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Management Team

Donna Downs &

Sarah Horsfall

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01780 766493

Jo Goldsmith - Head of Childcare


Our staff are a fully committed and motivated childcare team who are highly qualified and experienced professionals.  We encourage staff to further their studies so that they can provide the best possible childcare for all the children in attendance.


Regular training is also undertaken by all the staff to ensure that their knowledge is up to date including in house training sessions run by the ‘Totem pole.


Each room is managed by a room manager who then reports to the Deputy Manager's and then the Head of Childcare centre.  A Key person is assigned to each child prior to them attending the Acorn Childcare centre, this ensures that the parent/carer have an initial contact person however if the child forms a positive relationship with a different practitioner, then in consultation with the parent/carer, a change will be made to your child’s key person if possible.


The Acorn Childcare centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and all staff adhere to this commitment.  Enhanced DBS checks are carried out to ensure the suitability of practitioners to care for the children.  The Children Act 1989 requires that all staff pass on information which raises concern that a child may be at risk from non-accidental injury, neglect, emotional or sexual abuse.

I started working at Acorn Childcare Centre in 2013 and I qualified in BA Early Years in 2011.


I am First Aid trained and hold a certificate in Safeguarding Children. I am also SENCo trained and the designated Safeguarding Officer.


I love being outside, planting vegetables and encouraging the children to grow and eat the vegetables.


I qualified as a forest school leader in 2016 and I enjoy holding weekly forest school sessions


In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband and daughters and also reading and going down my allotment.

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Kerry Gray - Finance Officer

I started working at Acorn Childcare Centre in 2015 and I qualified in Business Administration with an NVQ 3 and a Higher Diploma in 2000.


I love meeting new people and love that no 2 days are the same!


In my spare time I go to zumba.  I also volunteer at the rugby club where my son plays.

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- Deputy Manager's

SarahHorsfall DonnaDowns

Donna - I qualified in childcare in 1995 and I am the out of school club manager and setting SENCo.  I have 3 children and in my spare time I am an avid netball player.


Sarah - I qualified in childcare in 2006 and I am also the pre-school room manager.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and travelling