Hi I’m Ann, I live with my cocker spaniel Tilly and have 2 grown up children and a grandchild.
I have been a childminder for almost 31 years, caring for children from 6 weeks to 9 years. I have also completed a BA Hons in Early Years and Education and I am a fully qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader. In my spare time I love walking my dog, taking in the wonders of the great outdoors and a few photos of the quirky and fascinating creations of nature.
My favourite place to be is in the woods, surrounded by the trees and listening to the birds. If I had to choose my favourite animal it would probably be the woodpecker, although owl and deer are close favourites too!!
Hi, I’m Kirsten and as well as running Forest School sessions I am also a part-time teacher of Geography and Countryside Management at More House School, in Frensham. I have a husband, two children (aged 4 and 1), and a dog called Sprocket.
I love all things out-of-doors, and in my spare time (not that I have much left!) I am also the leader of Frensham Guides and Wrecclesham Rangers, two thriving local Girlguiding units.
My favourite forest school activity has to be a scavenger hunt as I never know what strange and fantastic items will be collected.
My favourite British animal would have to be a red squirrel as I grew up on the Isle of Wight and we used to see them regularly in the local woods. I also love red kites; their piercing calls over Herons Wey always make me smile.
We are passionate about showing young children the wonders of the great outdoors, in all weathers.
We know that children who have the opportunity to explore and investigate the world, learn to care for their surroundings, which in turn helps with their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Children who attend forest school at a young age learn so much from being outdoors which they will carry throughout their lives, from assessing risks, team work, language skills and problem solving to name a few. Forest School also builds a child’s confidence and self-esteem, resilience and independence, helping them to cope with change, such as starting school and making new friends.