Ashbourne Day Nurseries

Ofsted Awarded Good with Outstanding Child Care

Meet The Team

Most of those who work at Little Acorns are mothers themselves and know how to reassure children so they grow up feeling secure and cherished. Here are some of the familiar faces who hold key roles at Little Acorns:

Nursery Manager

Nicola Gibson (Acting Nursery Manager)

Nicola has been NNEB qualified since 1993 and worked her way up from Nursery nurse to Nursery manager over the years. She has been a nursery manager in nurseries since 2002 and continuously ensures that she keeps herself updated with all areas of childcare and education. She loves working with children and with staff that share the same passion that she has in helping children develop. Nicola is also a mother to a daughter herself.

Deputy Managers

Ellie Brinkman

Ellie has been working in Early Years for over 10 years now, starting as an apprentice and working her way up to Deputy Manager.  She has been at Little Acorns since it opened 7 years ago.  In that time she has completed a full BA Honors Degree in Early Years and has 3 children of her own, 2 of which attend Little Acorns nursery.

Kerry Gates (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Kerry has been in childcare for nearly 8 years. She is qualified to NVQ Level 3. Kerry is also our designated Safeguarding Officer. She has worked up from a Room leader to her current position of Deputy Manager. Kerry is extremely passionate about child development and loves watching the children learn and grow.


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