Fireflies Forest school is based at Hinchingbrooke Country Park in Huntington. Hinchingbrooke Country Park covers 170 acres of open grasslands, mature woodland and lakes. We rotate the area of woodland where we spend our session to ensure we are leaving no trace behind.
We feel passionate that children should be immersed in the outdoors and connect with nature as much as possible. We follow the forest school ethos in all of our sessions and so the sessions offer a child led experience whereby they can develop their independence, resilience, confidence, self esteem whilst learning to assess and manage risk through engaging in risky play.
Additional to forest school training Jessica and Sonia both have a wealth of experience working with children and young adults with Autism, various mental health conditions and challenging behaviour. We welcome all children, no matter their needs to all of our sessions. However if your child struggles to be in a large group, we do offer separate smaller sessions of just 8 children.
In 2010 I graduated from University with a BSc in Child Psychology which led me to later becoming a qualified Primary School teacher . As a teacher I always felt that the education system was missing something and that children were not getting the time outside to take risks, connect with nature and learn skills which develops their self esteem and confidence. After having my two children I began my forest school training and I am now a Level 3 Forest School Leader.
I have worked with children for the past 16 years in various roles and feel passionate about ensuring they have time to play and connect with nature in a pure and unstructured way. I have experience working with young people who are on the Autistic Spectrum, display challenging behaviour and have complex mental health needs. I feel passionate that spending time in nature is very powerful for all children's mental health through providing time to assess and take risks, increase their self esteem and confidence, develop resilience and most importantly; connect with nature.
Bsc Psychology with Child Studies
Level 5 Advanced Certificate in Understanding Autism
QTS Primary Education
OCN Level 3 Forest School Leader
Paediatric and Outdoor First Aid trained
I am a married 51 year old, with 2 grown up daughters. For the last 20 years I have worked in education supporting children with Autism. I am a qualified level 2 forest school assistant and for the past year and a half and have worked alongside Jessica Robin running a forest school. I look forward to being able to offer forest school to another community and feel excited to support them in developing their resilience, confidence, self esteem and awareness around looking after our environment.
I pride myself in working with children of all ages and feel passionate that the ethos that forest school offers is so important in supporting children to develop into confident, resilient and curious young adults, who are connected to the environment and nature surrounding them.
Certificate in Autism
OCN Level 2 Forest School Assistant
I am 53, have two grown up daughters and have always loved spending time outdoors.
For thirteen years I worked as a Teaching Assistant in an Infant School in Kent, teaching French alongside my supporting role in the classroom. In 2016 the school set up a Forest School and I jumped at the chance to train to be a Forest School Assistant. Through the course of my training, I became a complete convert to the ethos that is central to Forest School, encouraging children to gain confidence and independence, acquire new skills and play whilst forging a lifelong relationship with and love of the natural world. Since moving to Cambridgeshire, I have been keen to stay with the Forest School movement and am delighted to be involved with Fireflies.
BA Hons French
NVQ Level 2 Teaching Assistant
OCN Level 2 Forest School Assistant