Our Educators

We take great care in recruiting staff that are a good fit for our setting. We are not, after all, a regular nursery. Wherever staff come from, they have to retrain their skills and their thinking. The end result is a very special and dedicated staff team that work for very little monetary reward.

Every member of our staff team is qualified. 

We have staff ranging from Qualified Teachers, through Foundation Degree and Qualified Early Years Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5. 

We have First Aid Qualified staff and all hold food hygiene certificates. 

We offer an ongoing in-house programme of training, and staff are continually training to upgrade their professional development levels. When staff access training from outside the setting we ensure it is cascaded to other members of our team.

Our in-house training programme includes: Safeguarding children; Supporting children with SEND; Schema training; Communication training; Paperwork and Assessment support; Wellbeing and involvement training; Supporting children with trauma; Mindful teaching course; Positive Behaviour Management structure.

Meet The Team

Management & Admin Team

Ruth is our Director Manager and has overall responsibility for the setting. She has over 30 years experience of teaching and working with children and families in various sectors. She leads the management team and is also responsible for having the “vision” of what we want to offer our families and children Ruth is responsible for: Staff training; Safeguarding lead; Play therapy; Mindful teaching; Forest school; Primary return to forest school. Ruth is often in the Nest providing support, and off-site with all of the children.

Ruth Sharp, Director

Ruth is our Director Manager and has overall responsibility for the setting. She has over 30 years experience of teaching and working with children and families in various sectors. She leads the management team and is also responsible for having the “vision” of what we want to offer our families and children Ruth is responsible for: Staff training; Safeguarding lead; Play therapy; Mindful teaching; Forest school; Primary return to forest school. Ruth is often in the Nest providing support, and off-site with all of the children.
Oliver is the Deputy Manager and a Senior Educator. He is also on our Management Team. Oliver works leads the Owls and offers support to the Robins as needed. Oliver's commitment to the setting is obvious. He is often here in his own time organising or sorting out the animals and doing “stuff”. His knowledge of nature and love of pond life is enthralling for both staff and children. He is an outstanding role model for our children.

Oliver Jermyn, Deputy Manager

Oliver is the Deputy Manager and a Senior Educator. He is also on our Management Team. Oliver works leads the Owls and offers support to the Robins as needed. Oliver’s commitment to the setting is obvious. He is often here in his own time organising or sorting out the animals and doing “stuff”. His knowledge of nature and love of pond life is enthralling for both staff and children. He is an outstanding role model for our children.
Melanie is our financial administrator. and works in our office. She takes care of invoices, PAYE, admin duties and is the person you will often speak to if you phone or email us. Melanie is also a Qualified level 2 Educator and can sometimes be seen in the Nest garden hunting for bugs or just generally providing cover for staff. Her talents are endless.

Melanie Mott, Financial Administrator

Melanie is our financial administrator. and works in our office. She takes care of invoices, PAYE, admin duties and is the person you will often speak to if you phone or email us. Melanie is also a Qualified level 2 Educator and can sometimes be seen in the Nest garden hunting for bugs or just generally providing cover for staff. Her talents are endless.

The Nest

Sophie is a Senior Educator. She has done all of her training here in our setting and is much loved by all of the children. This is Sophie’s first lead position she was previously a support co-ordinator. Sophie wil be responsible for leading her team throughout the Autumn term.

Sophie Handley, Lead and Senior Educator

Sophie is a Senior Educator. She has done all of her training here in our setting and is much loved by all of the children. This is Sophie’s first lead position she was previously a support co-ordinator. Sophie wil be responsible for leading her team throughout the Autumn term.
Michelle is a Qualified level 3 Educator. She will be supporting the Nest and a keyworker in that bubble for Autumn. Michelle has a bubbly outgoing nature and can often be found in the allotment or caring for our pets.

Michelle Dormer, Educator

Michelle is a Qualified level 3 Educator. She will be supporting the Nest and a keyworker in that bubble for Autumn. Michelle has a bubbly outgoing nature and can often be found in the allotment or caring for our pets.
Lizzie is a senior educator. Previously a lead in the Robins, she will work for this term preparing the toddlers for their move up. She will be support coordinator to Sophie. Lizzie lives on a farm and enjoys bringing in all of her animals for us.

Lizzie Turner, Senior Educator

Lizzie is a senior educator. Previously a lead in the Robins, she will work for this term preparing the toddlers for their move up. She will be support coordinator to Sophie. Lizzie lives on a farm and enjoys bringing in all of her animals for us.
Keeley is a Qualified level 3 educator who joined us from a Deputy Lead role in another setting. Keeley will be supporting the Nest and working with the toddlers who are moving on. She has 17 years experience of working with children, but younger children are a new challenge. Keeley will be an asset to the bubble.

Keeley Clifton, Educator

Keeley is a Qualified level 3 educator who joined us from a Deputy Lead role in another setting. Keeley will be supporting the Nest and working with the toddlers who are moving on. She has 17 years experience of working with children, but younger children are a new challenge. Keeley will be an asset to the bubble.
Jenny Sharman is currently working in the Nest and she will stay there for the Autumn. Jenny is a qualified Educator with a Level 5 degree in Early Childhood. Jenny is enjoying her time in the nest, but misses going off site with the older children.

Jenny Sharman, Educator

Jenny Sharman is currently working in the Nest and she will stay there for the Autumn. Jenny is a qualified Educator with a Level 5 degree in Early Childhood. Jenny is enjoying her time in the nest, but misses going off site with the older children.

The Robins

Lucy will lead the Robins team this coming Autumn term. Lucy is a Lead Educator, a qualified teacher and forest school level 3 teacher. Lucy’s son Milo is in the owls bubble. Lucy previously worked to support the The Owls.

Lucy Best, Lead and Senior Educator

Lucy will lead the Robins team this coming Autumn term. Lucy is a Lead Educator, a qualified teacher and forest school level 3 teacher. Lucy’s son Milo is in the owls bubble. Lucy previously worked to support the The Owls.
Sandy Dent will be an educator in the Robins from the Autumn. Sandy has recently returned to us after spending time in a management role in another setting. Sandy has spent time in the nest and now is moving to support the Robins and is looking forward to getting off-site.

Sandy Dent, Educator

Sandy Dent will be an educator in the Robins from the Autumn. Sandy has recently returned to us after spending time in a management role in another setting. Sandy has spent time in the nest and now is moving to support the Robins and is looking forward to getting off-site.
Jenny is supporting Lucy in the Robins. She is a Qualified teacher and a forest school level 3 teacher. Jenny previously supported the Owl team. Made for outdoor teaching and very skilled, Jenny also works in the Primary Return to Forest School. Jenny’s daughter Payton will be in the Owls bubble. We are looking forward to Jenny stepping up to the challenge of the Robins.

Jenny Caroline, Educator

Jenny is supporting Lucy in the Robins. She is a Qualified teacher and a forest school level 3 teacher. Jenny previously supported the Owl team. Made for outdoor teaching and very skilled, Jenny also works in the Primary Return to Forest School. Jenny’s daughter Payton will be in the Owls bubble. We are looking forward to Jenny stepping up to the challenge of the Robins.
Philippa is a Senior Educator in the setting currently. Philppa is sadly due to leave us at some point this term to move to Wales. Until that time you may see her supporting different bubbles with her lead skills and expertise. We wish her the very best of luck and we are treasuring our time with her until the end.

Philippa Evans, Senior Educator

Philippa is a Senior Educator in the setting currently. Philppa is sadly due to leave us at some point this term to move to Wales. Until that time you may see her supporting different bubbles with her lead skills and expertise. We wish her the very best of luck and we are treasuring our time with her until the end.
Sami Murray is supporting the transitioning children from the Nest this coming Autumn. With the knowledge she has of them and her creative skills she will be most welcome in the Robins environment. Sami is looking forward to the challenge.

Sami Murray, Educator

Sami Murray is supporting the transitioning children from the Nest this coming Autumn. With the knowledge she has of them and her creative skills she will be most welcome in the Robins environment. Sami is looking forward to the challenge.

The Owls

Oliver Jermyn, as described above, is our Deputy Manager and a senior educator. He will remain the owl lead and offer support to the Robins if needed. He is an outstanding role model for our children.

Oliver Jermyn, Lead

Oliver Jermyn, as described above, is our Deputy Manager and a senior educator. He will remain the owl lead and offer support to the Robins if needed. He is an outstanding role model for our children.
Nicole has just returned from maternity leave. She is a qualified Level 3 Educator and qualified Level 3 Forest School Teacher. Nicole is currently getting back into work and her daughter Matilda attends our setting too.

Nicole Louise Caunt, Educator

Nicole has just returned from maternity leave. She is a qualified Level 3 Educator and qualified Level 3 Forest School Teacher. Nicole is currently getting back into work and her daughter Matilda attends our setting too.
Clare will be continuing her role in the owl bubble. She is a Qualified level 3 educator with over 17 years experience. Clare works alongside oliver and our senco to provide 1:1 support for children who may need it.

Clare, Educator and SEND Support

Clare will be continuing her role in the owl bubble. She is a Qualified level 3 educator with over 17 years experience. Clare works alongside oliver and our senco to provide 1:1 support for children who may need it.
Nicky is the newest member of our team. She is a Qualified teacher and level 3 forest school teacher. Nicky loves all that forest school has to offer and we are happy that she has joined us. We hope she is happy to continue her journey with us.

Nicky Miller, Educator

Nicky is the newest member of our team. She is a Qualified teacher and level 3 forest school teacher. Nicky loves all that forest school has to offer and we are happy that she has joined us. We hope she is happy to continue her journey with us.
Lisa has worked in all three bubbles during her career here at forest school. Previously a senior educator, Lisa has just returned from maternity and brings her son Elliott to our nest. She is a Qualified level 5 Early Years Educator.

Lisa Allnutt, Educator

Lisa has worked in all three bubbles during her career here at forest school. Previously a senior educator, Lisa has just returned from maternity and brings her son Elliott to our nest. She is a Qualified level 5 Early Years Educator.
Rosie has worked at other nurseries in the area and is a Qualified Level 3 Practitioner. She has office experience, but Rosie has always preferred working with children. Her son Stanley has just left us for school and her son Rufus attends our Nest provision.

Rosie Smith, Educator

Rosie has worked at other nurseries in the area and is a Qualified Level 3 Practitioner. She has office experience, but Rosie has always preferred working with children. Her son Stanley has just left us for school and her son Rufus attends our Nest provision.