Meet the Staff

The staff are all fully committed to ensuring the best of care for the children in our care, they are all qualified and experienced. The Leader is Mrs J McKnight and the deputy leader is Mrs C Guard. They are assisted by Mrs J Lyness, Mrs R Watson, Mrs N McKinley, Ms R Williamson and Mrs H Smyth.

The Leader, Mrs Jenny McKnight was appointed from Deputy leader to Leader in 2002. She holds an Early Years Degree in Early Childhood Studies and holds N.V.Q 2&3 in Childhood Studies. She has completed several childcare courses in Special needs, First aid, Food hygiene and Child Protection.

Colleen Guard joined the team in 2004 as a classroom assistant. She was appointed to Deputy Leader in August 2013 and has finished her N.V.Q. 5 as required for the position of deputy leader. She holds her N.V.Q 3 in childcare, and has gained certificates in First Aid, Food hygiene and Child Protection training. She is also the Finance Manager.

Jeanette Lyness has been working in Little Acorns since her appointment in 2001. She has completed N.V.Q 2&3 in childcare and has completed several childcare courses, First Aid, Food hygiene and Child protection.

Ronelle Watson also joined the team in 2001 after completing N.V.Q 2. She has completed N.V.Q 3 in childcare and has completed First Aid, Food hygiene and Child Protection courses.

Nicola Mckinley has been a classroom assistant since she was firstly appointed in St Andrews Playgroup in 1997, which was then renamed in 2000 as Little Acorns Pre-School when we moved into Clandeboye Primary School. She holds a certificate for N.V.Q. level 2 in childcare and has also completed training in First Aid, Food Hygiene and Child Protection.

Rachael Williamson joined the team as a part-time assistant in November 2012. She holds a certificate for N.V.Q. level 2&3 in Early Years and has completed a course in First Aid, Food & Hygiene 2 and Child Protection.

Mrs Helen Smyth joined the team in 2013 as a part-time assistant. She holds a BTEC National Diploma Level 3 in Early Years and has completed training in First Aid and Child Protection.