‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire’


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Hello and welcome to (and from) Forest School Jess

Names are funny aren’t they, the ones we’re given and the ones we give ourselves. We know when they fit, when they match the image or definition we have of ourselves. Sometimes I think we grow into our names.

Often they are just a way of differentiating between two things of the same name, an extra adjective to support a floundering noun.

I have been ‘Pink Haired Jess’, ‘Jess G’, ‘Grown up Jess’, etc etc but the one I felt most affinity with was ‘Forest School Jess’ – like Goldilocks, that one felt ‘Just Right’. So when someone said ‘You know, she’s forest school Jess’ I decided yes, I am, so here we are.

I am a Level 3 Forest School and Early Years Practitioner at Stramash social enterprise in Elgin. Our fully outdoor nursery for 2-5 year olds operates 50 weeks a year with holiday club & after school club for 5-13 year olds.

Prior to my move to the Highlands I was predominantly working with Early Years and families; delivering Forest School, Wild Play & Family sessions with The World Outside, from the incredible site at Bodenham Arboretum in Worcestershire.

I am a fierce advocate for Children’s right to play and the importance of Play.



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I love connecting with people and building my Forest School Tribe.

Whether you are a parent interested in Forest School for your child, a practitioner or business looking to skill (tea) share, a current/future trainee or student interested in child led learning and the Forest School ethos to or non of the above, you are welcome to get in touch!

The kettle is always on…