My name is Jenny and I am a Level 3 Forest School Leader and Approved Practitioner with The Therapeutic Forest.
I have been working with children since 2012 as an Ofsted registered Childminder and now work at the local Primary School with a strong emphasis on the outdoors and learning through play. I lead Forest School, Messy Maths, Stories Alive and outdoor learning sessions and have a strong interest in supporting language and communication development through play.
Through my own children I had a link with the local nursery who are advocates of outdoor learning and their involvement with the BRIC project.org made me re-assess the space I was using at the time to try and use a public open space to help children build a connection with the land directly on their doorstep. One where they could attend sessions with me and then come back at the weekend with their families. I found a site owned by the charity Sustrans and gained permission to use the area and then received the funding for my Level 3 training. It was suggested that I encourage others to come along as my own group size was very small and it all snowballed from there. Being a Nature Noodle had just started! Soon a further group called the Friday Foxes was put in place along with other ad hoc sessions and outdoor events. During this time I also began volunteering at the local primary school holding Outdoor Classroom events and forest school sessions. I resigned from childminding and began working at the school as a SEN teaching assistant September 2019 and now Nature Noodles has taken a new collaborative direction supporting other practitioners and helping to facilitate their sessions but also coming together to run as hoc sessions which will be advertised both here and on the Nature Noodles Facebook group page.