Acorn2Oak Staff Profiles

We carefully select our staff. All our staff are DBS checked and are certified to work with children.

Tanya Harris

Tanya Harris

Preschool Manager

I am married with two wonderful children; I have been in childcare since I left college and still thoroughly enjoy every minute of my job. I have been in childcare since 1991 and at the preschool since 2011. I feel that the experience I have, has helped me to develop the Pre-School alongside my colleagues into a happy and secure place for the children to thrive in. I am currently studying towards a BA in Early Years, which will enable the Pre-school to move forward into the future.

Jade Robinson

Jade Robinson

Deputy Manager/Send Coordinator

I began here in 2012 I have a level 4 qualification in childcare and have progressed to the position of Deputy Manager, I also am the preschool’s ‘Send Coordinator’ I love being a part of the children’s lives and helping them to learn.
I enjoy working as part of a team to ensure all the children are excited to learn on their journey of education.

Anne Prentice

Anne Prentice

Administrator

I have had the pleasure of working in this Pre-School since 2000 and have level 3Diploma in Childcare. I held the position of Deputy Manager for many years but now use the knowledge and skills for my role as Administrator.
I am usually the voice on the other end of the phone or replies to your emails. I have two grown up daughters and a granddaughter. I also live locally, giving me an understanding of the local community and its diversity.

Sam Humphries

Sam Humphries

Early Years Educator/Behavior Rep

I’ve been working here since 2008 and still love all aspects of working with the children and parents. I am the ‘Behavioral Representative’ and work closely with all the staff, families and outside agencies to maintain a safe, happy environment to learn in.

Toni Potter-Basilgannay

Toni Potter-Basilgannay

Early Years Educator/Additional Support Assistant

I began here in 2012; I hold a level 2 qualification in childcare. I started as a lunchtime supervisor and have progressed to an Early Years Educator and Additional Support Assistant. I enjoy working at the preschool, helping children to learn as they grow.

Tamara Hammond

Tamara Hammond

Early Years Educator

I have been working at Acorn2Oak since 2015, and I hold a level 3 qualification in childcare. I enjoy singing (staff not so much : ) dancing and playing with the children, watching them develop and grow. I am creative and like to plan activities and organise messy play.

Shelley Thomson

Shelley Thomson

Early Years Educator

I have worked here since 2015; I have 20 years of childcare experience and a level 3 qualification in childcare. I enjoy planning activities for the children, where I can see them learn by new experiences and challenging themselves.
I work close with others members of the team to ensure a happy, friendly and safe environment. I look forward to meeting you and your children.

Shela Begum

Shela Begum

Early Years Practioner

I have worked in schools with children of all ages and playgroups, since 2011. I joined Acorn2Oak in 2018 and enjoy being part of the team. I have experience in additional needs and I am also bilingual.

Hannah Allaton

Hannah Allaton

Early Years Educator

I am a level 3 Early Years Educator, working towards a Level 4, I am also Elklan trained, this helps support the children’s speech and language development. I enjoy watching the children learn and develop on their learning journey, whilst at the preschool. I’m married with a daughter and we live locally.

Hellen Rose

Hellen Rose

Early Years Educator

I’m a Mum of 4 children, 2 girls and 2 boys. I have a dog, 2 birds, a guinea pig, a lizard, and some tropical fish.
I joined Acorn2Oak in 2018 and I have a level 3 qualification in childcare and I am also a qualified Sendco. I have worked in childcare for 26 years and have a special interest in speech, language and Makaton. My hobbies include craft, crochet and reading.

Chelsea Powell

Chelsea Powell

Additional Support Assistant

I work one to one with children in the preschool. I enjoy watching the children develop into ‘lovely little oaks’ it’s a pleasure to see every child enjoying themselves while they learn at our preschool. Although I work closely with individual children, I help organise and implement activities within our team.