Co Founder of Out There Kindergarten and Kindergarten Manager
Syama has over 10 years’ experience working with children in a variety of settings and before joining Out There worked at a Bristol Children’s Centre as a support worker. She joined Out There in 2016 when undertaking her Forest School training and has since gone on to prove she is both an outstanding Forest School Leader and Early Years Practitioner. She developed her early years practise whilst on the early years teacher training and this is reflected in her wonderful interactions with the children and the quality, child led learning opportunities she facilitates. Her fantastic logistical, organisation skills are put to the test daily as she leads her team and the children through the Kindergarten day.
“I came to Forest School through my environmentalism and passion for connecting people, particularly children and families, with the natural world. I have studied ecology, horticulture, herbalism and sustainability, and am currently completing an MA in Environmental Humanities, and I love sharing this knowledge with the children, as well as just being outdoors in wild spaces. I believe that these experiences are important for personal emotional and physical wellbeing, as well as on a social and environmental level. The more children come to love and care for the world, the better equipped they are to contribute to a sustainable future.”
Early Years Teacher and SENCO
Lily joined us in January 2019 having previously working in several outstanding nurseries across Bristol. She brings with her a wealth of experience and a passion for outdoor learning. Since starting at Out There she has gone on to take on the role of SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and is due to start her SENCO award training in September.
“Hello, My name is Lily. I'm a qualified teacher with a specialism in Early Years. I'm really passionate about providing children with an education which respects them as individuals and nurtures all aspects of their development. Outdoor Learning has always been an interest of mine, so I'm excited about spending lots of time exploring in the Forest where there is an abundance of learning opportunities. In my spare time I enjoy keeping active with badminton, swimming and yoga. I also love theatre reading, cooking, and travelling as much as possible!”
Early Years Teacher, Forest School leader and Assistant Manager
Rhiannon is a new addition to the team and officially starts in September. She joins us from London, where she both taught in nursery and reception class and led Forest School sessions across the school. She is taking on the role of deputy Forest school leader and assistant manager, meaning she will support Syama in her role as manager and be the person in charge in her absence.
“I have been teaching in primary schools for 5 years. Most recently, I worked as a Forest School leader at an inner-city primary in South London. I am inspired by the positive changes that Forest School creates in children’s well-being and desire to learn. Through connecting to nature children build positive relationships with the world, with others around them and with themselves. I love working outdoors and spend my weekends playing and making mud pies with my 2 year old son.”
Early Years Educator and Forest School Assistant
Alex joined the team in June 2019 having previously worked as a teaching assistant in a primary school reception class. Prior to this she studied at Bath Spa University and gained experience in early years when on a placement at St Paul’s Children’s Centre (a lead teaching school). She also has experience of volunteering in a Forest School similar to Out There. Her quality interactions and nurturing approach means she was a firm favourite for the role of early years educator and key person.
“My name is Alex and I have been working in Early Years since 2016. My enthusiasm for the natural world came from a childhood spent helping my parents garden and led me to study Archaeology and Geography to Masters level. I soon realised my passion was not the outdoors alone, but sharing the wonders of it with people. I explored various avenues in education, from Libraries and College to Primary schools and Forest school, through which I developed a deep interest in and decided to pursue Early Years education.
I am ambitious to practice a holistic, environmentally conscious form of education which grounds children's learning in the practicalities of the real world and enables children to discover and grow their individually unique capabilities.
When I’m not hanging out with trees I enjoy singing in choirs, attempting new knitting challenges, swimming and cooking.”
Early Years Educator and Forest School Leader
Ben is also a new addition to the team and joins us from London where he worked in a similar outdoor nursery. Here he gained experience of working in an outdoor ‘Forest School’ nursery and also went on to complete his Forest School leadership training.
“Hi! I’m Ben. I have worked in different capacities with young children for many years, including working as a teaching assistant in a primary school, as a teacher for children with specific educational needs, and as a nanny looking after three young children. After working as an organic veg grower and facilitating outdoor educational projects, I decided to merge my love of the outdoors with my educational experience and train as a forest school leader. I worked for a Year and a half at a forest school nursery in London and loved working with children of this age. I'm always reminded of the joy of having fun and living in the moment! I have recently moved to Bristol and am delighted to be able to continue working with young children in a forest school nursery environment. Being outdoors in nature is grounding while also incredibly awe-inspiring. Being able to share and facilitate this experience with young children is something that I find very enjoyable. I believe that being outdoors is so important to the development of happy and well-rounded children.”