Staff

All our staff have current DBS (formally CRB) checks, there will always be staff present with first aid qualifications and a majority of our staff are currently working in Bromley schools as teachers, teaching assistants, individual support staff, are level 3 qualified Forest School Leaders.

Kathryn Spencer

IMG_2981I have been working in Bromley Schools for the last 12 years, starting off as a Teaching Assistant, Individual Support Assistant and a Gardening Club Leader.  

Within my role as a Gardening Club Leader I have also run several successful courses to support other schools, by showing to show them ‘How to Set Up Gardening Clubs’ and ‘How to Keep Chickens in School’. 

For the last 3 years I have been a Forest School Leader at 2 local Infant schools. I work with the children 5 days a week running Forest School Sessions and Gardening Clubs and love it so much I have now set up Forest Fun so I can do it a weekends and in the school holidays too! 

I am in the very enviable position of being able to say: ‘I love my job and I get up each morning looking forward to going to work’.

When I am not at work (which isn’t very often!) I can either be found in my greenhouse or walking my dogs in the woods.

Lucy Miller

Lucy MillerI have been a special needs Teaching Assistant for the past sixteen years with experience in both special needs schools and mainstream schools. I am currently working as a TA for inclusion in a Bromley mainstream school. I am a huge fan of Forest schools and have been working with Kathryn for the past six months. Forest fun is a fantastic club and so much fun. During my spare time I enjoy spending family time with my husband and two children and taking my dog on nice long walks.

Matilda Spencer

MatildaI’m Matilda and I am Kathryn’s daughter. I am just finishing my final year of school and hope to go to University in September. 

I  attended Pickhurst School myself and have even carried out two sessions of work experience at Pickhurst Infant Academy and loved  every minute of working with the young children there.

During my first time at Forest Fun I helped some of the younger children build a den and showed them how to make a rope bridge.

Jane Rand

jane randI have assisted Kathryn at Pickhurst Infants Academy, as a volunteer, for several years and in 2013 I qualified as a Forest School leader myself.
My other interests include a love of gardening and I am currently enjoying a course in horticulture which includes trips to gardens of interest and is adding to my knowledge of plants.
During the Summer I help to organise ‘Open gardens’, to raise money for the NSPCC and will be opening my own garden to visitors this summer.

Annabel Player

 

Annabel PlayerI have been working in childcare for nearly 20 years and my specialism is in Early Years Education. I am currently a Reception teacher at Pickhurst Infant Academy and I really love my job and feel passionately about giving children the best start in life. Previously  to qualifying as a teacher I have been a nursery manager and I have taught in many different inner of London schools. I have also spent a year volunteering for SCOPE were I had the privileged of working with some incredibly inspirational young people with profound disabilities. I am very excited about joining the Forest Fun team where I can help to facilitate children exploring and investigating the environment in fun and exciting ways. 

Madeleine Elmy

I have worked as a Professional Childcare Practitioner for the last 6 years, initially as a Nursery Nurse at a Preschool in Croydon, Surrey.  More recently I have been working in a Bromley Primary School as a Teaching Assistant in Early Years.  I have been supporting Kathryn at Forest School for almost a year now; it is great fun, very enjoyable and rewarding.

When not teaching or having fun at Forest Fun, I enjoy visiting Whitstable and Southwold with my two daughters and husband to do a bit of (un)competitive crabbing (bacon is the best bait!), walking and going to music concerts.

Geraldine Symonds

Geraldine SymondsIn my previous life, before children, I was a Registered Nurse and specialised in paediatrics and community nursing.

Since having three wonderful children and looking after them. I volunteered and worked with all ages and abilities of children through their primary years in various settings.

I was also a founding Pre School Partner of Squirrels Pre School for over 7 years.

I have been working at Pickhurst Infants Academy for over 15 years. I have supported individual children and worked as a Teaching Assistant in all year groups. At present I am working as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant in both Reception and Year 1.

It’s fantastic being involved with Forest Fun since it started and helping children of all ages having fun outdoors in a safe environment.

When not working in a classroom setting or having fun at Forest Fun, I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors whether walking, gardening or skiing. I always love a challenge either by charity fundraising or learning new skills.

Nicola Talbot

I am a fully qualified Teacher of English and Media Studies at secondary school level. I have been Head of the Media department at a Bromley secondary school for four years; however, I have been in teaching for nine.

I have worked as a teacher in different types of schools and thoroughly enjoy working with a wide range of students in helping them achieve their GCSE and A-Level grades.

When I am not working or undertaking the exciting activities at Forest Fun, I enjoy cinema visits, photography and spending time with my family in the garden or on days out.

Sara Webb

 

I have been a qualified Early Years Practitioner for the past 23 years. Originally from Manchester I worked for my local borough council as an Individual Support Assistant for various children with severe learning difficulties then as a Teaching Assistant in a Nursery/Primary School. After moving ‘Down South’ I worked in and then managed a private day nursery before ‘taking a break’ to raise my own three children. During this time I also worked as a childminder and became Chairmum for Bromley Netmums. I currently work as a Reception Teaching Assistant at Pickhurst Infant Academy and have assisted Kathryn at Forest School as both a parent helper and more recently a TA over the last three years.

I love to see children playing outdoors in the natural environment and when not at work I often take my own children to play in the woods and to splash about in the local river.