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
  • 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

Joined January 2015.

Becca Deacon – Assistant Manager

    • Foundation Degree in Arts Children & Young People’s workforce.
    • Paediatric First Aid

Joined September 2017.


Joanne Eastman – Business Manager

  • IAB Level 2 Certificate in Book Keeping (SAGE).
  • Executive Secretary’s Diploma including Business Administration and Principles and Practice of Management.
  • RSA level 3 in Text Processing / Word Processing / Audio Transcription and Document Presentation.

I first got involved with Little Acorns in 2008, as part of the committee, when my son began attending the pre-school. I successfully applied to become Little Acorns’ Administrator in October 2008 and 6 years later I continue to love working at Little Acorns. I work 3 mornings each week and my responsibilities include; invoicing, book keeping, payroll and general administrative duties. I deal with any queries that parents and carers may have regarding their fees and payments and I am always happy to help in any other way I can.

Zoe Townsend – Pre-school Assistant

  • Level 3 Qualifications in childcare

Jodie Thomas – Pre-school Assistant

  • Level 3 Qualifications in childcare

Michelle Osborne – Pre-school Assistant / Bank Staff

  • Level 3 Qualifications in childcare

Lucia Laity – Pre-school Assistant / Bank Staff

  • Currently undertaking training for Level 3 qualification

Kate Jenkins-Bennett – Pre-school Assistant / Bank Staff

Evelyn Burbery – Volunteer


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.


Kayley Toy – Vice Chair and Representative of Penponds School

Tom Collett – Treasurer

Committee Members

  • Sylvia Rowe
  • Jon Dennis
  • Olive Stephens
  • Jess Cudlip
  • Charlotte Floyd