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Meet the team

Our dedicated and experienced staff are a major strength of our Preschool. The team is committed to creating a happy, friendly and caring environment in which the children thrive. Click on the links below to read their profiles.


Catherine Herbert, Joint Lead Practitioner & SENCO

Level 3 Diploma children and young peoples workforce


I started to work at Little Acorns in 1994. Firstly as a mother helper when my son Lewis attended, then as a full staff member. Before I started a family, I was a nanny. The children are without a doubt the best thing about working at Little Acorns. Sharing their development with parents and watching and being a part of this is so special.

I was born and brought up in Kirdford and also attended the local schools. I enjoy reading, crochet, car boot sales and spending time with our family.

Alison Griggs, Joint Lead Practitioner & Business Administrator


Level 4 Certificate in Early Years Practice

I joined Little Acorns in January 2017. In September 2017 I took on the role of Business Administrator for Little Acorns and March 2018 became joint Lead with Catherine.  Little Acorns is a lovely caring, fun and stimulating preschool. The children are fantastic.

My previous roles include Manager of Loxwood Preschool and teaching assistant in reception class at Rudgwick Primary School. I have been a class rep, Preschool secretary and school governor. I am qualified to Level 4 in Early Years.

In my spare time I enjoy swimming, crafting, I am a member of my local WI and recently taught myself to knit. My family are very important to me. My husband and I have four children aged between 3 and 18 and a scruffy terrier. Together we love walking and camping.

Sarah Butt

NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education


I started working at Little Acorns in 2006. Before I had my children I worked in local Government. The best things about working at Little Acorns are the children!

I have two teenage sons. I enjoy walking and reading. I am on the Management Committee of Ifold Estates.



Sarah Copus

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce


I started working at Little Acorns in July 2016. I previously worked at another local Preschool. I have done a Level 2 Teaching Assistant course and volunteered in a nursery and primary school. I’m a volunteer at the local youth club.

Little Acorns is a very nurturing Preschool; the children are a delight to be with and it’s very rewarding watching them learn new things. The staff are very kind and we are a great team.

I have 3 daughters, a cat and a Westie dog called Bonnie. I love walking Bonnie and enjoy cooking, especially cakes!, in my spare time. As a family we love camping and have a fat yak which we use on holidays mainly lochs in Scotland and by the sea!

Shona Crawford


Level 3

I started working at Little Acorns in April 2017. Previously I worked at Warnham Pre-school and I was a nanny.

The best bits about working at Little Acorns are the children, the staff and the parents, everyone has been so welcoming. It’s a lovely Pre-school with great resources.

I have two young children and I love being out and about with my family. I also love to ski and have done since I was very young.

Claire Jaggan


I started working at Little Acorns in the summer term 2016. Both my children went to Little Acorns and while they were there I was Chair of the Committee, so I have been involved with the Preschool for many years. I have previously worked in a specialist educational needs role at another Preschool.

I love working at Little Acorns, the children inspire me everyday with their laughter, smiles, hugs and insightful questions!

In my spare time I help out at Rainbows and my local Primary School. I enjoy travelling and swimming.


Meet the Committee

Chair – Caroline Cox

Vice Chair -

Secretary – Faye Millard

Treasurer – Suzana Braddock


"My son has been a transformed child since he started at Little Acorns. He is always happy to go and has got lots of new friends. The staff are amazing and very professional. Thanks for making every day different and fun for the children."

Miriam, mum to Samuel M. aged 3