All our staff are qualified or working towards a qualification in early years. Everyone has a DBS check. We welcome students who are studying for childcare qualifications from the local colleges and universities, but all must have a DBS check before starting their placement. We also welcome volunteers from the local community who must undergo the same DBS checks.
Special needs co-ordinator
B.Ed (honours) – Homerton College Cambridge Cipse
Leicester University Early Years Professional
All Day Monday and Thursday and Friday am
I am married with 6 children - two boys and 4 girls. Five of them are in fulltime work and my youngest is at Sheffield University.
As most of my family don't live in Leicester, I spend time visiting them in this country and in other countries.
Outside preschool I enjoy gardening, going to the theatre, eating out and watching the latest film. I like to go swimming to keep fit and try to go every day.
Health and Safety officer
Foundation Degree in Children and Young People’s services – Derby University
All Day Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday pm
I'm married with two grown up children, My Daughter lives with her Husband in Taunton, and a Son, who currently lives at home. I am not from Leicester, born in Portsmouth but consider my home town to be Plymouth, as my parents’ home town. I have a garden pond filled with gold fish.
Outside of pre-school I look after my family, and spend time visiting the family across the U.K
I enjoy gardening and visiting the Theatre, Cinema and going out for meals. Socialising with friends and family. I read, watching TV Drama’s and soaps, starting to take up sewing again and bake.
My name is Debbie Wood. I am married with two grown up children and live in Birstall.
I qualified as an NNEB in 1985 and I have worked as a Nanny, a Nursery Nurse in a primary school and after having my children worked at Acorn Under Fives Pre- School since 2000.
I enjoy spending time with my family, walking, cycling, travelling, reading, baking and gardening.
Foundation Degree in Early Years, Open University
All Day Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday am
I am married with two children, both girls. They have finished their education and are currently working here in Leicester. I have two rabbits called Pickle and Mr. Rabbit.
Outside of pre-school I look after my family and we enjoy long walks in the countryside along with shopping trips and visits to the cinema. I like to socialise with friends and family, meeting together for barbecues in the summer and cosy dinner parties in the winter. I enjoy reading, listening to music and cooking for my friends.
Diploma in Early Years level 3
All day Wednesday and Friday am
I live in Birstall with my husband and children. I have two teenage daughters. The youngest is at secondary school and the eldest is working for the NHS.
On the days I'm not at pre-school I work in the hospital.
At the weekends I like to relax with my family and friends and go on theatre/shopping trips. I enjoy decorating, watching Interior design programmes, walking and reading
Laura lives in Birstall with her partner and daughter, her daughter attended Acorn before starting primary school.
Level 3 in Pre-school Practice/Childcare
Special Needs Co-Ordinator in previous setting 2002-2019.
Tuesday pm, Thursday pm. All day Friday.
I live at home with my daughter.
Outside of Pre-school I care for my daughter who has MS and close family. My daughter and myself are lifelong fans of the Theatre and attend regularly. As well as both of us taking part in many Amateur Operatic productions over the years!
I enjoy city breaks, watching documentaries, dramas and listening to music.
Child care Level 2
Currently working on CACHE Child care level 3 course.
Tuesday all day, Thursday am, Wednesday and Friday pm.
I have 2 young children who are both at primary school. I live in Birstall. Outside of Pre-school I love spending time with my family and friends.
I enjoy walking, reading and go to the gym regularly every week.
Diploma for the Early Years and Young People Level 3
I live in Sileby with my partner and our children a boy in his last year at primary school and a girl who is at pre school. I enjoy spending time catching up with friends and having family days out. I like to exercise and run and recently am enjoying making time to get out and get back into fitness again.
I have worked at Acorn since January 2011.