Forest Fun Club is run by Kathryn Spencer, Lucy Miller, Mary Fisher Sullivan, Feesa Deedat, Matilda Spencer, Sara Webb, Rachel Sparks and Nikki Hasling.
We all work in local schools & all hold enhanced DBS checks & attend regular safeguard & First Aid training.
Between us we have the following certification:
- Forest School Leader, level 3
- Paediatric and adult first aid
- Allergy and Epipen training
- Prevent duty training
- Health and safety training
- Positive handling training
- Teaching Assistant
- Higher level Teaching Assistant
- individual support Assistant
- Enhanced Makaton sign language
- Food and Hygiene
and we are all passionate about getting children outside to learn.
I 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.
I 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.
I’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.
Mary Fisher Sullivan
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.