Emma McGuinness Teaching Assistant & Green Sprout facilitator I have worked with young children for many years, as an Early Years Educator, a Forest School Leader and Special Educational Needs Coordinator. My passion is to facilitate purposeful and joyful play in nature for all children, and to help create strong bonds of friendship and belonging. I strive to ensure children feel safe and loved within their early years setting so their learning and well-being blooms. I have a degree in English Literature as well as a Level 3 Early Years Educator Diploma and a Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification, and run the woodland club at Laurel Farm once a week. I am currently embarking on a Level 4 and 5 Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies. I am a mother to three fully grown and nearly fully grown boys, one of whom came to Laurel Farm a long time ago!
Sue Ratcliffe Teaching Assistant
I have worked with children of various ages in a range of settings for over 25 years as an artist, playworker and Early years Professional , specialising in helping /supporting the young in their formative years to discover their inner, natural sense of wonder , imagination and connectiveness to life .
I grew up in the countryside , learning and discovering ,through a love of being in a natural environment and all it has to offer and now delight in helping children to grow emotionally ,discover their inner confidence to explore and express their unique ,individual talents and interests through being close to the natural world .
It is an exciting honour to be back working at this lovely setting and I hope I can bring much to the children and their families who pass through here.
Fig, Kindergarten Dog I am Fig. I have been a kindergarten dog since I was 9 weeks old. I enjoy making friends with children and being the companion who always wants to play if it involves retrieving a small ball or stick. I have learnt about role play and can patiently join in a game of families with a dog and I will quietly sit where ever I am tied and give children a sense of ownership and fun.I like to have a rest and sometimes I am told stories by the children as I rest.
Jessie Kazak, Operations Manager As a former parent and now trustee, I am a passionate advocate for protecting children’s right to an unhurried, natural childhood free from pressure and trauma. Laurel Farm is a unicorn in these times and I am privileged to bring my experience in operations and management to support the kindergarten run as smoothly as possible.
Board of TrusteesLaurel Farm Steiner Kindergarten operates as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with a board of trustees. Trustees on the board are volunteers who oversee the operation of the kindergarten and seek to employ the best staff to provide Ofsted excellent teaching. If you wish to contact the Trustees please do so by sending an email to: email@example.com
The Current Trustees
- Maysa Marques
- Claire Peeters
- Tania Orgill
- Jessie Kazak
- Elodie Rummage
- Sara Turrill