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,  Understanding Trauma, Safer recruitment, Birth to Five, Child Behaviour, Childrens Mental Health.
Role: Early Years Manager.

Started at Ruardean Acorns: 2004
Other responsibilities: Behaviour, Code of Conduct, Health and Safety, Privacy notice, Record retention, Safeguarding, Safer Recruitment, SEND,

Supporting the other staff and over seeing their roles. 


Hobbies and other Information: Kelly has 3 children of her own which are aged 9 years , 2 years and also 11 months old (2 sons and a daughter)). She has lots of experience in Early Years and has been working with children aged 2-5 for the past 20 years.

Kelly likes to play skittles and also enjoy time with her Family

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, completes all the paperwork and risk assessments 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, Understanding Trauma, Biting in Early Years.
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 and supporting independence.


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 granddaughters 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 17 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: Kirsti Hooper

Qualification: Early Years Level 3

Trained in: First Aid, Child Protection, Food Hygiene, Child Behaviour

and Autisum Awareness.

Role: Early Years Assistant

Started at Ruardean Acorns: Starting November 2020

Other responsibilities: Doing observation on her key children, focussing on their next steps and supporting independence.


Hobbies and other information: Kirsti has joined our team this month (November 2020) after working in a day nursery for the past 13 years. we are very delighted to welcome her and hope she enjoys herself here as much as the other staff do.

Kirsti is a huge animal lover, she has 3 dogs which she spends lots of time with walking in the forest. Kirsti has a step son who is 14 years of age, he attended Ruardean School many years ago. Kirsti is a very bubbly, kind and social person she makes friends easily and enjoys meeting up with peers in her own time.



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

Trained In: First Aid, Child Protection, Food Hygiene, 
Role: School Holiday Club Leader

Started at Ruardean Acorns: Started February 2017

Other responsibilties: Supporting children throughout the setting, supporting independence and doing observations. (Next steps) Run the out of hours clubs and support children in a range of activities both inside and outside.


Hobbies and other Information: Cassey enjoys being active in her spare time, especially taking part in running and boxercise. She also loves to bake, socialise with her friends, and be creative through watercolour painting and scrapbooking. Cassey has been working with children aged between 2-5 since she started her apprenticeship with Ruardean Acorns in 2017, and loves working within this age range. Cassey loves providing the children with activities than encourage their creativity and imagination.


Name: Stella Tofari
Qualification: Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools -  Level 3
Trained in: Child Protection, Food Hygiene, First Aid, Emotion Coaching 
Role: Supply cover if needed and also our Vice Chair.

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


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: Jackie Craig 


Trained in: First Aid trained

Role: Supply Cover

Started at Ruardean Acorns: September 2019

Other responsibilities: Working closely with the staff to help children achieve their next steps and support independence.


Hobbies and other information: Jackie loves all things arts and crafts and has created many of the classrooms amazing wall paintings.