Our Team. 

We are a small friendly team who are committed to helping children reach their full potential. All members of staff have clean enhanced DBS checks, hold Paediatric First Aid certificates and have completed Safeguarding training.  All volunteers also hold clean enhanced DBS certificates.

Kara Godwin

Kindergarten Manager 

Kara is a qualified Early Years Teacher with 15 years’ experience of working in early years settings. She also holds an NVQ Level 3 Childcare and Early Years qualification, Forest School Leadership Level 3, and has undertaken Makaton training and is currently undertaking a Masters in Early Years Education at Bath Spa University. 

Lisa Phillips 

Deputy Kindergarten Manager & SENCO

Our Deputy Manager is Lisa Phillips. Lisa first started working in Early Years 20 years ago and brings a wealth of experience to the role. Lisa holds a Level 3 Early Years Qualification and her previous roles include Early Years Team Leader and Family Support Manager. 

Nick Goldsmith

Childcare Assistant & Camp Maintenance


A Royal Marine Commando for 11 years, Nick has a wealth of experience in outdoor survival and all things woodland.  Prior to this, he was a children’s activity leader. Nick is a Level 4 NCFE certified Bushcraft Instructor and qualified ethnobotanist. 

Louise Goldsmith

Safeguarding Lead & Office Manager


Louise is a Specialist Child Protection Officer within the local Police force. With a wealth of experience in the world of safeguarding, Louise also holds a Level 3 Forest School Qualification and a Level 3 Early Years Qualification.

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