Ruardean Acorns
Ruardean Acorns

Meet our staff

Ruardean Acorns staff. Staff attend a variety of training throughout the year, please see 'staff training' in the documents section, or click here.

Name: Kelly Frowen, Cert EYP
Qualification: Certificate in Early Years Practice - Level 4
Trained in: Child Protection (DSL), First Aid, Food Hygiene, Emotion Coaching, Send/Sendco Training
Role: Manager 

Started at Ruardean Acorns: 2004
Other responsibilities: Behaviour, Code of Conduct, Health and Safety, Privacy notice, Record retention, Safeguarding, SEND, Supporting the other staff and over seeing their roles.

 

Hobbies and other Information: Kelly has 2 children of her own one of which is aged 7 years and the other only being 11 months (Sons). She has lots of experience in Early Years and has been working with children aged 2-5 for the past 18 years.

Kelly likes to play skittles, walk the dog and also enjoy time with her children when not at work.

Kelly has attended a Top Start physical training course which helps the children to become active and enjoy physical exercise in a fun way. She plans additional activities both indoors and outdoors to support children's physical development using a variety on materials and equipment. Kelly oversees the day to day running of Ruardean Acorns and maintain safeguarding at all times.

Kelly became Manager in April 2019 and is new to this role however Kelly did work very closely with the previous manager before taking on the role herself. 

Name: Christine Wilce, Cert EYP
Qualification: Certificate in Early Years Practice - Level 4
Trained in: Child Protection (DSL), First Aid, Food Hygiene, Emotion Coaching 
Role: Early Years Deputy 
Started at Ruardean Acorns: 2005
Other responsibilities: ENCO, Equality and diversity,  supporting her key children and doing observations and working towards their next steps.

 

Hobbies and other Information: Christine likes to look after and ride her own horses in her spare time aswell as looking after her daughters dogs. Christine has 2 grown up daughters and has recently become a Grandma. Christine also loves looking after and spending time with her granddaughter whenever she can when not at work. Christine has lots of experience in Early Years and has been working with children aged 2-5 for 16 years.

Christine really enjoys outdoor activities. She has attended Forest School training and ensures all seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) are covered during weekly Forest School sessions. Christine encourages the children to explore the outside using all their senses and also develop new stills such as Den making.

Since April 2019 Christine has become Deputy Manager and has been working closely with the manager whilst gaining new skills.

 

Name: Stella Tofari
Qualification: Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools -  Level 3
Trained in: Child Protection, Food Hygiene, First Aid, Emotion Coaching 
Role: Early Years Assistant

Started at Ruardean Acorns: 2010
Other responsibilities: Taking minutes at staff meetings, Supporting key children, doing observations and supporting their next steps.

 

Hobbies and other Information: Stella has been working with children aged 2-11 over the past 11 years, she has knowledge of the EYFS and enjoys working with children aged 2-5 yrs. Stella likes to walk her dog and look after her cat in her spare time. Stella has a 22 year old Son who has recently Graduated from Oxford Brookes.

Stella enjoys creative activities on a small and large scale. She supports children’s learning and development both indoors and outdoors with a wide range of activities. 

 

Name: Cassey Carruthers
Qualification: Certifciate in Early Years -  Level 3 

Trained In: First Aid, Child Protection, Food Hygiene, Emotion Coaching
Role: Early Years Assistant

Started at Ruardean Acorns: 2017

Other responsibilties: Resources and Equipment, Supporting her key children and doing observations. (Next steps)

 

Hobbies and other Information: Cassey enjoys being active in her spare time, especially taking part in running, yoga and kettlebell classes.  In her spare time she also loves to bake, socialise with friends and seeing her goddaughter who is 8 months old. 

Over the past two years she has completed her level 2 and 3 in childcare, and become employed as an early years assistant in June 19. Cassey has recently been trained in Emotion Coaching, which she found very interesting and beneficial and is keen to use this in her daily practice.  

Cassey is working closely with the deputy to support planning, activties and next steps. 

 

Name: Jackie Craig 

Qualification:

Trained in: 

Role: Supply Cover

Started at Ruardean Acorns: 2019

Other responsibilities:

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