Acorns EY Training

About Acorns

Welcome to Acorns Early Years Training Centre. Acorns was designated as a National Teaching School in September 2015 with Ludwick Nursery School as the lead school for the Alliance. In September 2021, due to the introduction of Teaching School Hubs, and the de-designation of individual teaching schools, Acorns Early Years Training Centre was created. Our …

Our Aims

“Supporting development of early years educators to build strong foundations for life” Inclusive to professionals from all settings and schools. Child centred approach making a difference to children’s lives. Children’s needs and outcomes at the heart of all we do. Support and learn from each other on a continuous learning journey. Sharing good practice and …

News & Blog

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School to School Support We have a longstanding history of partnership work with HFL (Herts for learning) providing brokered services for school improvement. We have a realistic understanding of the challenges that schools and settings can encounter; we provide expertise and support which impacts provision and outcomes through direct work and staff training. Initial Teacher …


Directors of Acorns Early Years Training Centre Helen Ackerman Helen is the Headteacher at Ludwick Nursery School. Trained initially as a Nursery Nurse, she was inspired by the teachers that she worked alongside and went on to gain QTS in 2004, becoming a Headteacher in 2013. Helen has worked in both primary and maintained nursery …

Courses & Events

Book online ( click More information)  Call Liz Rose: 01707 323693 or Email:


Froebel   Men in Early Years Men in Early Years is a network group for men working in schools and settings with children from birth to seven. The aim of the group is to develop professional relationships, share good practice and pedagogy, engage in CPD and provide opportunities to visit settings. We are looking to …

Partnership Links

Alban Teaching School Hub Aspire Training Centre (formerly West Herts Teaching School) Early Education The Froebel Trust HFL Education The Pilgrim Partnership