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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.

 jeni  operations manager  Jeni has been working in Early years for over 20 years. Her journey began when trying to find her eldest son a suitable nursery which would meet his needs. She volunteered at the nursery, which led her to undertake her Childcare qualifications. She then went on to manage the nursery before branching into her teaching level 3 Childcare Diploma qualification course and then moved into Regional Manager roles.  Living in the rolling countryside of South Downs, Jeni enjoys spending her time walking her dogs. Jeni cannot wait to watch the children grow and develop in the unique and engaging way which makes Little Forest Folk so successful.

jeni

operations manager

Jeni has been working in Early years for over 20 years. Her journey began when trying to find her eldest son a suitable nursery which would meet his needs. She volunteered at the nursery, which led her to undertake her Childcare qualifications. She then went on to manage the nursery before branching into her teaching level 3 Childcare Diploma qualification course and then moved into Regional Manager roles.

Living in the rolling countryside of South Downs, Jeni enjoys spending her time walking her dogs. Jeni cannot wait to watch the children grow and develop in the unique and engaging way which makes Little Forest Folk so successful.

 jemma  HR guru  Jemma grew up in a small town in New Zealand and spent most of her childhood enjoying the great outdoors, so firmly believes in children being outside as much as possible.  Jemma moved to London in 2016 and loves living in the city but also enjoys taking time out to explore the countryside, to go hiking and cycling, and takes any opportunity to travel around the UK and Europe. Jemma loves being a part of the Little Forest Folk team, and is excited to be able to support the teams out in the forest.

jemma

HR guru

Jemma grew up in a small town in New Zealand and spent most of her childhood enjoying the great outdoors, so firmly believes in children being outside as much as possible.

Jemma moved to London in 2016 and loves living in the city but also enjoys taking time out to explore the countryside, to go hiking and cycling, and takes any opportunity to travel around the UK and Europe. Jemma loves being a part of the Little Forest Folk team, and is excited to be able to support the teams out in the forest.

 
 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.

 Carly  Admin guru  Carly loves adventure and the outdoors, spending her free time hiking, cycling and exploring the countryside.   She has an event management background and loves being part of back office operations.   She is passionate about the benefit of nature and spending time outdoors.

Carly

Admin guru

Carly loves adventure and the outdoors, spending her free time hiking, cycling and exploring the countryside.
 
She has an event management background and loves being part of back office operations.
 
She is passionate about the benefit of nature and spending time outdoors.

 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.

 
 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.

 
 

 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!

 Sylwia  deputy manager  Sylwia is a qualified SEN teacher with 10 years of experience in education with great passion for outdoor and play based learning. She’s originally from Poland and moved to London 13 years ago.  Sylwia loved spending time in nature, hiking, being surrounded by animals, playing by the river or in the woods as a child.  Sylwia believes that Little Forest Folk gives children the childhood they deserve and equips them with skills for life during the crucial years of their development. She loves watching how their independence and confidence grows through the freedom they’re given to explore. On the weekend, Sywlia enjoys travelling, creating art, reading books and listening to music. The meaning of the name Sylwia is “from the forest,” so Little Forest Folk is the right place for her to be!

Sylwia

deputy manager

Sylwia is a qualified SEN teacher with 10 years of experience in education with great passion for outdoor and play based learning. She’s originally from Poland and moved to London 13 years ago.

Sylwia loved spending time in nature, hiking, being surrounded by animals, playing by the river or in the woods as a child.

Sylwia believes that Little Forest Folk gives children the childhood they deserve and equips them with skills for life during the crucial years of their development. She loves watching how their independence and confidence grows through the freedom they’re given to explore. On the weekend, Sywlia enjoys travelling, creating art, reading books and listening to music. The meaning of the name Sylwia is “from the forest,” so Little Forest Folk is the right place for her to be!

 Tom  third in charge  Tom is a primary and early childhood qualified educator who has recently arrived in the UK from Australia. Tom grew up in a small country town in Victoria which had a great influence on his belief that children need to spend as much time as they can, exploring the great outdoors.  Tom was drawn to forest nurseries after studying them in university and witnessing firsthand the physical and academic ramifications of depriving children of the ability to get muddy and climb trees. He loves walks in the woods, travelling, and tree climbing. Tom firmly believes Little Forest Folk will equip children with the confidences, creativity and critical thinking that will provide them with the skills needed to succeed in school and the workplaces of tomorrow.         

Tom

third in charge

Tom is a primary and early childhood qualified educator who has recently arrived in the UK from Australia. Tom grew up in a small country town in Victoria which had a great influence on his belief that children need to spend as much time as they can, exploring the great outdoors.

Tom was drawn to forest nurseries after studying them in university and witnessing firsthand the physical and academic ramifications of depriving children of the ability to get muddy and climb trees. He loves walks in the woods, travelling, and tree climbing. Tom firmly believes Little Forest Folk will equip children with the confidences, creativity and critical thinking that will provide them with the skills needed to succeed in school and the workplaces of tomorrow.         

 
 AVALON  FOREST MANAGEMENT RELIEF (all nursery sites)  Avalon is a trained Primary School Teacher as well as having her Early Years Teaching Status. From a young age, Avalon has loved being outdoors. She spent every summer holiday romping around the Cornish countryside, getting lost in the woods or clambering over the neighbouring fields around her grandparents farm. Avalon has always wanted to work in education but struggled with being inside classroom environment for long periods of time.  In her working career, she has worked with all ages from birth through to adults. During her Post Graduate studies, Avalon was lucky enough to go to Sweden to undertake Forest School training and found the experience to be phenomenal. When she returned to England, she found it difficult to find a setting that had the same outdoor education vision, until she found Little Forest Folk! She is now very excited to be a part of all the Little Forest Folk teams.

AVALON

FOREST MANAGEMENT RELIEF (all nursery sites)

Avalon is a trained Primary School Teacher as well as having her Early Years Teaching Status. From a young age, Avalon has loved being outdoors. She spent every summer holiday romping around the Cornish countryside, getting lost in the woods or clambering over the neighbouring fields around her grandparents farm. Avalon has always wanted to work in education but struggled with being inside classroom environment for long periods of time.

In her working career, she has worked with all ages from birth through to adults. During her Post Graduate studies, Avalon was lucky enough to go to Sweden to undertake Forest School training and found the experience to be phenomenal. When she returned to England, she found it difficult to find a setting that had the same outdoor education vision, until she found Little Forest Folk! She is now very excited to be a part of all the Little Forest Folk teams.

 morwenna  FOREST educational leader  Morwenna was inspired to work with children after volunteer teaching in a children's shelter in Burma aged 18 and has been working with children ever since! After completing a degree in Anthropology, Morwenna embarked on adventures around the world, teaching children English in Thailand, India and Australia. This led Morwenna to qualify as a primary school teacher and she has been teaching in Brighton and London schools for the last three years.   Morwenna was drawn to outdoor education after a school trip with her class to the seaside where she observed how engaged and inspired the children were amidst nature. Morwenna is a firm believer that playing in the forest improves children's creativity, independence and coordination as well as their happiness and wellbeing.   At the weekends, you will find Morwenna riding her bike, playing guitar and singing and cooking up delicious food. 

morwenna

FOREST educational leader

Morwenna was inspired to work with children after volunteer teaching in a children's shelter in Burma aged 18 and has been working with children ever since! After completing a degree in Anthropology, Morwenna embarked on adventures around the world, teaching children English in Thailand, India and Australia. This led Morwenna to qualify as a primary school teacher and she has been teaching in Brighton and London schools for the last three years. 

Morwenna was drawn to outdoor education after a school trip with her class to the seaside where she observed how engaged and inspired the children were amidst nature. Morwenna is a firm believer that playing in the forest improves children's creativity, independence and coordination as well as their happiness and wellbeing. 

At the weekends, you will find Morwenna riding her bike, playing guitar and singing and cooking up delicious food. 

 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  Originally from Hong Kong, Kathy has worked in art education for years after obtaining her degree in Fine Art and Cultural Studies. The enormous room given to the learners and the celebration of everyone’s uniqueness in art education inspired her to work with children, and later became a qualified early childhood educator.   Kathy is always fascinated by the silent power of nature and believes the wild world is our best teacher. She enjoys playing and learning with the children in the forest. Also, she is currently working towards gaining a Level 3 Forest School Leader’s qualification.

kathy

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Originally from Hong Kong, Kathy has worked in art education for years after obtaining her degree in Fine Art and Cultural Studies. The enormous room given to the learners and the celebration of everyone’s uniqueness in art education inspired her to work with children, and later became a qualified early childhood educator. 

Kathy is always fascinated by the silent power of nature and believes the wild world is our best teacher. She enjoys playing and learning with the children in the forest. Also, she is currently working towards gaining a Level 3 Forest School Leader’s qualification.

 dipamaya  FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR  Dipamaya was born in Nepal and spent her childhood partly in Nepal and in Hong Kong. She is a Nutrition Graduate and loves exploring the outdoors and being in nature.  Dipamaya believes that we should let children be children and support them to be creative, to explore, be happy and healthy. Dipamaya really enjoys coming to the forest and being able to witness children grow each and every day.   

dipamaya

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Dipamaya was born in Nepal and spent her childhood partly in Nepal and in Hong Kong. She is a Nutrition Graduate and loves exploring the outdoors and being in nature.

Dipamaya believes that we should let children be children and support them to be creative, to explore, be happy and healthy. Dipamaya really enjoys coming to the forest and being able to witness children grow each and every day.

 

 adam  FOREST NURSERY play worker  Adam was born in Poland, and moved to England when he was 8. At school, Adam was captain of the swimming team and went on to be a Corporal in the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment. Adam was about to join the Royal Marines before he fell into childcare.  He loves working with children, and feels that Little Forest Folk provides children the best opportunity to learn and be creative. In his spare time, you’ll find Adam mountain climbing, keeping fit outdoors, or reading.

adam

FOREST NURSERY play worker

Adam was born in Poland, and moved to England when he was 8. At school, Adam was captain of the swimming team and went on to be a Corporal in the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment. Adam was about to join the Royal Marines before he fell into childcare.

He loves working with children, and feels that Little Forest Folk provides children the best opportunity to learn and be creative. In his spare time, you’ll find Adam mountain climbing, keeping fit outdoors, or reading.

 
 

 Otis  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. Alongside doing his Masters in Research in Education, he has just gained his Level 3 forest school leader qualification.  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

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. Alongside doing his Masters in Research in Education, he has just gained his Level 3 forest school leader qualification.

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.

 NAFISA  deputy Manager  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

deputy Manager

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.

 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’.

 
 amie  third in charge  Amie grew up in the outdoor playground of Rotorua, New Zealand, spending her weekends exploring the beautiful forests and lakes that surround the town and building a deep connection with the outdoors. Whilst studying at university in Wellington she began working at a nursery and immediately knew that she had found her calling.  After moving over to the UK in 2011 she began her studies in Montessori Teaching whilst working at Orchard House School in Chiswick. Amie gained a wealth of experience in assisting creative development, including the planning and management of the weekly outdoor setting. She then went on to spend a winter hosting a luxury chalet in the French Alps in 2015, after which she moved to the Welsh borders to help her husband set up a hill farm and charcuterie business. Amie is excited to bring her knowledge and passion for the outdoors and teaching children to Little Forest Folk.

amie

third in charge

Amie grew up in the outdoor playground of Rotorua, New Zealand, spending her weekends exploring the beautiful forests and lakes that surround the town and building a deep connection with the outdoors. Whilst studying at university in Wellington she began working at a nursery and immediately knew that she had found her calling.

After moving over to the UK in 2011 she began her studies in Montessori Teaching whilst working at Orchard House School in Chiswick. Amie gained a wealth of experience in assisting creative development, including the planning and management of the weekly outdoor setting. She then went on to spend a winter hosting a luxury chalet in the French Alps in 2015, after which she moved to the Welsh borders to help her husband set up a hill farm and charcuterie business. Amie is excited to bring her knowledge and passion for the outdoors and teaching children to Little Forest Folk.

 AVALON  FOREST MANAGEMENT RELIEF (all nursery sites)  Avalon is a trained Primary School Teacher as well as having her Early Years Teaching Status. From a young age, Avalon has loved being outdoors. She spent every summer holiday romping around the Cornish countryside, getting lost in the woods or clambering over the neighbouring fields around her grandparents farm. Avalon has always wanted to work in education but struggled with being inside classroom environment for long periods of time.  In her working career, she has worked with all ages from birth through to adults. During her Post Graduate studies, Avalon was lucky enough to go to Sweden to undertake Forest School training and found the experience to be phenomenal. When she returned to England, she found it difficult to find a setting that had the same outdoor education vision, until she found Little Forest Folk! She is now very excited to be a part of all the Little Forest Folk teams.

AVALON

FOREST MANAGEMENT RELIEF (all nursery sites)

Avalon is a trained Primary School Teacher as well as having her Early Years Teaching Status. From a young age, Avalon has loved being outdoors. She spent every summer holiday romping around the Cornish countryside, getting lost in the woods or clambering over the neighbouring fields around her grandparents farm. Avalon has always wanted to work in education but struggled with being inside classroom environment for long periods of time.

In her working career, she has worked with all ages from birth through to adults. During her Post Graduate studies, Avalon was lucky enough to go to Sweden to undertake Forest School training and found the experience to be phenomenal. When she returned to England, she found it difficult to find a setting that had the same outdoor education vision, until she found Little Forest Folk! She is now very excited to be a part of all the Little Forest Folk teams.

 Kellie  FOREST educational leader   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 educational leader

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.

 
 georgia  forest nursery educator  Georgia has been living locally to Chiswick house and gardens for over 15 years and has recently graduated from Falmouth University after studying a Theatre degree. She has previous experience working with children in America as part of the Camp America Programme.  Over her three years studying in Cornwall, she was surrounded with beautiful countryside which allowed her to rediscover her passion for the outdoors. After moving back to the area where she grew up, she felt like it was natural to find a job which allowed her to connect with nature and also teach others the importance of it. Georgia believes that Little Forest Folk has given her just that and so much more! 

georgia

forest nursery educator

Georgia has been living locally to Chiswick house and gardens for over 15 years and has recently graduated from Falmouth University after studying a Theatre degree. She has previous experience working with children in America as part of the Camp America Programme.

Over her three years studying in Cornwall, she was surrounded with beautiful countryside which allowed her to rediscover her passion for the outdoors. After moving back to the area where she grew up, she felt like it was natural to find a job which allowed her to connect with nature and also teach others the importance of it. Georgia believes that Little Forest Folk has given her just that and so much more! 

 Rachel  forest nursery educator  Rachel is originally from the Scottish Borders and has thrown herself at outdoor activities with enthusiastic joy all her life. Family holidays were spent camping and hiking around Scotland and outdoor play was a normal part of growing up. Some of her best memories are of Sunday picnics in the local hills, swimming in rivers, climbing trees and digging mountain bike trails in the woods.  Rachel holds a certificate in Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies and has four years of experience as a volunteer youth leader.   She is currently studying towards both her Forest School and Level 3 Early Years qualifications giving her the tools to channel her deep love and appreciation for the outdoors in a meaningful way.   Rachel finds that every day is made different because of these little people and is passionate about the importance of outdoor play and learning. Helping the children discover themselves and the world around them is inspiring, exciting and very often hilarious.

Rachel

forest nursery educator

Rachel is originally from the Scottish Borders and has thrown herself at outdoor activities with enthusiastic joy all her life. Family holidays were spent camping and hiking around Scotland and outdoor play was a normal part of growing up. Some of her best memories are of Sunday picnics in the local hills, swimming in rivers, climbing trees and digging mountain bike trails in the woods.

Rachel holds a certificate in Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies and has four years of experience as a volunteer youth leader. 

She is currently studying towards both her Forest School and Level 3 Early Years qualifications giving her the tools to channel her deep love and appreciation for the outdoors in a meaningful way. 

Rachel finds that every day is made different because of these little people and is passionate about the importance of outdoor play and learning. Helping the children discover themselves and the world around them is inspiring, exciting and very often hilarious.

 Katie  FOREST NURSERY play worker  Katie is the the eldest of 5 children and grew up in Sydney, Australia. Most of her time growing up was spent outdoors with her brother and neighbours, attending camps in Mulgoa, Sydney, and helping run these camps in her later years of high school.  She enjoys 'bush walks' or hiking, and her favourite hike to date was hiking Mt. Longonot in Kenya.  Katie studied a Bachelor of Education (Birth-12 years) at Notre Dame University in Sydney, and is a firm believer in getting children outdoors, learning through play and exploration. Little Forest Folk represents a learning environment that Katie has always dreamed of working in, especially coming from Australia to London!  

Katie

FOREST NURSERY play worker

Katie is the the eldest of 5 children and grew up in Sydney, Australia. Most of her time growing up was spent outdoors with her brother and neighbours, attending camps in Mulgoa, Sydney, and helping run these camps in her later years of high school.

She enjoys 'bush walks' or hiking, and her favourite hike to date was hiking Mt. Longonot in Kenya.

Katie studied a Bachelor of Education (Birth-12 years) at Notre Dame University in Sydney, and is a firm believer in getting children outdoors, learning through play and exploration. Little Forest Folk represents a learning environment that Katie has always dreamed of working in, especially coming from Australia to London!  

 
 Sam  forest nursery educator  Sam is fun-loving, creative, enthusiastic and curious about the natural world and its opportunities. Sam encourages spontaneity and discovery and with a Fine Art degree, is experienced within the creative process.  Sam looks forward to being inspired by the environment and to share his creativity with the children at Little Forest Folk. In his spare time, Sam enjoys working in his art studio and exploring nature.

Sam

forest nursery educator

Sam is fun-loving, creative, enthusiastic and curious about the natural world and its opportunities. Sam encourages spontaneity and discovery and with a Fine Art degree, is experienced within the creative process.

Sam looks forward to being inspired by the environment and to share his creativity with the children at Little Forest Folk. In his spare time, Sam enjoys working in his art studio and exploring nature.

 
 
 

 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’

 Jo  deputy manager  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

deputy manager

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  third in charge  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

third in charge

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.

 
 AVALON  FOREST MANAGEMENT RELIEF (all nursery sites)  Avalon is a trained Primary School Teacher as well as having her Early Years Teaching Status. From a young age, Avalon has loved being outdoors. She spent every summer holiday romping around the Cornish countryside, getting lost in the woods or clambering over the neighbouring fields around her grandparents farm. Avalon has always wanted to work in education but struggled with being inside classroom environment for long periods of time.  In her working career, she has worked with all ages from birth through to adults. During her Post Graduate studies, Avalon was lucky enough to go to Sweden to undertake Forest School training and found the experience to be phenomenal. When she returned to England, she found it difficult to find a setting that had the same outdoor education vision, until she found Little Forest Folk! She is now very excited to be a part of all the Little Forest Folk teams.

AVALON

FOREST MANAGEMENT RELIEF (all nursery sites)

Avalon is a trained Primary School Teacher as well as having her Early Years Teaching Status. From a young age, Avalon has loved being outdoors. She spent every summer holiday romping around the Cornish countryside, getting lost in the woods or clambering over the neighbouring fields around her grandparents farm. Avalon has always wanted to work in education but struggled with being inside classroom environment for long periods of time.

In her working career, she has worked with all ages from birth through to adults. During her Post Graduate studies, Avalon was lucky enough to go to Sweden to undertake Forest School training and found the experience to be phenomenal. When she returned to England, she found it difficult to find a setting that had the same outdoor education vision, until she found Little Forest Folk! She is now very excited to be a part of all the Little Forest Folk teams.

 Isabella  FOREST educational leader  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 educational leader

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.

 ARTURO  third in charge (relief)  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

third in charge (relief)

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!

 
 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.

 
 carina  FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR  Carina has almost ten years of experience in education, from primary school through to higher education. She moved to London in 2014 after living in Manchester for several years for postgraduate study, and in her spare time enjoys swimming and exploring the countryside.  Carina is a native of Wisconsin in the U.S., where they have a saying: ‘there is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing’. She has taken this to heart and feels strongly that life, at all ages, is best spent outdoors. Having spent much of her childhood climbing trees with a book in hand, Carina was immediately drawn to the power of outdoor education. She firmly believes that a strong basis for critical and creative thinking begins early on in life and is supported by active and enthusiastic engagement with the natural world.

carina

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Carina has almost ten years of experience in education, from primary school through to higher education. She moved to London in 2014 after living in Manchester for several years for postgraduate study, and in her spare time enjoys swimming and exploring the countryside.

Carina is a native of Wisconsin in the U.S., where they have a saying: ‘there is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing’. She has taken this to heart and feels strongly that life, at all ages, is best spent outdoors. Having spent much of her childhood climbing trees with a book in hand, Carina was immediately drawn to the power of outdoor education. She firmly believes that a strong basis for critical and creative thinking begins early on in life and is supported by active and enthusiastic engagement with the natural world.

 
 
 
 
 

 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. 

 Conor  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

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!

 sam  deputy manager  Sam has a wide variety of experience having worked in Early Years for almost 30 years. She was delighted to discover and gain her forest school leader qualification, finding the ethos of children learning outdoors to be incredibly beneficial and was therefore even further delighted to learn of the ethos behind Little Forest Folk.  Sam grew up close to Wimbledon Common and is happiest there with the sun shining and the breeze blowing. She is also passionate about singing - both onstage and with children and believes in supporting language development through singing and signing. Sam is very happy to be joining the Little Forest Folk team to do what she loves doing every day.   

sam

deputy manager

Sam has a wide variety of experience having worked in Early Years for almost 30 years. She was delighted to discover and gain her forest school leader qualification, finding the ethos of children learning outdoors to be incredibly beneficial and was therefore even further delighted to learn of the ethos behind Little Forest Folk.

Sam grew up close to Wimbledon Common and is happiest there with the sun shining and the breeze blowing. She is also passionate about singing - both onstage and with children and believes in supporting language development through singing and signing. Sam is very happy to be joining the Little Forest Folk team to do what she loves doing every day.

 

 
 Eddie  third in charge  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

third in charge

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. 

 AVALON  FOREST MANAGEMENT RELIEF (all nursery sites)  Avalon is a trained Primary School Teacher as well as having her Early Years Teaching Status. From a young age, Avalon has loved being outdoors. She spent every summer holiday romping around the Cornish countryside, getting lost in the woods or clambering over the neighbouring fields around her grandparents farm. Avalon has always wanted to work in education but struggled with being inside classroom environment for long periods of time.  In her working career, she has worked with all ages from birth through to adults. During her Post Graduate studies, Avalon was lucky enough to go to Sweden to undertake Forest School training and found the experience to be phenomenal. When she returned to England, she found it difficult to find a setting that had the same outdoor education vision, until she found Little Forest Folk! She is now very excited to be a part of all the Little Forest Folk teams.

AVALON

FOREST MANAGEMENT RELIEF (all nursery sites)

Avalon is a trained Primary School Teacher as well as having her Early Years Teaching Status. From a young age, Avalon has loved being outdoors. She spent every summer holiday romping around the Cornish countryside, getting lost in the woods or clambering over the neighbouring fields around her grandparents farm. Avalon has always wanted to work in education but struggled with being inside classroom environment for long periods of time.

In her working career, she has worked with all ages from birth through to adults. During her Post Graduate studies, Avalon was lucky enough to go to Sweden to undertake Forest School training and found the experience to be phenomenal. When she returned to England, she found it difficult to find a setting that had the same outdoor education vision, until she found Little Forest Folk! She is now very excited to be a part of all the Little Forest Folk teams.

 ARTURO  third in charge (relief)  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

third in charge (relief)

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!

 
 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. 

 christy  forest nursery educator  A passion for the outdoors is something Christy harnessed at a young age. She grew up in a rural American town where her fondest childhood memories include climbing trees and boulders in her backyard with her brothers.    For six years, Christy worked at a summer camp where she facilitated ropes course classes, canoe excursions, and led overnight trips. She knew that nature, laughter, and a sense of adventure always needed to be part of her life, so she studied Outdoor Education at the University of New Hampshire.   Christy’s goal is to incorporate nature into all educational settings. Christy has a love for nature, a desire to protect it, and a yearning to explore it. She is excited to have the opportunity to help young children develop these same passions, especially children who live in such a big city, and is thrilled to be part of the Little Forest Folk family.

christy

forest nursery educator

A passion for the outdoors is something Christy harnessed at a young age. She grew up in a rural American town where her fondest childhood memories include climbing trees and boulders in her backyard with her brothers.  

For six years, Christy worked at a summer camp where she facilitated ropes course classes, canoe excursions, and led overnight trips. She knew that nature, laughter, and a sense of adventure always needed to be part of her life, so she studied Outdoor Education at the University of New Hampshire. 

Christy’s goal is to incorporate nature into all educational settings. Christy has a love for nature, a desire to protect it, and a yearning to explore it. She is excited to have the opportunity to help young children develop these same passions, especially children who live in such a big city, and is thrilled to be part of the Little Forest Folk family.

 natalie  forest nursery educator  Natalie originally studied and worked as a psychiatric nurse and felt concerned about the sheer volume of young adults being diagnosed with mental illness. This led her to explore a career that would help lay a positive foundation for human development.  She discovered Waldorf education and completed a Steiner teacher training course before teaching in a Steiner school. On returning from travels in India she completed the Steiner Early Years training followed by 3 years teaching in a Waldorf kindergarten. Natalie believes that nature is our best teacher! 

natalie

forest nursery educator

Natalie originally studied and worked as a psychiatric nurse and felt concerned about the sheer volume of young adults being diagnosed with mental illness. This led her to explore a career that would help lay a positive foundation for human development.

She discovered Waldorf education and completed a Steiner teacher training course before teaching in a Steiner school. On returning from travels in India she completed the Steiner Early Years training followed by 3 years teaching in a Waldorf kindergarten. Natalie believes that nature is our best teacher! 

 
 Rachel  forest nursery educator  Rachel is originally from the Scottish Borders and has thrown herself at outdoor activities with enthusiastic joy all her life. Family holidays were spent camping and hiking around Scotland and outdoor play was a normal part of growing up. Some of her best memories are of Sunday picnics in the local hills, swimming in rivers, climbing trees and digging mountain bike trails in the woods.  Rachel holds a certificate in Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies and has four years of experience as a volunteer youth leader.   She is currently studying towards both her Forest School and Level 3 Early Years qualifications giving her the tools to channel her deep love and appreciation for the outdoors in a meaningful way.   Rachel finds that every day is made different because of these little people and is passionate about the importance of outdoor play and learning. Helping the children discover themselves and the world around them is inspiring, exciting and very often hilarious.

Rachel

forest nursery educator

Rachel is originally from the Scottish Borders and has thrown herself at outdoor activities with enthusiastic joy all her life. Family holidays were spent camping and hiking around Scotland and outdoor play was a normal part of growing up. Some of her best memories are of Sunday picnics in the local hills, swimming in rivers, climbing trees and digging mountain bike trails in the woods.

Rachel holds a certificate in Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies and has four years of experience as a volunteer youth leader. 

She is currently studying towards both her Forest School and Level 3 Early Years qualifications giving her the tools to channel her deep love and appreciation for the outdoors in a meaningful way. 

Rachel finds that every day is made different because of these little people and is passionate about the importance of outdoor play and learning. Helping the children discover themselves and the world around them is inspiring, exciting and very often hilarious.

 sofia  forest nursery educator  Sofia was born in Uruguay and spent her childhood years exploring her back garden as well as the wild forest and countryside encompassing her grandmother’s house. These early experiences sparked her deep fascination for the natural world. This is also why she feels it is important for all children to explore and make their own connections with nature.  Sofia enjoys gardening, art, hiking and spoiling her pet hamster. She is extremely excited to continue to learn and becoming level 3 forest school trained in the future.  Prior joining Little Forest Folk, Sofia was at university studying Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science in Bristol, alongside volunteering with local forest schools.  Sofia has so much fun working outdoors with children and feels extremely honoured to be a part of the Wandsworth team.

sofia

forest nursery educator

Sofia was born in Uruguay and spent her childhood years exploring her back garden as well as the wild forest and countryside encompassing her grandmother’s house. These early experiences sparked her deep fascination for the natural world. This is also why she feels it is important for all children to explore and make their own connections with nature.

Sofia enjoys gardening, art, hiking and spoiling her pet hamster. She is extremely excited to continue to learn and becoming level 3 forest school trained in the future.

Prior joining Little Forest Folk, Sofia was at university studying Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science in Bristol, alongside volunteering with local forest schools.

Sofia has so much fun working outdoors with children and feels extremely honoured to be a part of the Wandsworth team.

 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.

 
 Rachel  Currently on Maternity Leave   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

Currently on Maternity Leave

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.

 
 
 
 

 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.

 xiao  assistant deputy manager  Xiao knew he wanted to work with children from the moment he left school and is enjoying his career in early years. He has worked with children with profound and multiple learning difficulties where he loved making sensory stories and has also been a nanny on skis.   More recently he has been teaching 16-19 year olds to be early years’ practitioners and loved nothing more than getting his students outdoors to build dens and help them rediscover the magic of outdo or play.   He is so happy to become part Little Forest Folk and share in children’s wonder as they make relationships with their outdoor environment and uncover new discoveries in the great outdoors.

xiao

assistant deputy manager

Xiao knew he wanted to work with children from the moment he left school and is enjoying his career in early years. He has worked with children with profound and multiple learning difficulties where he loved making sensory stories and has also been a nanny on skis. 

More recently he has been teaching 16-19 year olds to be early years’ practitioners and loved nothing more than getting his students outdoors to build dens and help them rediscover the magic of outdo or play. 

He is so happy to become part Little Forest Folk and share in children’s wonder as they make relationships with their outdoor environment and uncover new discoveries in the great outdoors.

 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.

 
 AVALON  FOREST MANAGEMENT RELIEF (all nursery sites)  Avalon is a trained Primary School Teacher as well as having her Early Years Teaching Status. From a young age, Avalon has loved being outdoors. She spent every summer holiday romping around the Cornish countryside, getting lost in the woods or clambering over the neighbouring fields around her grandparents farm. Avalon has always wanted to work in education but struggled with being inside classroom environment for long periods of time.  In her working career, she has worked with all ages from birth through to adults. During her Post Graduate studies, Avalon was lucky enough to go to Sweden to undertake Forest School training and found the experience to be phenomenal. When she returned to England, she found it difficult to find a setting that had the same outdoor education vision, until she found Little Forest Folk! She is now very excited to be a part of all the Little Forest Folk teams.

AVALON

FOREST MANAGEMENT RELIEF (all nursery sites)

Avalon is a trained Primary School Teacher as well as having her Early Years Teaching Status. From a young age, Avalon has loved being outdoors. She spent every summer holiday romping around the Cornish countryside, getting lost in the woods or clambering over the neighbouring fields around her grandparents farm. Avalon has always wanted to work in education but struggled with being inside classroom environment for long periods of time.

In her working career, she has worked with all ages from birth through to adults. During her Post Graduate studies, Avalon was lucky enough to go to Sweden to undertake Forest School training and found the experience to be phenomenal. When she returned to England, she found it difficult to find a setting that had the same outdoor education vision, until she found Little Forest Folk! She is now very excited to be a part of all the Little Forest Folk teams.

 ARTURO  third in charge (relief)  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

third in charge (relief)

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!

 sam  FOREST EDUCAtional leader  Sam has a BA in Primary Education and has been an early years teacher since 2014. During this time, he has seen the benefits of outdoor play, and the impact it can have on children’s wellbeing and their attitude to learning.    Sam believes that child-led provision based on both the children’s interests and the skills they need to develop are important to teaching in the early years. He is excited to work somewhere which not only shares these beliefs, but allows children to explore and learn about nature and the world around them.   Sam enjoys reading, football and good quality knitwear (provided by his grandparents). He is currently working towards completing his level 3 forest school leader training. 

sam

FOREST EDUCAtional leader

Sam has a BA in Primary Education and has been an early years teacher since 2014. During this time, he has seen the benefits of outdoor play, and the impact it can have on children’s wellbeing and their attitude to learning.  

Sam believes that child-led provision based on both the children’s interests and the skills they need to develop are important to teaching in the early years. He is excited to work somewhere which not only shares these beliefs, but allows children to explore and learn about nature and the world around them. 

Sam enjoys reading, football and good quality knitwear (provided by his grandparents). He is currently working towards completing his level 3 forest school leader training. 

 
 Leia  FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR  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

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

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.

 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.

 Emma  FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR  Growing up in Greece, Emma spent her days outdoors, enjoying adventures at the beach, in the mountains or in nearby woodlands. Emma has a degree in childhood studies, an MA in Early Years education, and five years’ experience working in Early Years before starting her journey with Little Forest Folk.  Emma has a passion for outdoor play and helping children to explore their natural world, experiment, take risks and develop positive learning dispositions. Emma believes in the importance of providing children quality time to play in the fresh air and helping them connect with nature. She feels privileged to be a part of the LFF team and to be surrounded by active, fully engaged and excited children. Her favourite part of the week is flying around with superheroes, making mud 'potions', playing around the mole holes and climbing trees. 

Emma

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Growing up in Greece, Emma spent her days outdoors, enjoying adventures at the beach, in the mountains or in nearby woodlands. Emma has a degree in childhood studies, an MA in Early Years education, and five years’ experience working in Early Years before starting her journey with Little Forest Folk.

Emma has a passion for outdoor play and helping children to explore their natural world, experiment, take risks and develop positive learning dispositions. Emma believes in the importance of providing children quality time to play in the fresh air and helping them connect with nature. She feels privileged to be a part of the LFF team and to be surrounded by active, fully engaged and excited children. Her favourite part of the week is flying around with superheroes, making mud 'potions', playing around the mole holes and climbing trees. 

 
 olga  FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR  Olga grew up in Greece, and first began working with children because they help keep her inner child alive. Olga has a Diploma in Children Studies, and is due to finish her Masters in Conservation Management of Heritage in November 2018.  She is excited that she can combine her love of working with children with her passion for nature, conservation and sustainability, and relishes the opportunity to be able to see the impact nature has on children development at Little Forest Folk. She loves reading, yoga and the rain never stops her from taking long walks outside!

olga

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Olga grew up in Greece, and first began working with children because they help keep her inner child alive. Olga has a Diploma in Children Studies, and is due to finish her Masters in Conservation Management of Heritage in November 2018.

She is excited that she can combine her love of working with children with her passion for nature, conservation and sustainability, and relishes the opportunity to be able to see the impact nature has on children development at Little Forest Folk. She loves reading, yoga and the rain never stops her from taking long walks outside!

 sarah  FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR  Sarah grew up not too far from Wimbledon and is very happy to be enjoying the local forest area in one of the best ways possible. Sarah has experience working on placements in hospitals and children’s wards, as well as schools, both mainstream and schools focused on additional needs, both educational and physical. She has also spent time in Borneo playing with, and teaching, the local children while enjoying the beautiful outdoors.   Sarah loves bringing music into the forest with songs, rhymes and instruments, and enjoying making up songs with the children. She is inspired by the development of the children while in outdoor play, and is very proud to be a member of the LLF team. Sarah is currently completing her Level 3 forest school leader training. 

sarah

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Sarah grew up not too far from Wimbledon and is very happy to be enjoying the local forest area in one of the best ways possible. Sarah has experience working on placements in hospitals and children’s wards, as well as schools, both mainstream and schools focused on additional needs, both educational and physical. She has also spent time in Borneo playing with, and teaching, the local children while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. 

Sarah loves bringing music into the forest with songs, rhymes and instruments, and enjoying making up songs with the children. She is inspired by the development of the children while in outdoor play, and is very proud to be a member of the LLF team. Sarah is currently completing her Level 3 forest school leader training. 

 Katarina  FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR  Katarina has a great love for the outdoors and grew up in the countryside in Slovakia. She would be found exploring the great outdoors - come rain or shine! She has a degree in Psychology and a level 6 (Early Year Professional Status) qualification in childcare.  Katarina has over 14 years childcare experience working as a nanny as well as an early year practitioner. She loves working outside in the forest, staying connected with nature and enjoys being able to share exciting journeys with the children.

Katarina

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Katarina has a great love for the outdoors and grew up in the countryside in Slovakia. She would be found exploring the great outdoors - come rain or shine! She has a degree in Psychology and a level 6 (Early Year Professional Status) qualification in childcare.

Katarina has over 14 years childcare experience working as a nanny as well as an early year practitioner. She loves working outside in the forest, staying connected with nature and enjoys being able to share exciting journeys with the children.

 
 spike  FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR  Spike was born and raised in Maidstone in Kent and loves walking, cooking, writing, reading but most of all telling stories! He has worked in childcare since 2014 and is finishing his level 3 Forest School Training. He loves the outdoors and working with children so Little Forest Folk is the perfect combination!

spike

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Spike was born and raised in Maidstone in Kent and loves walking, cooking, writing, reading but most of all telling stories! He has worked in childcare since 2014 and is finishing his level 3 Forest School Training. He loves the outdoors and working with children so Little Forest Folk is the perfect combination!

 Katie  FOREST NURSERY play worker  Katie is the the eldest of 5 children and grew up in Sydney, Australia. Most of her time growing up was spent outdoors with her brother and neighbours, attending camps in Mulgoa, Sydney, and helping run these camps in her later years of high school.  She enjoys 'bush walks' or hiking, and her favourite hike to date was hiking Mt. Longonot in Kenya.  Katie studied a Bachelor of Education (Birth-12 years) at Notre Dame University in Sydney, and is a firm believer in getting children outdoors, learning through play and exploration. Little Forest Folk represents a learning environment that Katie has always dreamed of working in, especially coming from Australia to London!  

Katie

FOREST NURSERY play worker

Katie is the the eldest of 5 children and grew up in Sydney, Australia. Most of her time growing up was spent outdoors with her brother and neighbours, attending camps in Mulgoa, Sydney, and helping run these camps in her later years of high school.

She enjoys 'bush walks' or hiking, and her favourite hike to date was hiking Mt. Longonot in Kenya.

Katie studied a Bachelor of Education (Birth-12 years) at Notre Dame University in Sydney, and is a firm believer in getting children outdoors, learning through play and exploration. Little Forest Folk represents a learning environment that Katie has always dreamed of working in, especially coming from Australia to London!  

 christie  FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR  Christie grew up in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia surrounded by beaches, bushland, reserves and a community of people who enjoy everything the outdoors have to offer. Christie has completed her BA in Primary Education which she completed at Notre Dame University in Sydney. While studying, Christie worked part time in an early childhood centre and fell in love with the age group. Christie has been working with young children since 2011.   In 2017 Christie spent 9 months travelling the UK and parts of Europe which involved a study tour of outdoor nurseries in the UK, an international early childhood conference in Italy and a study tour in Iceland. Spending time in the outdoor nurseries inspired her to move to the UK and join a team helping children get knee deep in nature.   Christie is a passionate Early Years Practitioner who believes children have a right to a childhood full of nature, imagination, creativity, fun and friends. She aims to empower children to make their own choices, explore their own interests and develop their ability to explore the world around them. 

christie

FOREST NURSERY EDUCATOR

Christie grew up in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia surrounded by beaches, bushland, reserves and a community of people who enjoy everything the outdoors have to offer. Christie has completed her BA in Primary Education which she completed at Notre Dame University in Sydney. While studying, Christie worked part time in an early childhood centre and fell in love with the age group. Christie has been working with young children since 2011. 

In 2017 Christie spent 9 months travelling the UK and parts of Europe which involved a study tour of outdoor nurseries in the UK, an international early childhood conference in Italy and a study tour in Iceland. Spending time in the outdoor nurseries inspired her to move to the UK and join a team helping children get knee deep in nature. 

Christie is a passionate Early Years Practitioner who believes children have a right to a childhood full of nature, imagination, creativity, fun and friends. She aims to empower children to make their own choices, explore their own interests and develop their ability to explore the world around them. 

 
 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.