Meet the Team

Meet the Team here at Little Acorns

At little acorns we have a highly qualified, dynamic and dedicated team



Claire King – Manager

    • BA QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)
    • Forest School Teacher
    • Paediatric First Aid
    • Group 3 Multi-Agency Child Protection
    • Safeguarding Level 3
  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

I qualified as a teacher in 2001 and since that time have had the pleasure of working with children from the ages of 2 to 11.

I became involved with Little Acorns in June 2013 when I joined the committee. I helped to establish school holiday Stay and Play sessions and would work on a cover basis as a pre-school assistant. In March 2014 I began work at Little Acorns as Acting Manager and in May 2014 I successfully gained the post as Manager.

I particularly enjoy working with pre-school children as each day you get to share their excitement at making new discoveries.

 Louisa Harris – Assistant Manager

  • Level 3 in Pre-school Practice.
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Group 3 Multi-Agency Child Protection
  • Safeguarding Level 3
  • Healthy Eating Under 5’s Coordinator

Joined January 2015.

Jodie Thomas – Assistant Manager

  • Level 3 Qualifications in Childcare
  • Safeguarding Level 3
  • Health & Safety Officer
  • Paediatric First Aid

Joined in October 2017

Joanne McClelland – Administrator

  • AAT Level 2 in Accounting
  • RSA Level II
  • Safeguarding Level 3
  • Foundation Certificate for School Administration
  • Certificate in Understanding Mental Health in Children & Young People

Joined Little Acorns in May 2019

Zoe Townsend – SENCO Pre-school Assistant

  • Level 3 Qualifications in childcare
  • Early Years Senco Award Level 4
  • Safeguarding Level 3
  • Qualified Senco level 4

Joined September 2017


Michelle Dickenson – Pre-school Assistant / Bank Staff


Cath Lloyd – Pre-School Assistant/Bank Staff


Frank Burbery – Chairperson

I have lived in Penponds since 1987 and spent most of the time since then working with young people at Cornwall College. I am pleased to be able to work as one of the team to ensure the long term future of Little Acorns.

Tom Collett – Treasurer and Parent

Committee Members

  • Sylvia Rowe – Secretary/Fundraising
  • Olive Stephens – Vice Chair