I have been working outdoors with young children since 2010, when I began my Forest School Leader training while working as an arts journalist. I became so passionate about nature-based, play-led learning that in 2011 I made the career move from journalism to Early Childhood education: I believe that childhood should be a time of freedom, fun and wonder – and nothing beats nature for offering diverse, rich learning opportunities!
I am an experienced primary school teacher, with a PGCE specialising in Early Years education. I have taught Nursery and Reception classes in two Ofsted-outstanding primary schools in the North West of England, working with children aged 2 to 5 to make their learning experiences fun, engaging and full of wonder. As a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader, I am experienced in delivering exciting, challenging and memorable outdoor learning opportunities to children aged 2 to 11: from making mud portraits to using simple tools to safe fire-making.
As well as the outdoors, my other great passions are music and the arts. I play alto saxophone, and do my very best to Latin-dance my way around a ballroom! I am a strong believer in the the power of the visual arts, theatre, music and dance in the development of happy, imaginative and expressive young people.
I am married to Phil, who works in the care sector and is a great baker. We both hold up-to-date enhanced DBS certificates.
It has long been my dream to deliver outstandingly nature-based care and learning experiences for young children. I am incredibly excited to share my passion for outdoor learning by offering an excellent childcare service to children and their families.
Manchester City Council-accredited childminder
PGCE Early Years
Level 3 Forest School Leader
Level 3 Beach School Practitioner
Paediatric First Aid
British Sign Language Level
Food Hygiene Certificate holder
BA Hons. English Literature