Fireflies Forest school is a new forest School which will be based at Hinchingbrooke Country Park. We feel passionate that children should be immersed in the outdoors and connect with nature as much as possible. Additional to forest school training we both have a wealth of experience working with children and young adults with Autism, various mental health conditions and challenging behaviour. We would love to offer sessions for children with additional or complex needs in the near future.
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
Advanced Certificate in Understanding Autism
QTS Primary Education
OCN Level 3 Forest School Leader
Paedriatric 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