Mighty Oaks Little Acorns LTD
Mighty Oaks Little Acorns LTD

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 


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


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: Governor at Ruardean C of E Primary School,  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: Manager


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: Safeguarding, Behaviour, Health and Safety. 


Curriculum leadPersonal, social and development lead

Name: Aneesa Jethwa


Role: Deputy


Qualification: BA (Hons) Early Years -level 6 




Other information: Joined Mighty Oaks Little Acorns 2018.




Curriculum lead:  Communication and language


Name: Leigh Sladen


Role: Forest Ranger


Qualification: QTS - level 6


Training: Forest School, First Aid, Child Protection, Food Hygiene


Other information: Experienced  in Early Years since 1989


Interests: Gardening and working with fused glass.


Curriculum lead: Understanding the world

Name: Jen Keen


Role: Senior Early Years Practitoner - Rising 3's lead


Qualification: Early Years Teacher (EYITT) - level


Training: Active Start, Food Hygiene, Child Protection, 


Other information: Experienced  in Early Years 2017


Interests: Exploring the outdoors and cooking.


Curriculum lead: Expresive arts and design.

Name: Melanie Binning


Role: Senior Early Years Pratitioner - Rising 2's 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.




Curriculum lead: Literacy

Name: Melanie Alley


Role: Early Years Practitioner


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




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Name: Amy Harris


Role: Student (Studying Early Years Teacher (EYITT)






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Name: Amanda Thompson


Role: Family Support Worker






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