Meet the Little Acorns Team!

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Jenny Dickens - Manager

I hold a level 3 NVQ in Children's Care, Learning and Development. I have held the role of SENCO at Little Acorns for a number of years.  Through this role I have enjoyed working with parents, colleagues and outside agencies to ensure children in our setting with additional needs reach their full potential.  I have been involved in Little Acorns for 15 years either as a parent, committee member or member of staff, all 3 of my daughters enjoyed their time at the pre school.

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Lisa Sheehy - Deputy Manager

I qualified as a level 3 practitioner in March 2014 and have previously worked in a school supporting older children with disabilities but my heart has always been in working with pre-school children. Within Little Acorns I am the fire safety office and Deputy SENCO. I have two children of my own, both of whom have attended Little Acorns. I find children fascinating and love watching them learn through play; I love my job and find it really rewarding!

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Jen Creed

I joined Little Acorns as a practitioner in February 2017. I have two children of my own who both spent their pre school years at Little Acorns. I have a Diploma Level 3 in Early Learning and Childcare and have worked with children in a childcare setting since 2010. I especially enjoy having fun with the children in creative and physical play, as well as individual one to one work. It's lovely to see them progress into 'little' individuals ready for their transition into big school.

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Kim Gibbs

I started as bank staff in 2015 and am currently working towards my Level 3 EYE Diploma. I have been a part of Little Acorns since 2010 when my eldest daughter started, followed by my youngest daughter in 2014; both loved their time at Little Acorns and still enjoy coming to breakfast club before school. I love playing games, reading and singing with the children.


Terri Ford

I am currently hold an NVQ level 2 and I am working towards my level 3 NVQ in Childcare and Education.

I love working with children and find my job very rewarding. I enjoy seeing the children grow and develop their own personalities and flourish.  I especially enjoy cooking with the children and lots of outside activities.  I have 2 daughters both of whom attended Little Acorns.

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Dawn Ilott

Dawn joined the Little Acorns team in 2016. She is working towards her NVQ level 3 qualification.


Kaylee Ball

Kaylee joined Little Acorns as a permanent staff member in 2021 but has worked within our setting for a number of years.  She holds a level 4 in Childcare and Education.


Katie Bath

Katie is our Office Manager and point of contact.  She has worked at Little Acorns for over 10 years both with the children and behind the scenes and is NVQ level 3 qualified.  Katie has worked in Early Years and primary schools with children aged from 2 - 8 years.


Maxine Bruckner

Maxine joined our team in 2021 and is currently working towards her Level 2 Childcare qualification. Maxine is thoroughly enjoying learning about Early Years and working with the Little Acorns Team.

Natasha Dilling

Natasha joined our team in 2022 and works most mornings at our breakfast club and preschool, and holds a Level 3 Childcare qualification.  Natasha is involved in her local Scout Group outside of Little Acorns and has 2 daughters of her own.