Meet The Owners

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Qualifications;

BA in Early Years

EYTS- Early Years Teacher Status

Forest School Leader Level 3 trained​

Diploma in Trauma Informed Practice

Pediatric First Aid Forest School

Five to Thrive trained

Rachel Landen - 
Designated safeguarding Lead

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Qualifications;

BA Hons Media Studies

PGCE-Early Years Qualified Teacher

Forest School Leader Level 3 trained​

Elklan level 3- communication counts

Paediatric First Aid Forest School

Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Nicky Lewis-   INCCO

"We  have both worked in the early years sector for over 20  years and  are passionate about   giving children the best possible start in life and nothing   is better than   being at one with   nature"

Nicky Lewis

Staff members- 

Olivia Coveney-Jones; apprentice at Weston College studying Level 3 Early Years Educator

Keira Landen -Working towards Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification.

Greg Landen - Working towards Level 2 Early Years Educator qualification.

All staff members & owners hold a current Paediatric First Aid certificate and Safeguarding training.

Our Vision At Keepers Gate Forest School
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Our vision Is to offer the children in Weston-super-Mare and surrounding areas the amazing opportunity to attend a Forest School.  We all know the positive impact of being outdoors. It reduces anxiety, provides a sense of freedom, develops a sense of belonging and reduces stress.

 

For children, when they are completely immersed in the outdoor environment, their learning and development is so much greater than when indoors. Nature and its multi-sensory qualities support regulation in children, it enables them to calm themselves, refocus and think clearly. It has such a positive impact on brain development. Children tune in to their environment, because they instinctively know that nature can help them mentally, spiritually and physically.

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We want to inspire the children to ‘want to’ care for their natural environment. It is their world. As David Attenborough says, ‘The world belongs to young people, so we need to educate the next generation so that they can make a difference.' The Forest School will enable children to learn how special and important the ecosystem is. We will protect the wildlife, observe the bats, badgers and other mammals on the site. We will encourage flora growth for these animals and mammals to flourish. The environmental impact will be a positive one. The learning will never be forgotten by these children.

The Forest School will have a positive lifelong impact on everyone that attends.

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