Director and Manager of Out There Forest School and Kindergarten
Qualified teacher and Forest School Leader
Jenny has over 18 years experience of working with children and young people in a variety of settings from nurseries to secondary schools. During this time she has developed a wealth of skills and qualifications. She is a qualified teacher and Forest School Leader.
“I have been involved in developing outdoor play and learning opportunities in schools in London and Bristol. I am passionate about what we do at Out There, offering more opportunities for children to play and learn outside in their natural environment. I believe that children are naturally curious and self-motivated to learn. So what better place to develop this curiosity than outside the traditional classroom, in the natural environment. What better place to be self-motivated than in a place where you can run freely, climb a tree, dig a hole, scale a mudslide, turn over a log. My ethos for the Out There Kindergarten is for it to be the place where children are free to play, explore, imagine and wonder at their leisure.”
DEPUTY MANAGER OF OUT THERE FOREST SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN, co founder and manager of Stapleton Kindergarten
Ella is an experienced Early years practiser (Level 3 in Childcare and education) and outstanding Forest School Leader. She has worked with Out There since 2016 and supports Jenny in managing both Kindergartens and the Forest School. Due to the smallness of the setting she is both a manager and key person.
“ I feel very strongly about children having the chance to experience learning outdoors. Forest School promotes learning through risk taking and imaginative play and allows for freedom of expression in a natural environment. The woodland setting has so much to offer children with regards to their holistic experience. Our outdoor preschool will allow children opportunities to engage in a magical learning adventure with our carefully chosen activities and flexible child led approaches’.
Early Years Teacher
Kim is a highly skilled and experienced Early Years teacher with a passion for outdoor learning and connecting children to nature. She has previously worked in schools in Hertfordshire and then in more recent years with Out There Forest School and Kindergarten in Brislington and Stapleton supporting the teams and providing cover. She joined the Stapleton team full time in March to make up the 4th key person and become the ‘early years’ lead.
I am a mother of three incredible grown up humans and my journey as an educator began when my youngest was a toddler. I gained a first class honours degree and went to work as a Key Stage One teacher and then an Early Years Leader. As part of my Early Years Role, I became a Leading Teacher for Hertfordshire, working as an outreach practitioner, helping other settings to be reflective in their practise and develop their environments, both inside and outside.
I am passionate about providing children with environments where they can grow and learn, laugh and imagine, helping them to form positive and meaningful relationships and become reflective, confident humans.
Being outside in natural settings has always been important to me and my family and I am positive that being in the outdoor environment is key to being healthy and happy, both physically and mentally. Being outside makes us more connected to nature and helps us to develop an awareness of the impact we have as humans. This is of fundamental importance.
Early Years Educator
Georgia came to us as a student from the university of west of England in October 2017 where she gained a first class degree in Early Childhood studies. She was selected for a role in Stapleton based on her passion for outdoor learning and excellent knowledge of the early years foundation stage.
“I have recently achieved a Bachelor of Honours Degree in Early Childhood where my independent research focused on outdoor education and the role of the natural environment in young children’s learning and development. I am very excited to explore this interest and passion further within my role at Out There Kindergarten. I am trained in safeguarding children and Level Three Paediatric First Aid. I believe that the ever changing natural environment provides invaluable and exciting opportunities for children to flourish throughout all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.”
Early Years Educator in training
Miri starting volunteering with us in April 2018 and has since gone on to become an early years educator in training. She is supported by the team and will study for her level 3 diploma in early years education in September 2019.
“I am passionate for children to explore and learn in the natural outdoors. The woodland surrounding both sites are rich in learning resource for the children and it’s wonderful to see how the seasons change the landscape as we play amongst it. I think it’s vital for children to be introduced to an element of risk, have an opportunity to make decisions, take a wrong turn and learn from it. My creativity means I love to explore a variety of stimulating activities with the children – drawing from their expressed interests. I am lucky to be undertaking an apprenticeship with Out There Kindergarten to deepen my knowledge of childcare and further a career in what I love most.”