Meet the Team

ERICA

COMPANY DIRECTOR

NURSERY MANAGER 

FOREST SCHOOL LEADER

KIM

COMPANY DIRECTOR

FOREST SCHOOL LEADER 

We were both working at a local primary school, Erica as a Teacher and Kim as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant.  We both trained and qualified as Forest School Leaders (Erica 2010, Kim 2013), and we ran the school’s Forest School programme alongside our teaching commitments. In 2014 Chiltern Forest School Ltd was born.  Our aim was to offer the Forest School experience to a wider range of children and this later led to the opening of The Shepherd’s Hut Outdoor Day Nursery.

Our experiences have shown us the huge benefits of learning in an outdoor, natural environment generally and of the Forest School ethos specifically.  Recently there have been numerous studies which indicate that time spent in a woodland or other outdoor environment has an extremely important and positive effect on mental well-being.

CALLIE

ADMIN MANAGER

Callie has many years of experience in management and admin roles. She enjoys being behind to scenes, now ensuring that all aspects of The Shepherd’s Hut are running smoothly and everything is present and correct! Callie is in the office most mornings to answer your queries.

 

Callie is a strong believer in child-led learning and how children really benefit from spending time in the great outdoors. She has two children both of whom attend Forest School sessions in their primary school. 

 

Together with her family Callie enjoys taking her dog for long walks, going on camping holidays and spending as much time as possible outdoors.

Hannah

Early Years Practitioner

Hannah has a level 3 qualification in childcare and education. Prior to her qualification she had several experiences working with children through baby sitting and being an older sibling. Whilst doing her qualification Hannah completed two different placements over the two years; one being a day nursery and the other being a school. During these placements Hannah was caring and educating children from 3months - 7 years. 

Hannah is very creative and enjoys arts and crafts and also has an interest in photography. She spends her free time with family and friends doing a wide variety of things. 

 

 

Emily

Early Years Practitioner

 

Emily holds a level 3 qualification in childcare and education as well as a Bachelors Degree of Science in Psychology. Emily has 6 years’ experience working with children and has previously worked in a number of early years settings. 

 

Emily completed her level 3 apprenticeship in a primary school supporting teaching and learning. During her apprenticeship Emily supported children with a number of different special educational needs.  Here, Emily found a job she loved and went on to study psychology at university to further her knowledge of SEN. 

 

Some of Emily’s hobbies include playing the clarinet and saxophone as well as traveling to

Greece to spend time with her family.

Natalie

Early Years Practitioner

Natalie has worked in childcare for nearly 20 years, ranging from running pre-schools/after school clubs and crèches all over the UK to running kids clubs all over Europe. Her favourite place was being an Elf in Lapland!

 

Natalie has a Foundation Degree in Early Years as well as qualifications in Performing Arts and British Sign Language.

 

Since having her two sons, Natalie has spent time working in Children's Centres and Learning Support in schools as well as regularly volunteering for local forest school sessions. Through her son’s, Natalie has learnt the benefits of outdoor learning as well as the value of storytelling wherever you are.

 

Some of Natalie’s hobbies are music, dancing and venturing off with her family in their Campervan come rain or shine!