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Niki Willows


Hello - I'm Niki, I love to be outside and preferably playing! My key skills are making something out of nothing and playing with mud.

My background is Forest Schools, early years, children with complex needs and play development. 

I currently run a variety of family stay and play sessions in and around Porthtowan, Cornwall, as well as Firestarters After School Club. Last year I also created the Inspirational Outdoors Conference with Martin Besford from Highway Farm Activity Centre, Cornwall's outdoor play & learning conference. This is aimed at teachers, afterschool and holiday club staff, Early Years and Forest School professionals and anyone who is interested.  This is a two day conference on June 11th & 12th - head over to Inspirational Outdoors on facebook to find out more, or just ask me.

I have a licence from Cornwall Council to run Beach Teach and Play sessions on Porthtowan beach. Schools and nurseries can come to the beach for an afternoon, morning, or whole day of outdoor learning. I also run play sessions in The Small Wood at Porthtowan Eco-park and Highway Farm Activity Centre. I'm Surfers Against Sewage Regional Representative for Porthtowan and organise beach cleans most months.

I hope to meet you soon - if you have any questions there are Instagram and Facebook links below, get in touch

Keep it natural :)


 ''That was spectacular, every child today was engaged at the highest level, and no one had to be pursuaded to join in. I have taken away some brilliant ideas to incorporate into my teaching.'' - Kate Evans, Primary Teacher. Our Beach; Teach, July 2017

''This is our favourite place to be, thank you'' - All Weather Tots parent - May 2017, Cornwall

''That was the best training ever, can you just stay please?!''  Staff CPD session focussing on play and risk - Feb 2016, Drove Primary School, Swindon 

 ''Fab day, lots of ideas to take back to school'' Taking the Curriculum Outside - July 2015, Bath & North East Somerset Council

'I've been on a lot of training over the last 20 years, but this time I feel I've learnt something''  Thinking Outside the Box - July 2015, Education Achievement Service for South East Wales


 ''The best training day ever!'' Making the Most of Your Outdoor Space - June 2015, Wiltshire Council





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