Our FRUK Team & Careers at FRUK

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

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

Our practitioners have collectively:

  • 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.

Co-Founders Elizabeth Hassay and Hayley Mitchell are Manager and Deputy Manager respectively. We are both qualified NVQ Level 3 Early Years Educators and have both begun our training to become qualified Level 3 Forest School practitioners. 

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.

Silvia is a native Italian speaker & qualified Early Years Practitioner & Level 3 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 believes 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

Janine has been working in early years for more than 20 years both in Namibia and Britain. She has worked with children with Special Education Needs. Janine is a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader, a Montessori Directress for 3 to 9 years and has a Psychology degree. She also volunteers as an Assistant Cub Scout Leader. She enjoys the outdoors, going camping as often as possible. She was involved with conservation in Namibia, helping with bird counts and tagging for research, as well as beach cleanups. She believes the outdoors is the best place for early years as physical development at this age is crucial for mental, emotional and social development. The hand switches on the brain.

Sam has been working with children for the past five years. He started teaching English as a foreign language in South Korea and then went on to work in primary schools in the UK, primarily supporting children with special educational needs. Following this he became qualified as a Forest School Leader and has been leading Forest School sessions for preschoolers ever since. In his spare time Sam is an avid birdwatcher and wildlife photographer. He volunteers with the British Trust for Ornithology, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and the London Natural History Society.


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.

We spend from 9:15am to 3:15pm outdoors, year round, no matter the weather. We employ people with a love of the outdoors and a passion for the importance of kids playing and learning outside.

We welcome applications from practitioners qualified to NVQ Level 3 or above in Early Years childcare  and / or NVQ Level 3 in Forest School but also accept applications from non-qualified candidates who share our desire to reconnect children with nature who are working towards one of these qualifications.

To show our appreciation for your dedication we pay way above industry average. We offer an incomparably beautiful setting for your days. We guarantee you’ll be working with incredibly friendly, supportive and like-minded colleagues and management.

To find out more send an email with your CV and covering letter to  info@freerangeurbankids.com with the subject Careers if you’d be interested in joining our team.