Our Nursery is set within beautiful private grounds on the edge of Wylam, Northumberland.
Our days follow the flow of the children alongside the stimulus of the ever changing environment. We allow the children freedom to explore, play and be themselves, whilst being at one with nature.
We have a permanent camp on the site, with many areas including a fire circle, mud kitchen and yurt where we support children in their play/learning and enable them to be as creative as their imaginations allow.
Our mission is to ignite the fire for learning in children by following their unique interests while surrounded by the clarity of a natural environment. In our Forest School we give the children freedom to explore, play and be themselves, whilst being immersed in nature.
Our team of experienced staff follow an ethos of child led learning, as we believe by harnessing children's natural instincts is key to engaging them in further learning. We observe the children carefully, then provide natural resources, tools, equipment, structures, books and model play in order to take them into the next step of their learning. This is no ordinary child care!
Working in education many of our staff recognise the importance of valuing each child as an individual and supporting their relationship with the world around them. We therefore decided to set up an outdoor Nursery/Forest School where the ethos was all about being outdoors, enjoying nature, learning through play and being able to respond to the child's needs in a holistic way. We believe providing this type of early child care is key for providing the best preschool and kindergarten foundations for children.
I attained Qualified Teacher Status as part of my specialist Early Years Primary Education degree from Leeds University in 2004. Subsequently, I have continued to challenge myself academically by completing a number of additional qualifications, including a Masters in Education from Newcastle University and the National Professional Qualification for Headship.
I am a firm believer in fully inclusive environments and as such I attained the National Qualification for the Co-ordination of Special Educational Needs from Northumbria University in 2017.
After 17 years of teaching, with experience of leading Primary Schools and Early Years Provisions in Newcastle, Gateshead and Northumberland, I am now focussed on the development of a private childcare establishment with an emphasis on outdoor experiences. I have completed my Forest School Leader qualification and I am in the unique position to combine my vast experience of Early Years education with my knowledge and passion for being outside.
My career has covered working in primary education as a class teacher as well as in the environmental sector. I gained Qualified Teacher Status from the University of Newcastle in 2006 and I have a Masters degree from the University of Manchester in Environmental Control. I have a real passion for the natural environment and I have subsequently been involved in a number of environmental projects working within local schools over the last few years.
I believe that there could not be a better time for children to be involved in outdoor education, and I am very excited to be a part of it here at Explorers. Such outdoor experiences will not only provide children with the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to start their school careers but will also give them a lifelong grounding in the natural world around them.
Hi I’m Emma Dafter.
I joined Explorers over the Summer as I saw just how amazing the setting was. I’d never seen anything quite like it. I have 8 years experience working in Early Years in a Primary School local to myself. I’m currently studying towards a Level 3 in Early Years.
I’ve specialised in a programme called “Routes of Empathy” where I helped nurture older children and broaden their understanding of child development and the importance of love and caring to babies and small children.
I also have lots of experience looking after children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This is something I always find incredibly rewarding.
I have 4 children of my own ranging from 3-17 years, my eldest is also studying childcare.
I’m so excited to be part of the Explorers team and look forward to meeting you all soon!
With a wide range of teaching experience and a specialist interest in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, I have worked in Primary Education for more than 10 years. I am passionate about creating inclusive environments and enabling all children to reach their full potential. I have seen first hand the difference being outside can make to the way children feel about themselves and feel strongly that outdoor learning boosts well being and self-confidence.
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