Meet the team

Hannah has spent the last 12 years working in education. She is a trained Primary School Teacher, CELTA Teacher, Children’s Yoga Instructor, Childminder and Forest School Leader. She spent three years running her own Forest School Kindergarten business for children aged 1-5 years and she also Deputy Managed a Steiner Nursery in Bristol, where she played a pivotal role in leading outdoor play in early years education. Since then, Hannah has devoted a year to ‘The Call of the Wild’, a course training in outdoor leadership and nature connection. Hannah has always had a profound love for nature, and can often be found walking her dog in the forest, gazing at the birds or wild swimming in the river! She deeply is passionate about blending her skills in education, nature connection and conservation of the environment.

Lucy started her career as a Primary School Teacher where she taught for six years and worked as the Forest School Coordinator after gaining her Level 3 qualification in 2014.
Her passion for Forest School, outdoor learning and working with children in the Early Years in particular has lead her to her current roles as an Outdoor Early Years Educator at an outdoor childcare setting in Bristol as well as working as a Forest School Leader across two sites, one of which being Kingfishers’. You will often find Lucy accompanied by her daughter at Forest School, which has further strengthened her belief that forging a strong connection with nature from an early age is so vitally important, not just for benefitting children’s development, confidence and wellbeing, but for laying the foundations for a lifelong respect for the planet we inhabit.

Lucy is responsible for planning and leading sessions for Woodland Explorers at Kingfishers’ Forest School as well as running the Instagram page which can be found here: https://www.instagram.com/kingfishersforestschool/

Melissa has worked in Forest School for over four years and she is currently undertaking a year’s training as an Early Years Educator. Alongside this, she also works in a Childminding Nursery in Bristol for 1-4 year-olds, supporting outdoor learning provision in the local woodlands. She recently completed a 200 hour yoga training course in the Indian Himalayas and she now delivers regular yoga sessions to the children at her nursery. Before this, Melissa worked at a conservation charity, where she helped to facilitate Forest School sessions focusing on wildlife and conservation. She is passionate about supporting children to learn and to thrive through fun, play-based activities in nature. In her spare time Melissa enjoys cooking, swing dancing, playing guitar, and loves being outdoors…whatever the weather!

Kate is a level three qualified Forest School Leader and has been working in outdoor education for six years. She is a creative art maker, songstress and story- teller and always aims to bring a lot of fun to the Forest. As well as leading and assisting with our regular pre-school sessions, Kate also has experience of working with other age groups and regularly conducts courses and workshops. She loves to spend time observing wildlife, photographing and sketching what she discovers and contributing towards local wildlife projects.

Rahima is a qualified and experienced level three Forest School Practitioner. She has built a career integrating Forest School pedagogies into state primary education systems to support children’s emotional development alongside their learning. She is also a Primary Teaching Assistant who regularly covers classroom teaching. She launched Woodland Adventure holiday club in 2015 and has directed it through its many successes. She recently launched Heartwood Projects in order to focus her practice on ensuring Forest School and nature connection opportunities are available to families who may not normally access such provision. When she’s not in the woods, Rahima can be found digging in the vegetable garden, volunteering at her local urban farm and going on long walks with her dog.

Milly is a level 3 qualified forest school leader currently working with preschool aged children at various forest school settings, as well as working in a local primary school as an outdoor learning teacher. She has an environmental background, where she moved from spending her time in an office as an environmental consultant to the forest – a place she much prefers. She spent over 2 years living and working in Latin America and Spain, teaching in schools, volunteering, farming, and “learning Spanish”. Something she didn’t practice enough! Over the past few years she has worked as a forest school leader with pre-school children, in schools, at holiday clubs and parties. She has also been a private nanny to various families around Bristol. She loves working with children especially in an outdoor setting.  She has a strong passion for the natural world and in getting others to reconnect with it. She loves being outdoors as much as possible hiking, foraging, cycling and wild swimming.