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LEANNA BARRETT CO-FOUNDER

LEANNA BARRETT

CO-FOUNDER

JAMES BARRETT CO-FOUNDEr

JAMES BARRETT

CO-FOUNDEr

We live locally in Raynes Park but spent our childhoods in carefree outdoor environments and wanted the same for our kids. It was the sort of time when you could leave the house after breakfast and not return until it was nearly dark, and only then because you were hungry!

We met in the Kalahari desert in Botswana whilst living under canvas and managing a safari lodge and are now parents ourselves. We love our life in London but were saddened by the lack of opportunities for young kids to be outdoors playing freely and exploring in the fresh air. So we decided to do something about it and in 2015 we launched our first forest nursery in Wimbledon! 

We want to give all children in London the opportunity for a direct and regular avenue to nature and the joy of unrestrained childhood. We are passionate about healthy development, respect for all, safety, good nutritious food and the delights of the natural world.

 
LISA HEAD OF FAMILY EXPERIENCE Lisa has been with us since we were just six months old and is now our Head of Family Experience. Before joining us at Little Forest Folk, Lisa previously worked with start-up companies in the International Development sector, leading on multiple projects across developing countries and supporting on all company operational activities. Lisa loves the great outdoors and enjoys walking her dogs with her two children, horse riding and camping.   Lisa is a great believer in children being outside, being healthy, happy and connected to nature.

LISA

HEAD OF FAMILY EXPERIENCE

Lisa has been with us since we were just six months old and is now our Head of Family Experience. Before joining us at Little Forest Folk, Lisa previously worked with start-up companies in the International Development sector, leading on multiple projects across developing countries and supporting on all company operational activities. Lisa loves the great outdoors and enjoys walking her dogs with her two children, horse riding and camping.
 
Lisa is a great believer in children being outside, being healthy, happy and connected to nature.

LIL HEAD OF operations Lil has six years of experience working in the Early Childhood sector in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia.  Lil worked as an educator for three years whilst studying her Certificate 3 in Children’s Services and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, before moving into a management role as director of a 112-place nursery. Having spent the majority of 2015 travelling the USA and Europe, Lil decided to settle in London in November. Her personal philosophy aligns with Little Forest Folk’s, getting children back to the great outdoors, because after all – play is the highest form of research.

LIL

HEAD OF operations

Lil has six years of experience working in the Early Childhood sector in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. 

Lil worked as an educator for three years whilst studying her Certificate 3 in Children’s Services and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, before moving into a management role as director of a 112-place nursery.

Having spent the majority of 2015 travelling the USA and Europe, Lil decided to settle in London in November. Her personal philosophy aligns with Little Forest Folk’s, getting children back to the great outdoors, because after all – play is the highest form of research.

jemma HR guru Jemma grew up in a rural town in New Zealand and spent most of her childhood enjoying the great outdoors. Jemma firmly believes in children being outside as much as possible. On the weekends, Jemma can be found out walking or cycling. Jemma moved to London a year ago and loved living in the city but also enjoys taking time out to explore the countryside on her bike. Jemma loves being a part of a team and is excited to be part of the LFF Team.

jemma

HR guru

Jemma grew up in a rural town in New Zealand and spent most of her childhood enjoying the great outdoors. Jemma firmly believes in children being outside as much as possible. On the weekends, Jemma can be found out walking or cycling. Jemma moved to London a year ago and loved living in the city but also enjoys taking time out to explore the countryside on her bike. Jemma loves being a part of a team and is excited to be part of the LFF Team.

 
paige Admin guru Paige studied Theatre design at University and still loves to do illustrations in her own time. She has a passion for child led based learning and feels the forest is a wonderful place for little ones to experience adventures!  She enjoys being behind the scenes and is passionate about Little Forest Folks vision.

paige

Admin guru

Paige studied Theatre design at University and still loves to do illustrations in her own time.

She has a passion for child led based learning and feels the forest is a wonderful place for little ones to experience adventures! 

She enjoys being behind the scenes and is passionate about Little Forest Folks vision.

sonal Admin and finance assistant Sonal studied Literature & Film at University and has continued her exploration as a freelance photographer. With a background in Admin & Front of House at Museums and Galleries for adults and children alike, she is now passionate about developing her skills within the Scandinavian style ethos of Little Forest Folk.

sonal

Admin and finance assistant

Sonal studied Literature & Film at University and has continued her exploration as a freelance photographer.

With a background in Admin & Front of House at Museums and Galleries for adults and children alike, she is now passionate about developing her skills within the Scandinavian style ethos of Little Forest Folk.

Carly exploring the world Carly one of our Admin Guru's is currently having adventures across the globe and hopefully she will bring back the sun with her when she returns to Little Forest Folk HQ in May!

Carly

exploring the world

Carly one of our Admin Guru's is currently having adventures across the globe and hopefully she will bring back the sun with her when she returns to Little Forest Folk HQ in May!

 
TERESA SOCIAL MEDIA GURU Teresa, with a background in software development, product management and digital marketing, has over 15 years' experience working within a range of industries and for big international companies. Growing up in Australia, she shares Little Forest Folk's passion for getting children connected to nature and enjoys spending time with her family outside as much as possible.

TERESA

SOCIAL MEDIA GURU

Teresa, with a background in software development, product management and digital marketing, has over 15 years' experience working within a range of industries and for big international companies.

Growing up in Australia, she shares Little Forest Folk's passion for getting children connected to nature and enjoys spending time with her family outside as much as possible.

BECKY chef Becky has always loved to cook and can’t recall when cooking hasn’t been one of the favourite parts of her day. Becky feels passionately that children should learn about food, not just the sheer pleasure from cooking and eating but some of the basic issues that surround food, seasonality, provenance and sustainability. Children love to cook, enjoying the taste, smell, feel of food and the freedom to make a mess! Becky’s mission is to make tasty, wholesome and nutritious food for the children to enjoy during their time at Little Forest Folk. She uses simple, natural ingredients with a focus on taste, nutrition and creating proper homemade food suitable for active little people.

BECKY

chef

Becky has always loved to cook and can’t recall when cooking hasn’t been one of the favourite parts of her day.

Becky feels passionately that children should learn about food, not just the sheer pleasure from cooking and eating but some of the basic issues that surround food, seasonality, provenance and sustainability. Children love to cook, enjoying the taste, smell, feel of food and the freedom to make a mess!

Becky’s mission is to make tasty, wholesome and nutritious food for the children to enjoy during their time at Little Forest Folk. She uses simple, natural ingredients with a focus on taste, nutrition and creating proper homemade food suitable for active little people.

 

Charlie Manager Charlie has been teaching in London for 6 years. He is a qualified Primary school teacher and is about to start his L3 Forest School Leader training. He loves teaching in the EYFS which is why he has spent 5 of those years teaching in Reception. Charlie is passionate about outdoor learning. He believes that children thrive when given the opportunity to choose, explore and become autonomous learners. He says that children are "nurtured by nature!" Storytelling, singing, dancing, getting creative and taking risks during child-led play are all part of the active learning Charlie believes children need to develop to their full potential. Charlie loves music, stories, travelling, cycling, surfing and adventure!

Charlie

Manager

Charlie has been teaching in London for 6 years. He is a qualified Primary school teacher and is about to start his L3 Forest School Leader training. He loves teaching in the EYFS which is why he has spent 5 of those years teaching in Reception.

Charlie is passionate about outdoor learning. He believes that children thrive when given the opportunity to choose, explore and become autonomous learners. He says that children are "nurtured by nature!"

Storytelling, singing, dancing, getting creative and taking risks during child-led play are all part of the active learning Charlie believes children need to develop to their full potential.

Charlie loves music, stories, travelling, cycling, surfing and adventure!

Otis deputy manager Otis has been involved in childcare for many years working at schools, nurseries and at summer camps in the Catskills Mountains, NY. In 2016 Otis had an inspirational research trip to Sweden, whilst completing his Early Years Teacher Status, where he visited several forest schools and decided, he wanted to work outdoors. He is now working towards gaining a Level 3 forest school leader qualification, alongside doing his Masters in Research in Education. Otis comes from a creative background, holding a degree in Fine Art Photography, and uses this creativity to influence his practice. He is a firm believer in child led learning and enjoys taking on exciting projects, influenced by the children, such as making rope ladders and forest cars.

Otis

deputy manager

Otis has been involved in childcare for many years working at schools, nurseries and at summer camps in the Catskills Mountains, NY.

In 2016 Otis had an inspirational research trip to Sweden, whilst completing his Early Years Teacher Status, where he visited several forest schools and decided, he wanted to work outdoors. He is now working towards gaining a Level 3 forest school leader qualification, alongside doing his Masters in Research in Education.

Otis comes from a creative background, holding a degree in Fine Art Photography, and uses this creativity to influence his practice. He is a firm believer in child led learning and enjoys taking on exciting projects, influenced by the children, such as making rope ladders and forest cars.

Tom third in charge Tom's bio coming soon!

Tom

third in charge

Tom's bio coming soon!

Matid FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Matid's bio coming soon!

Matid

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

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MAR FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Mar has always had an interest in the early years of childhood. Having grown up in the countryside of Burma herself, she appreciates the importance of outdoor play. Nature is the best medicine. She reads English at University, can't live without books and loves the cinema and music.

MAR

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Mar has always had an interest in the early years of childhood. Having grown up in the countryside of Burma herself, she appreciates the importance of outdoor play. Nature is the best medicine.

She reads English at University, can't live without books and loves the cinema and music.

kathy FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Kathy's bio coming soon!

kathy

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

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Sylwia FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Sylwia's bio coming soon!

Sylwia

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

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morwenna FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Morwenna's bio coming soon!

morwenna

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

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Lil MANAGER Lil has six years of experience working in the Early Childhood sector in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia.  Lil worked as an educator for three years whilst studying her Certificate 3 in Children’s Services and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, before moving into a management role as director of a 112-place nursery. Having spent the majority of 2015 travelling the USA and Europe, Lil decided to settle in London in November. Her personal philosophy aligns with Little Forest Folk’s, getting children back to the great outdoors, because after all – play is the highest form of research.

Lil

MANAGER

Lil has six years of experience working in the Early Childhood sector in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. 

Lil worked as an educator for three years whilst studying her Certificate 3 in Children’s Services and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, before moving into a management role as director of a 112-place nursery.

Having spent the majority of 2015 travelling the USA and Europe, Lil decided to settle in London in November. Her personal philosophy aligns with Little Forest Folk’s, getting children back to the great outdoors, because after all – play is the highest form of research.

ARTURO DEPUTY MANAGER Originally from Venezuela, Arturo holds a Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (Level 3) and has a wealth of experience, working at a variety of different nurseries since 2012.  Arturo is a creative practitioner and superhero fanatic, who loves telling stories. He may well be the biggest kid in the forest!

ARTURO

DEPUTY MANAGER

Originally from Venezuela, Arturo holds a Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (Level 3) and has a wealth of experience, working at a variety of different nurseries since 2012. 

Arturo is a creative practitioner and superhero fanatic, who loves telling stories. He may well be the biggest kid in the forest!

Karina third in charge Karina grew up in the rolling countryside of Wiltshire and was encouraged to spend the majority of her childhood outside exploring the local area. Being outside all day every day come rain or shine is where she is most comfortable and Karina is passionate about affording all children the same opportunities and experiences she enjoyed. Working with young children was always going to be Karina’s vocation in life, after completing a degree in Engineering she started out in Early Years education at a French bilingual school. It was during her Level 3 diploma that she discovered the Forest School approach to learning and instantly knew this form of schooling was meant for her; bringing together her love of the outdoors and children. Karina is a keen sportswoman, you may see her cycling to work or lacing her shoes for a lunchtime run and all this possibly after going swimming earlier in the morning! During the summer months she combines all three and competes in triathlon races across the country. Her style of education is aimed at helping children to ‘see instead of look’.

Karina

third in charge

Karina grew up in the rolling countryside of Wiltshire and was encouraged to spend the majority of her childhood outside exploring the local area. Being outside all day every day come rain or shine is where she is most comfortable and Karina is passionate about affording all children the same opportunities and experiences she enjoyed.

Working with young children was always going to be Karina’s vocation in life, after completing a degree in Engineering she started out in Early Years education at a French bilingual school. It was during her Level 3 diploma that she discovered the Forest School approach to learning and instantly knew this form of schooling was meant for her; bringing together her love of the outdoors and children.

Karina is a keen sportswoman, you may see her cycling to work or lacing her shoes for a lunchtime run and all this possibly after going swimming earlier in the morning! During the summer months she combines all three and competes in triathlon races across the country.

Her style of education is aimed at helping children to ‘see instead of look’.

 
NAFISA educator/management support Nafisa has five years' experience in working with early years. She completed her Level 3 Diploma in Childcare at Kingston College and has completed a number of training courses since, including Supervisory Training, Supporting EAL, Outdoor Provisions and Behaviour Management.  Nafisa recently arrived back home to the UK after moving to the Middle East to help set up a nursery based on the EYFS.  Nafisa believes that children learn best through first hand experiences therefore it is vital to provide them with authentic materials and tools to help them delve deeper into exploration.

NAFISA

educator/management support

Nafisa has five years' experience in working with early years. She completed her Level 3 Diploma in Childcare at Kingston College and has completed a number of training courses since, including Supervisory Training, Supporting EAL, Outdoor Provisions and Behaviour Management. 

Nafisa recently arrived back home to the UK after moving to the Middle East to help set up a nursery based on the EYFS. 

Nafisa believes that children learn best through first hand experiences therefore it is vital to provide them with authentic materials and tools to help them delve deeper into exploration.

AMANHUY FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Amanhuy is from the always sunny Canary Islands. He has a teaching training degree and lots of experience as a leisure instructor working with children aged two to 12 years old. He also went to the conservatory of music for nine years and use to play the trumpet. He enjoys making craft, loves classical music and dancing salsa. "As a teacher, I really believe that children are the future, and their future is in our hands."

AMANHUY

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Amanhuy is from the always sunny Canary Islands. He has a teaching training degree and lots of experience as a leisure instructor working with children aged two to 12 years old.

He also went to the conservatory of music for nine years and use to play the trumpet.

He enjoys making craft, loves classical music and dancing salsa.

"As a teacher, I really believe that children are the future, and their future is in our hands."

georgia forest nursery educator Georgia's bio coming soon!

georgia

forest nursery educator

Georgia's bio coming soon!

Kellie FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Kellie has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Sydney, Australia. While completing her final year of her degree she undertook an Honours project that involved research around the benefits of the outdoors for young children. At this point she decided that one day she would work in a forest school. Kellie moved to England and spent three years teaching reception and year one children before making the move to the early years. She then worked with the under 5’s in a day nursery for two years. When Kellie decided that it was time to move on she knew that it was fate when she came upon a job advertisement for Little Forest Folk. Kellie is currently working towards Early Years Teaching Status and is looking forward to undertaking Forest School Training.

Kellie

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Kellie has a degree in Early Childhood Education from Sydney, Australia. While completing her final year of her degree she undertook an Honours project that involved research around the benefits of the outdoors for young children. At this point she decided that one day she would work in a forest school.

Kellie moved to England and spent three years teaching reception and year one children before making the move to the early years. She then worked with the under 5’s in a day nursery for two years. When Kellie decided that it was time to move on she knew that it was fate when she came upon a job advertisement for Little Forest Folk.

Kellie is currently working towards Early Years Teaching Status and is looking forward to undertaking Forest School Training.

charli FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Charlie's bio coming soon!

charli

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Charlie's bio coming soon!

 
 
 

Marlon Manager Marlon was hugely influenced by the Forest School movement and Steiner approach whilst studying for his Teaching Diploma in Denmark.    Since that time the natural environment has been an integral part of his work both in formal and informal education across London.    Marlon is also an experienced Level 3 Forest School Leader as well as holding a degree in Fine Arts.   ‘The natural world is the perfect match for a child’s innate curiosity, offering them a limitless resource for new opportunities and experiences’

Marlon

Manager

Marlon was hugely influenced by the Forest School movement and Steiner approach whilst studying for his Teaching Diploma in Denmark. 
 
Since that time the natural environment has been an integral part of his work both in formal and informal education across London. 
 
Marlon is also an experienced Level 3 Forest School Leader as well as holding a degree in Fine Arts.
 
‘The natural world is the perfect match for a child’s innate curiosity, offering them a limitless resource for new opportunities and experiences’

Conor Deputy Manager Conor studied Primary Education at university and graduated with QTS in 2015. It was half way though his time at university that he witnessed forest school in action and ever since then, knew it was a career he wanted to pursue. He then completed his dissertation on the social, emotional and physical benefits forest school has on children and is now keen to put his theoretical knowledge into practise. Conor is currently working towards gaining a Level 3 Forest School Leader’s qualification. He loves the outdoors and hopes some of this enthusiasm will rub off on the children!

Conor

Deputy Manager

Conor studied Primary Education at university and graduated with QTS in 2015. It was half way though his time at university that he witnessed forest school in action and ever since then, knew it was a career he wanted to pursue. He then completed his dissertation on the social, emotional and physical benefits forest school has on children and is now keen to put his theoretical knowledge into practise.

Conor is currently working towards gaining a Level 3 Forest School Leader’s qualification. He loves the outdoors and hopes some of this enthusiasm will rub off on the children!

Jo Third in charge Jo has over 20 years of experience working in Early Years in school, nursery, preschool and Sure Start Children's centres.  She is passionate about children's health and well-being and believes outdoor play and taking risks plays a massive part in good personal, social and emotional development and mental health. Jo grew up in Epping Forest and was involved in her local scout group for many years. She enjoys walking, exploring the forest, building dens and is interested in conservation and animal welfare.  

Jo

Third in charge

Jo has over 20 years of experience working in Early Years in school, nursery, preschool and Sure Start Children's centres. 

She is passionate about children's health and well-being and believes outdoor play and taking risks plays a massive part in good personal, social and emotional development and mental health.

Jo grew up in Epping Forest and was involved in her local scout group for many years. She enjoys walking, exploring the forest, building dens and is interested in conservation and animal welfare.

 

CHELSEY FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Chelsey recently moved from Melbourne Australia, coming to Little Forest Folk with 10 years of experience in early childhood education and holds a diploma of children's services.  She believes that an outdoor education is one of the key aspects to early Childhood development. Chelsey is passionate about developing children's social competence through the enjoyment of song and music and movement.

CHELSEY

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Chelsey recently moved from Melbourne Australia, coming to Little Forest Folk with 10 years of experience in early childhood education and holds a diploma of children's services. 

She believes that an outdoor education is one of the key aspects to early Childhood development.

Chelsey is passionate about developing children's social competence through the enjoyment of song and music and movement.

Isabella FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Isabella grew up in the countryside and spent her childhood outside in the garden and woodlands and believes it is the best place to create lasting lessons and experiences. She is excited to be part of creating this experience for children and to utilise her own personal experiences of outdoor learning to add value to theirs. Isabella studied Accounting and Finance at university quickly discovering the office life was not for her. She feels very lucky to have found Little Forest Folk where children learn outside every day. She is incredibly excited to progress her learning having started my L3 forest school training this year and starting her EYITT PGCE at UCL in September.

Isabella

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Isabella grew up in the countryside and spent her childhood outside in the garden and woodlands and believes it is the

best place to create lasting lessons and experiences. She is excited to be part of creating this experience for children and to utilise her own personal experiences of outdoor learning to add value to theirs.

Isabella studied Accounting and Finance at university quickly discovering the office life was not for her. She feels very lucky to have found Little Forest Folk where children learn outside every day. She is incredibly excited to progress her learning having started my L3 forest school training this year and starting her EYITT PGCE at UCL in September.

Silvia FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Silvia spent most of her life in contact with nature, experiencing a wild childhood in the Italian countryside and devoting all her adult free time to hiking, camping and travelling. She always feels motivated by children’s out-of-the-box approach to the world, curiosity and enthusiasm and believes in the importance of freedom and connection with nature in the early years. After high school, she moved to Milano to study architecture. During a 6-months exchange spent in Sweden she strengthened her interest in environmental issues and she encountered the world of forest schools, that left a deep impression on her. After obtaining her bachelor degree with a thesis on exploration of nature in the city, she realized that all those hours in front of a computer were not the right thing for her. After moving to London, she finally found her way at Little Forest Folk, where she can match her love for nature with her interest in early years education.

Silvia

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Silvia spent most of her life in contact with nature, experiencing a wild childhood in the Italian countryside and devoting all her adult free time to hiking, camping and travelling. She always feels motivated by children’s out-of-the-box approach to the world, curiosity and enthusiasm and believes in the importance of freedom and connection with nature in the early years.

After high school, she moved to Milano to study architecture. During a 6-months exchange spent in Sweden she strengthened her interest in environmental issues and she encountered the world of forest schools, that left a deep impression on her.

After obtaining her bachelor degree with a thesis on exploration of nature in the city, she realized that all those hours in front of a computer were not the right thing for her. After moving to London, she finally found her way at Little Forest Folk, where she can match her love for nature with her interest in early years education.

Krishna FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR My fondest childhood memories involve playing outside and climbing things until the sun went down, but this gradually stopped the older I got. I felt something was missing and it was only after I began working in primary and secondary schools that I understood the importance and benefits of play. After a long journey of searching for alternative ways of learning, I found the forest school approach and immediately felt it aligned with my own beliefs. I'm passionate about children growing up as confident and curious individuals and strongly believe in liberal learning, which Little Forest Folk encourages so perfectly! 

Krishna

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

My fondest childhood memories involve playing outside and climbing things until the sun went down, but this gradually stopped the older I got. I felt something was missing and it was only after I began working in primary and secondary schools that I understood the importance and benefits of play. After a long journey of searching for alternative ways of learning, I found the forest school approach and immediately felt it aligned with my own beliefs.

I'm passionate about children growing up as confident and curious individuals and strongly believe in liberal learning, which Little Forest Folk encourages so perfectly! 

Harriet FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Harriet has always found time to make the most of the outdoors having been brought up in the countryside! She found her passion of different types of exercise from a young age when she ran up her first mountain in Scotland. She believes that children learning outside with nature is very encouraging. One of Harriet’s favourite quotes ‘When life gives you rainy days, play in the puddles,’ and children enjoy nothing more than jumping in them! With years working within a variety of different environments mostly in the UK and all ages of children, she has gained a wide amount of knowledge and she feels very lucky to have found Little Forest Folk.

Harriet

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Harriet has always found time to make the most of the outdoors having been brought up in the countryside! She found her passion of different types of exercise from a young age when she ran up her first mountain in Scotland. She believes that children learning outside with nature is very encouraging. One of Harriet’s favourite quotes ‘When life gives you rainy days, play in the puddles,’ and children enjoy nothing more than jumping in them!

With years working within a variety of different environments mostly in the UK and all ages of children, she has gained a wide amount of knowledge and she feels very lucky to have found Little Forest Folk.

SIMON HANDYMAN / OUTDOOR LEGEND Simon has been running his own business for a number of years and spent 8 of these years in beautiful Spain. After having made the decision to return to the UK, he joined Little Forest Folk and has since enjoyed driving the children, supporting the team and helping as an all-round outdoor legend.

SIMON

HANDYMAN / OUTDOOR LEGEND

Simon has been running his own business for a number of years and spent 8 of these years in beautiful Spain. After having made the decision to return to the UK, he joined Little Forest Folk and has since enjoyed driving the children, supporting the team and helping as an all-round outdoor legend.


Alice Manager Alice holds a BA in Primary Education specialising in Early Years and has been teaching for 11 years in outstanding Hackney Primary Schools. During this time, she has also spent 3 years leading professional development in teaching early reading. Alice has many years’ experience in leadership and management and joins us from her role as Head of Lower school (nursery- Year 2). Alice is fascinated by young children’s innate desire to explore the great outdoors- where they learn more freely, concentrate more fully and explore more eagerly. Her understanding of child development and her close observations of young children’s learning, including that of her 3 year old daughter, have fostered an enthusiasm for the benefits of outdoor exploratory education. Alice has seen first hand how learning through outdoor play children develop all the tools they need to be resilient, confident, motivated learners and give them the very best start in their education. 

Alice

Manager

Alice holds a BA in Primary Education specialising in Early Years and has been teaching for 11 years in outstanding Hackney Primary Schools. During this time, she has also spent 3 years leading professional development in teaching early reading. Alice has many years’ experience in leadership and management and joins us from her role as Head of Lower school (nursery- Year 2).

Alice is fascinated by young children’s innate desire to explore the great outdoors- where they learn more freely, concentrate more fully and explore more eagerly. Her understanding of child development and her close observations of young children’s learning, including that of her 3 year old daughter, have fostered an enthusiasm for the benefits of outdoor exploratory education.

Alice has seen first hand how learning through outdoor play children develop all the tools they need to be resilient, confident, motivated learners and give them the very best start in their education. 

Rachel Deputy manager Rachel is from the beautiful North of England. She has an absolute blast working with children and has been doing so for ten years.  Rachel has an English degree and is a qualified primary school teacher. She has worked all over the show, including London, and the British Schools of Panama, Amsterdam and New York.  While in the Netherlands she set up the Infant School as a Forest School. This approach really reflected her own teaching philosophy of creativity and child initiated learning.  On returning to the U.K. she knew she wanted to work in a Forest School. And here she is!  She's absolutely chuffed and can't wait to see what adventures the children will take her on.

Rachel

Deputy manager

Rachel is from the beautiful North of England. She has an absolute blast working with children and has been doing so for ten years. 

Rachel has an English degree and is a qualified primary school teacher. She has worked all over the show, including London, and the British Schools of Panama, Amsterdam and New York.  While in the Netherlands she set up the Infant School as a Forest School. This approach really reflected her own teaching philosophy of creativity and child initiated learning.  On returning to the U.K. she knew she wanted to work in a Forest School. And here she is!  She's absolutely chuffed and can't wait to see what adventures the children will take her on.

Katy Third in charge Katy grew up in Peru, throughout her childhood she enjoyed the freedom of playing outdoors everyday. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, travelling and learning about new cultures, food and the environment. DIY is a passion and she relishes the challenge of tackling new tasks. After studying early years and gaining qualified teacher status in Madrid she moved to England to learn English. Initially she worked as a post natal mother supporter, then managed a childminding setting. During employment in England she has completed a lot of early years training. Believing that in this profession we are always learning and endeavouring to keep up to date. Katy loves working as a team and uses a lot of positive reinforcement. Striving to be open minded, tolerant and patient. She discovered the opportunity offered at Little Forest Folk and she is enjoying every minute of it.

Katy

Third in charge

Katy grew up in Peru, throughout her childhood she enjoyed the freedom of playing outdoors everyday. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, travelling and learning about new cultures, food and the environment. DIY is a passion and she relishes the challenge of tackling new tasks.

After studying early years and gaining qualified teacher status in Madrid she moved to England to learn English. Initially she worked as a post natal mother supporter, then managed a childminding setting. During employment in England she has completed a lot of early years training. Believing that in this profession we are always learning and endeavouring to keep up to date.

Katy loves working as a team and uses a lot of positive reinforcement. Striving to be open minded, tolerant and patient. She discovered the opportunity offered at Little Forest Folk and she is enjoying every minute of it.

JOSH forest nursery educator With a curious passion for education and cognition, Josh has just finished studying a three year BA in Primary Education.  Josh was also working towards achieving QTS but chose to venture into alternative education, landing on his feet in the forest! Finding that forest schooling better reflected his own pedagogy and philosophy, he is now working towards gaining a Level 3 forest school leader’s qualification.  Josh loves building things with natural materials, and getting out his guitar for a sing-song around base camp!

JOSH

forest nursery educator

With a curious passion for education and cognition, Josh has just finished studying a three year BA in Primary Education. 

Josh was also working towards achieving QTS but chose to venture into alternative education, landing on his feet in the forest! Finding that forest schooling better reflected his own pedagogy and philosophy, he is now working towards gaining a Level 3 forest school leader’s qualification. 

Josh loves building things with natural materials, and getting out his guitar for a sing-song around base camp!

Claudia FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Claudia has always been surrounded by youngsters her whole life. She's the eldest of three brothers and since 2001 has been working with children. She completed her Bachelor Degree in Childhood Education on 2006 back in Portugal, where she is originally from. In 2009, she opened her own school. She moved to London three years ago. Teaching it's her passion, and she believes that there is always room for improving and learning. She loves children's natural curiosity and how they see the world. Growing up, she was given a chance to play outside, and most of her happiest memories did take place on top of a tree! And that is why she decided to work at Little Forest Folk: to help young children making happy memories outdoors!

Claudia

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Claudia has always been surrounded by youngsters her whole life. She's the eldest of three brothers and since 2001 has been working with children. She completed her Bachelor Degree in Childhood Education on 2006 back in Portugal, where she is originally from. In 2009, she opened her own school.

She moved to London three years ago. Teaching it's her passion, and she believes that there is always room for improving and learning. She loves children's natural curiosity and how they see the world.

Growing up, she was given a chance to play outside, and most of her happiest memories did take place on top of a tree! And that is why she decided to work at Little Forest Folk: to help young children making happy memories outdoors!

AMY FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Whilst travelling overseas Amy soon became involved in volunteering at primary schools - teaching English in underdeveloped countries. Experiencing the variety of ages and seeing the potential that all children hold Amy decided that this profession was bound to be the work she didn't see as "work".  Amy has 2 years of experience working as an outdoor activity leader which has given her a spark for bush craft - building fires, making shelters, tool skills and water purification. All are vital for survival... and just super cool to know! She is passionate about physical development in children, climbing trees and creating obstacles that challenge the little people to meet resilience and confidence in safe environment where they can really strive. 

AMY

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Whilst travelling overseas Amy soon became involved in volunteering at primary schools - teaching English in underdeveloped countries. Experiencing the variety of ages and seeing the potential that all children hold Amy decided that this profession was bound to be the work she didn't see as "work". 

Amy has 2 years of experience working as an outdoor activity leader which has given her a spark for bush craft - building fires, making shelters, tool skills and water purification. All are vital for survival... and just super cool to know!

She is passionate about physical development in children, climbing trees and creating obstacles that challenge the little people to meet resilience and confidence in safe environment where they can really strive. 

Eddie FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Eddie has always yearned to be outdoors. Having two brothers, they spent most of their time playing sport and exploring the outdoor environment. After managing an online business for 5 years, Eddie decided to follow his heart and travelled and volunteered around New Zealand and across south east Asia. This ignited his passion for nurturing and teaching of children.  Upon returning, Eddie became an outdoor atelierista at a Reggio Emilia inspired nursery and lead the forest school and he is currently completing his level 3 diploma as an Early Years practitioner.  Eddie instigated a forest walk scheme to reconnect the children to their beautiful nearby local woodland space. The joy and engagement he received from the children on these walks inspired him to work in the forest full time, and feels very privileged to be part of the little forest folk family. 

Eddie

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Eddie has always yearned to be outdoors. Having two brothers, they spent most of their time playing sport and exploring the outdoor environment. After managing an online business for 5 years, Eddie decided to follow his heart and travelled and volunteered around New Zealand and across south east Asia. This ignited his passion for nurturing and teaching of children. 

Upon returning, Eddie became an outdoor atelierista at a Reggio Emilia inspired nursery and lead the forest school and he is currently completing his level 3 diploma as an Early Years practitioner.  Eddie instigated a forest walk scheme to reconnect the children to their beautiful nearby local woodland space. The joy and engagement he received from the children on these walks inspired him to work in the forest full time, and feels very privileged to be part of the little forest folk family. 

rosa FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Rosa's bio is coming soon!

rosa

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Rosa's bio is coming soon!

 

Stephanie Manager Stephanie has over ten years of experience working with young children, as a nanny and also in nurseries in the Kent countryside. Stephanie has volunteered at a Montessori Nursery and has experience of the Steiner approach, having visited the Canterbury Steiner school and playgroups regularly. She has a degree in Early Years Leadership with Early Years Professional Status (Level 6). Stephanie loves engaging with young children, encouraging them to become active learners who are motivated to explore, experiment and test their own ideas as they navigate their environment. 

Stephanie

Manager

Stephanie has over ten years of experience working with young children, as a nanny and also in nurseries in the Kent countryside. Stephanie has volunteered at a Montessori Nursery and has experience of the Steiner approach, having visited the Canterbury Steiner school and playgroups regularly. She has a degree in Early Years Leadership with Early Years Professional Status (Level 6).

Stephanie loves engaging with young children, encouraging them to become active learners who are motivated to explore, experiment and test their own ideas as they navigate their environment. 

Philip DEPUTY MANAGER Phil is a primary school trained teacher who has taught and worked with children in London, Devon and Cardiff, Wales. He has also tutored and looked after children in Austria and Canada.    Having trained in forest school education, he is passionate about outdoor education in all its forms: from building fires to crawling through the undergrowth in search of interesting plants and mushrooms. He believes that the outdoors can offer far more to the development of children than is often recognised and cannot wait to learn from, and with, the children of Little Forest Folk.

Philip

DEPUTY MANAGER

Phil is a primary school trained teacher who has taught and worked with children in London, Devon and Cardiff, Wales. He has also tutored and looked after children in Austria and Canada. 
 
Having trained in forest school education, he is passionate about outdoor education in all its forms: from building fires to crawling through the undergrowth in search of interesting plants and mushrooms. He believes that the outdoors can offer far more to the development of children than is often recognised and cannot wait to learn from, and with, the children of Little Forest Folk.

Katherine third in charge Katherine has known from a young age that childcare would be her career. Seeing a child learn something new and grow in confidence gives her a feel of accomplishment and makes her realise what an amazing and rewarding job she has! She really believes in children getting the most of the outdoors at a young age and that they should be out exploring and enjoying themselves. She has been in childcare for over two years now and  she wouldn't want to be doing anything else.

Katherine

third in charge

Katherine has known from a young age that childcare would be her career. Seeing a child learn something new and grow in confidence gives her a feel of accomplishment and makes her realise what an amazing and rewarding job she has!

She really believes in children getting the most of the outdoors at a young age and that they should be out exploring and enjoying themselves.

She has been in childcare for over two years now and  she wouldn't want to be doing anything else.

 
Leia THIRd in chaRGE Leia has been a primary school teacher for 11 years and feels the benefits of outdoor learning are endless. Leia strongly believes that all children, no matter what age, should be given the opportunity to learn and flourish in an outdoor setting. She has been involved in a number of OFSTED and ISI school and nursery inspections and her outdoor sessions have always been graded as ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Excellent’. She feels that working at Little Forest Folk is a dream come true.

Leia

THIRd in chaRGE

Leia has been a primary school teacher for 11 years and feels the benefits of outdoor learning are endless. Leia strongly believes that all children, no matter what age, should be given the opportunity to learn and flourish in an outdoor setting.

She has been involved in a number of OFSTED and ISI school and nursery inspections and her outdoor sessions have always been graded as ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Excellent’.

She feels that working at Little Forest Folk is a dream come true.

Natalie FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Natalie finds it fascinating working with many different little personalities in early years settings. With past experience working with children with Special Educational Needs, and a current Level 3 Child Care Qualification, Natalie has gained a great understanding and wide range of approaches to early years education, a profession which she finds to be incredibly rewarding.

Natalie

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Natalie finds it fascinating working with many different little personalities in early years settings. With past experience working with children with Special Educational Needs, and a current Level 3 Child Care Qualification, Natalie has gained a great understanding and wide range of approaches to early years education, a profession which she finds to be incredibly rewarding.

Virginia FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Virginia is passionate about building sustainable, more vibrant, and healthy communities that engage daily with our natural environment and value emotional intelligence as much as academic intellect. Her childhood in the USA was filled with days of building fairy villages out of sticks and leaves, spying crayfish and frogs in the creek with her brother, and learning to grow a garden with her mother. She first read Shakespeare in a tree with her best friend, taking turns as Puck and Titania. Getting dirty and lost in the woods was encouraged!  Virginia has over ten years of experience working with young children as a nanny in the United States and Bermuda. Her most fulfilling days are spent watching children experience the same wonderment in nature that she did growing up. As a forest nursery educator at Little Forest Folk, she continues to spark curiosity and engage young minds in learning through outdoor play and exploration.

Virginia

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Virginia is passionate about building sustainable, more vibrant, and healthy communities that engage daily with our natural environment and value emotional intelligence as much as academic intellect. Her childhood in the USA was filled with days of building fairy villages out of sticks and leaves, spying crayfish and frogs in the creek with her brother, and learning to grow a garden with her mother. She first read Shakespeare in a tree with her best friend, taking turns as Puck and Titania. Getting dirty and lost in the woods was encouraged! 

Virginia has over ten years of experience working with young children as a nanny in the United States and Bermuda. Her most fulfilling days are spent watching children experience the same wonderment in nature that she did growing up. As a forest nursery educator at Little Forest Folk, she continues to spark curiosity and engage young minds in learning through outdoor play and exploration.

 
Liam FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Liam has worked with children for over ten years in a range of different capacities. His experience varies from within the mainstream education setting to supporting children with Special Educational Needs, as well as private tutoring and working as a qualified sports coach. Little Forest Folk really fits his personal philosophy and he feels at home with us. He can't wait to start his Forest School Training in February 2017. Until then you'll probably find him covered in mud, making monkey noises and swinging from a tree.

Liam

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Liam has worked with children for over ten years in a range of different capacities. His experience varies from within the mainstream education setting to supporting children with Special Educational Needs, as well as private tutoring and working as a qualified sports coach.

Little Forest Folk really fits his personal philosophy and he feels at home with us. He can't wait to start his Forest School Training in February 2017. Until then you'll probably find him covered in mud, making monkey noises and swinging from a tree.

David FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR David loves the outdoors and is driven by an unquenchable desire to reconnect himself and others with the ‘wild’. He finds great pleasure in working alongside children, who are typically more receptive to the forces of the forest and show an unreserved curiosity in the many inhabitants of wild places, be it; animal, mineral or vegetable. Stomping around in puddles, flipping over stones and investigating ants-nests are some of the many activities David enjoys and he is excited to share his aptitude for fun and exploration in nature with the children and the team at Little Forest Folk.

David

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

David loves the outdoors and is driven by an unquenchable desire to reconnect himself and others with the ‘wild’.

He finds great pleasure in working alongside children, who are typically more receptive to the forces of the forest and show an unreserved curiosity in the many inhabitants of wild places, be it; animal, mineral or vegetable.

Stomping around in puddles, flipping over stones and investigating ants-nests are some of the many activities David enjoys and he is excited to share his aptitude for fun and exploration in nature with the children and the team at Little Forest Folk.

Sue FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Sue was born in Wales and grew up in a time where children had the freedom to play outside and explore the whole day long. She recognises that children appear more relaxed in an outdoor environment. She believes they are able to learn and have fun in a more natural way, immersing themselves in their interests. Sue is an early years teacher and has a degree in psychology and counselling.  She has worked with children for over thirty years and has four children of her own and two grandchildren. Sue has been with Little Forest Folk since the very beginning as a temporary staff member and is now part of the permanent team.

Sue

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Sue was born in Wales and grew up in a time where children had the freedom to play outside and explore the whole day long. She recognises that children appear more relaxed in an outdoor environment. She believes they are able to learn and have fun in a more natural way, immersing themselves in their interests.

Sue is an early years teacher and has a degree in psychology and counselling.  She has worked with children for over thirty years and has four children of her own and two grandchildren. Sue has been with Little Forest Folk since the very beginning as a temporary staff member and is now part of the permanent team.

 
Emma FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Emma's bio coming soon!

Emma

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Emma's bio coming soon!

olga FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Olga's bio coming soon!

olga

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

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sarah FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Sarah's bio coming soon!

sarah

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

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Katarina FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Katarina's bio coming soon!

Katarina

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

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phoebe FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR Phoebe's bio coming soon!

phoebe

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

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LES DRIVER Les has three children himself who have spent a vast amount of their play time on Wimbledon Common. Les loves nature and wild animals, especially pond life and is really enjoying being part of Little Forest Folk team.

LES

DRIVER

Les has three children himself who have spent a vast amount of their play time on Wimbledon Common. Les loves nature and wild animals, especially pond life and is really enjoying being part of Little Forest Folk team.