Meet the Team








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 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.


Early Years Educator

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. 


Early Years Educator

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!


Early Years Educator

Sophie has a Level 3 qualification in childcare and 6 years experience working with children. Prior to Shepherds Hut, Sophie worked at Riding for Disabled and taught children and young adults (in group and individual lessons) with a wide range of disabilities on horses.


Sophie's love for horses started at a young age and she also has a number of animals at home. Her dad was a Vet so animals and nature have always been a strong passion of hers! 

Sophie shares her love of animals and nature with the children and isn't afraid to get messy outside. She spends most of her free time looking after her horse and riding.


Early Years Educator


Debbie qualified in 2005 as a Level 3 Childcare and Education practitioner and has since worked with children and gained lots of experience working in nurseries; been a Baby Room Leader, been an Ofsted registered Nanny and has done lots of babysitting. Debbie also volunteered with children abroad in Africa at a School and in an Orphanage. She is now very excited to be leading The Shepherd's Hut Baby Barn.


Debbie loves nature and the countryside, walking locally through the woods and on holidays in the Lake District and Wales. Debbie is very creative and  makes and sells her own nature inspired jewellery using real foraged and pressed flowers. Other hobbies she enjoys are baking and kayaking.


Early Years Apprentice


Amber has a level 2 qualification in childcare and education and is currently completing her level 3 Apprenticeship. Amber has four years experience of working with children within different types of nurseries. Amber is very creative and enjoys messy play - you will always find her with arts and crafts!


Amber enjoys spending quality time with her family and walking her dog.


Early Years Apprentice

Ellen has a level 2 qualification in early years and is currently completing her level 3 Apprenticeship in early years. Ellen is also a head coach at her family run gymnastics club, she started gymnastics at the age of three and has taken part in many competitions. Ellen has taught gymnastics since she was thirteen.


Ellen enjoys spending time with her family and doing gymnastics.