Our Team

The FRUK team of experienced, dedicated and nurturing practitioners support the children to learn important life skills, nurture confidence, independence and resilience, and foster sensitivity to others and the environment. 

Our team includes Early Years Teachers, SEN specialists, Outdoor Learning, Forest School practitioners, Permaculture, Horticulture, Arboriculture, Yoga, Mindfulness and Montessori are just some of the skills they collectively bring to FRUK that are helping us to shape and create our Forest School for East London’s urban kids. 

Our practitioners have

  • Certificate and Diploma in Child Care and Education (NVQ) Level 2 or 3 as a minimum.
  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • Peadiatric First Aid Training
  • Excellent references
  • Forest School qualifications and/or vast outdoor teaching experience
  • Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS – formerly CRB) checks
  • Safer Recruitment Training
  • Safeguarding Training
  • SENCO Training
  • Makaton

FRUK complies with all UK requirements in respect of qualifications and staffing ratios as set out by Ofsted. However we improve certain Government requirements and have a policy of a staffing ratio of one adult to 5 children between the ages of 3 and 7 years old. Where children are using any tools, there is a strict 1:1 ratio.

Forest Kindergarten Acting Manager and Lead Practitioner:
Ana is a qualified Early Years Teacher with extensive experience in both Montessori and Reggio settings. Ana also holds an MA in Art & Design in Education. With her skills and cultural background (Spanish) she is helping to bring a new vision to the children’s development though a complementary approach to the FRUK curriculum incorporating Art  & Spanish language.

Claire is a qualified early years practitioner and also holds an MA in Fine Art. She has a special interest in play as a means of communication and enjoys supporting children to explore their individuality through art, movement and language. Claire also works at local children’s charity Hackney Playbus where she pursues her interest in community development and advocates for a child’s right to play.

Baba is a qualified Forest School Leader and Arborist with a passion for outdoor learning and the environment. He has experience working with a wide variety of learners from nurseries, schools, charities and colleges.  He loves woodlands, working with young people and watching his son explore natural spaces. Baba is also a qualified NVQ level 3 Early Years Educator.

Jess is a qualified Forest School Leader and has been developing city Forest Schools for 3 years. Alongside bushcraft, food-growing and foraging skills, Jess is training as a children’s counsellor. Jess has a strong connection to nature and is passionate about the way in which Forest Schools can benefit future generations and help us care for our planet.

Rhiannon has worked with young people from birth – 20 years, primarily as a carer, in many different contexts. She currently also works with adults who have learning disabilities and mental health problems on an Ecotherapy programme. She has trained in Permaculture and is currently completing her Forest School Level 3 Leadership training. She is passionate about how connection to nature can be mutually beneficial for people and our Earth.

Silvia is a native Italian speaker & qualified Early Years Practitioner & Forest School Leader. She has experience working with children of different ages, social and cultural backgrounds. With children who have English as a second language and Special Education Needs children too. She strongly believex in the benefit that every child can achieve by exploring and enjoying the natural environment and the potential of outdoor learning for children’s development

CAREERS

We are always looking for amazing staff with relevant qualifications and experience to join our team who wish to work in a unique setting and love being outdoors.

To find out more send an email with your completed staff application form to info@freerangeurbankids.com with the subject Careers if you’d be interested in joining our team. 

Please note we do not accept CVs