019



Name: Scarlet Organ


Role: Apprentice


Qualification: W/T level 3 Early Years




Other information: Joined Mighty Oaks Little Acorns 2020



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