"Wisdom begins with wonder" – Socrates
Mrs Angela Clift
Proprietor of The Little School on the Green. Mrs Clift started her training by studying childcare and working in small Nursery Schools in the local area. Mrs Clift went on to gain a BA (Hons) Degree in Social Work and a Post Graduate Certificate in Childcare at Brunel University. After working 8 years in Children & Family Services, Mrs Clift started her own family and followed her dream of opening her own Nursery School.
Mrs Suzanne Walsh
Mrs Suzanne Walsh is our Nursery Manager, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)and SENco. She holds a BA (Hons) in Early Years Education and Childcare and a Forest School Leader qualification. Mrs Walsh has over 20 years of experience in early years education having spent 12 years in a local primary school as a teaching assistant with reception children and years 1/2. Suzanne joined the Little Oaks team over 6 years ago starting as our Seekers Lead then she continued to Lead the Rangers team before taking on the responsibility of Little Oaks Manager, Suzanne now ensures the daily smooth running of the school. Suzanne has a particular interest in Speech and Language development in young children and supports children with Special Educational Needs.
MS HANNAH KEARSEY
Ms Hannah Kearsey is our Deputy Manager/SENco and lead for our Little Explorers group. Hannah has a Foundation Degree in Supporting Education and has many years of experience in childcare. Hannah is a qualified level 3 Forest School leader. Hannah has a passion for outdoor learning and loves exploring Nonsuch Park with her Little Explorers group. Hannah regularly organises events and activities that include parents, grandparents and relatives from walk in the woods week to breakfast meet and greet mornings and Father’s Day events such as pizza making and den building days.
MR SAM STONE
Mr Sam Stone is a qualified level 3 practitioner and leader for Forest School. Sam joined us in March 2016 and brought his forest school knowledge along with practice to Little Oaks. Sam has an interest in supporting children’s use a of tools during our Forest School activities such as bow sawing and whittling. Mr Stone is currently supporting our Little Explorers group however, Sam shares his Forest School knowledge and skills throughout Little Oaks nursery with all the children.
Mrs Adelina Metuku
Mrs Adelina Metuku is a qualified level 3 practitioner who has over 10 years of early years of experience. Adelina supports Sarah in running the Rangers group. Adelina has a real passion for being outside in the natural environment and continuously shares her knowledge of the natural world with the Rangers children. Adelina can often be found ankle deep in mud, splashing around in puddles, climbing trees, exploring for bugs, building dens and sharing stories.
Ms Lauren Barrett - Currently on Maternity
Ms Lauren Barrett is a qualified level 3 practitioner who is currently supporting the Little Seekers children. Lauren has worked in Early Years for over ten years, she has a real passion for outdoor learning and exploration. Lauren's especially enjoys messy play activities and contributes to our annual Messy Play Week where the Little Oaks nursery garden is transformed. Lauren enjoys getting messy and muddy with the children she will always return from her Forest School adventures with a muddy face.
Ms Grace Witts
Ms Grace Witts is a qualified level 2 practitioner who assists with leading our Little Explorers group. Grace has a passion for outdoor learning and is a qualified level 3 Forest School Leader. Grace has been caring for children for over four years and she is extremely sporty. Grace has taken on the role as our annual Sports Day Director, this event is celebrated within Nonsuch park, which is always a great success.
MS DENISE STAGG - Currently on Maternity
Ms Denise Stagg is a qualified level 3 practitioner who is currently leading our Little Seekers group. Denise has many years of Early Years of experience working with a variety of different age groups as well as spending time managing a local children's day nursery. Denise is passionate about outdoor learning and enjoys helping very young children explore and develop their love of nature.
Mrs Lavinia Burch
Mrs Lavinia Burch is our nursery volunteer practitioner who assists with all of our children's learning groups at Little Oaks Forest School. Lavinia enjoys our Forest School sessions and can often be seen going on a bear hunt or looking for the Gruffalo! Lavinia has such a wonderful caring approach with all the children at Little Oaks and is always busy supporting their imagination and creativeness in the woods.
Mrs Jackie Jones
Mrs Jackie Jones is our nursery administrator she is our first point of contact with our admission process and funding. Jackie has many years of administration experiences and she is on hand to take any enquiries about your child starting Little Oaks Forest School.
Mrs Jane Clift
Mrs Jane Clift is our nursery assistant/housekeeper, Jane has a very soft kind and caring nature and can often be seen comforting the younger children at sleep times. Jane is currently undertaking her Early Years studies. Jane supports all children throughout Little Oaks nursery within their daily sessions.
Miss Chloe Del Rio
Chloe is now into her second year at Little Oaks as our apprentice, Chloe is currently supporting the Little Seekers children. Chloe is now embracing all aspects of our Forest School ethos. Chloe is very popular with all the children; she is very creative with all aspects of Forest School and will often be found exploring minibeasts and puddles.
Ms Natasha Hollely
Ms Natasha is our Nursery Practitioner for our Rangers group. Natasha has a BA (Hons) in Education and has experience within a local primary school and as a nanny. Natasha is currently studying for a master’s degree in special educational needs. Natasha has a passion for outdoor learning and loves exploring the wonders that Nonsuch Park provides.
Miss Chloe Jackson
Chloe is currently supporting our Little Seekers children. Chloe is a level 3 qualified childcare practitioner. Chloe previously worked at a busy nursery in Epsom for 4 years where Chloe gained her level 3 qualification. Chloe is passionate about outdoor learning along with all aspects of Forest School. Chloe is keen to bring natural resources to inspire endless invitations of learning to our younger children within our Forest School ethos.
Elisabeth is currently supporting our Little Seekers children. Elisabeth has worked as an Early Years Practitioner and supported a variety of different ages since 2009 within Kingston, Richmond and Twickenham. She holds a BA (Hons) in Early Years Teaching and Learning. Elisabeth has a passion for exploring our natural world which is the perfect complement for our Forest School. Elisabeth is ready to undertake the role to extend our nursery gardening area with the children.
Abbey is currently supporting our Rangers children as a qualified teacher. Abbey has worked in many countries, including the US, Russia, and Pakistan. She has a master's degree in curriculum and instruction. Abbey loves crafts, being outdoors, and helping children develop their critical thinking skills, all of which she's excited about doing at Forest School.