Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten Team
Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten is Ofsted registered, our practitioners have:
- Early Years Teacher Status (or equivalent)
- First Aid Training
- Minimum two years experience at an Ofsted registered setting
- Strong references
- Forest School qualifications and / or outdoor experience
- Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check
- A passion for outdoor learning in the early years
Kate - Kindergarten Manager
Kate's Profile is coming soon!
Kate's profile is coming soon!
Olivia - Curriculum Lead
Dip Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies, BA Hons Working with Children and Families
Olivia has a degree in Working with Children and Families as well as a diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies. She has worked with children aged birth to five years old in nurseries and has experience of working within a Steiner Waldorf kindergarten with children aged four to six years old, which has shown her that each child has a natural impulse to lead their own learning through discovering and experiencing the world around them. Olivia is passionate about working with children and believes that the wonder of nature can bring many learning experiences for each child, to be creative and imaginative in their own individual way. Olivia enjoys being outside in all seasons, especially amongst the Autumn leaves. In her spare time, she enjoys doing yoga, baking, cooking vegetarian food and walking in the countryside.
Emilia - Pedagogical Lead
BA Psychology, MA Psychoanalytic Infant Observational Studies (studying)
Emilia’s interest in early childhood emerged after she had her first child. Emilia says the journey of discovering and understanding what it means to be a child has been one of the most valuable journeys she has been on! She has worked as a childminder and recently graduated from BSc Psychology and is currently studying for a MA in Psychoanalytic Infant Observational Studies. Free outdoor play was a central part of Emilia’s childhood, and, reflecting on these early experiences, Emilia realised this was something she took for granted. Emilia believes that outdoor play is nowadays unavailable for so many children, and yet the most natural form of exploring the world. She feels strongly that children have a natural need to be outdoors and engaging with nature. Emilia loves gardening, particularly growing vegetables. She also enjoys woodland walks, coastal walks and running.
Corrie - Outdoor Early Years Practitioner
BA Early Childhood Studies (Professional Practice)
Corrie has a passion for children’s social and emotional development and well-being. She believes these areas of development are integral in providing a secure foundation from which each unique child can flourish. Corrie is also interested in how engagement with nature and outdoor environments can support children’s sense of emotional well-being and contribute towards positive mental and physical health. She has a degree in Early Childhood Studies (Professional Practice) which enabled her to gain experience working closely with children and families in a variety of early years settings. Corrie loves animals, enjoys arts and crafts and going for long countryside walks with her dog, especially on frosty winter mornings.
Georgia - Outdoor Early Years Practitioner
Childcare Learning & Development Level 3
Georgia has been working with children and families for a number of years, and is passionate about the role of the practitioner when working in partnership with families to achieve great outcomes. Georgia has worked with children aged birth through to five years, and has spent time helping to deliver Forest School sessions. She is keen to pursue her Forest School accreditation and is passionate about learning opportunities outdoors. She feels strongly about offering a nature based environment which allows for children to have opportunities to manage their own risk, that in turn nourishes their personal, social and emotional development. She has observed the impacts a holistic outdoor based approach can have on children and the deep connection children can attain with the natural environment. Georgia runs a Rainbows unit as part of Girlguiding, developing young girls confidence and skills to support them to reach their full potential, so they can become the young women that they want to be. She loves spending time outdoors walking and camping; and enjoys cooking Vegan food, and practicing yoga.
Kate - Outdoor Early Years Assistant
BA Graduate, special interest in Early Years & Respectful Parenting
Kate's passion for child development and self-directed learning emerged after she had her child. She filled all of her spare time educating herself, through blogs, books, academic papers, TED talks and exploring the plethora of ideas and conversations around the the topic. Kate has been practising these approaches with her son for the past 3 years, and has just begun their homeschool journey, using a self-directed learning approach. There is nothing Kate finds more fascinating than observing children in their natural flow of play and unique exploration, and observing just how capable they are of their own learning and where it leads them. In her spare time, Kate is still reading and learning, and opening her eyes to the world from a child's perspective. She has a huge connection with nature and eco living, and can be found exploring the great outdoors in all weathers!
Matt - Bushcraft Specialist
Forest School Leader L3, top-level canoe coach/guide & Mountain Leader, Bushcraft Mentor, solid wood craft skills
Matt has been working as an outdoor instructor for over 10 years. During that time he has enjoyed working with people of all ages, but especially children in early-years. He is actively involved in caring for his own children (aged 3 & 6) and has shared countless outdoor mini-adventures with them throughout the seasons. He loves spending time in the woods and owns his own small woodland in Worcestershire where he runs family bushcraft activities. Matt is also the owner and director of Adventure 7, a company dedicated to Forest School, Bushcraft and Canoe courses. Adventure 7 is the partner organisation of Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten and responsible for Forest School provision.