owner and manager of out there forest school and kindergarten
Jenny has over 18 years experience of working with children and young people in a variety of settings from nurseries to secondary schools and for over 10 years, Jenny worked in schools in Bristol and London as a primary school teacher specialising in outdoor learning. She did her Forest School training in 2015, the same year that Out There Forest School was founded. She is inspired by the German style Forest Kindergartens and believes outdoor experiences enhance children’s learning in a way that is unparalleled.
“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.”
CO FOUNDER OF OUT THERE KINDERGARTEN AND deputy MANAGER OF BRISLINGTON SETTING
Syama has over 10 years’ experience working with children in a variety of settings and before joining Out there worked at a local children’s centre as a support worker. She is an outstanding Forest school leader and early years practitioner.
“I have a lifelong passion for the natural world and a background in studying Ecology, Sustainability and Food Growing at Degree - soon to be MA level. Through my work in a Bristol Children's Centre, I have had the opportunity to run allotment projects and lead outdoor sessions, and I cannot wait to share more time outdoors.”
Early Years Student
Hazel joined us in February 2018 after previously working at a children’s centre in Bristol. She is fantastic with all the children but particarlky our youngest ones. She is also the one responsible for our pet cockroaches and African land snails.
“My name is Hazel and I am currently studying for my Early Years Diploma. I have been working in Early Years for about 6 years in a variety of roles involving the outdoors, including helping a nursery in China to set up a forest school programme. I am passionate about ensuring the emotional wellbeing of children and feel that being outdoors is hugely beneficial to this. I love exploring the woods with the children, listening to all the wonderful things they notice about the world around them and helping them grow and develop through their own interests and curiosity. In my spare time I love treating myself to facemasks and generally relaxing after a muddy week in the woods..”
Qualified Primary School Teacher
Yvonne joined us in September 2018 and is a fantastic addition to the team. She is Forest School trained and loves to spend time outdoors with her two young children practicing her forest schools skills such as due building and fire lighting.
“My name is Yvonne and I am a qualified primary school teacher. I have taught in several Bristol schools and have always had a passion for the outdoors so I decided to pursue a Forest School career as an alternative...and am loving it! I have two children, aged 2 and 3 so am well aware first hand of how these little people work at home as well as at nursery! I lived and worked with street children in Bolivia, South America for a number of years before moving to Buenos Aires, where I further consolidated my Spanish. I have a love of languages and speak Irish Gaelic and Scots Gaidhlig, Spanish, Catalan and German. In my (very limited!) spare time, I enjoy dancing, cooking, hiking, reading (when I manage to get past more than 3 pages before falling asleep...), anything outdoors and outings with my family.”
Qualified Early Years Teacher
Lily joined us in January 2019 after previously working in several outstanding nurseries across Bristol. She brings with her a wealth of experience and a passion for outdoor learning
“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!”