Hello - I'm Niki and 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, children with complex needs and play development. I have also worked with communities on their play spaces and I guest lecture at a couple of colleges in the South West.
I live in North Cornwall although I grew up on the North Norfolk Coast. I love the sea and am passionate about beach cleaning. I am Surfers Against Sewage Rep' for our village - and I don't even surf! - I try to re-cycle or be creative with what I pick up. I organise monthly community beach cleans.
I run workshops on a variety of things from outdoor play and teaching on the beach to craft sessions. I also mentor Forest School students for Nature Workshops and run Forest School courses with Woodland Adventurers. I am available for continuing professional development (CPD) sessions for staff teams in schools or nurseries. I have recently run day workshops for The Countryside Management Association and the Education Acheivement Service of South Wales.
I love to work outside with families exploring what is on their doorstep and run a term time outdoor play session on Friday mornings near Redruth; All Weather Tots and The Small Wood Play Sessions in Porthtowan on Wednesdays.
If you're an educator have a look at Inspirational Outdoors, an outdoor play and learning confernce this June. We have some great speakers and workshop leaders https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inspirational-outdoors-outdoor-play-learning-tickets-29544150349?aff=es2
I hope to meet you soon - if you have any questions there are Instagram and Facebook links below, get in touch
Keep it natural :)
''This is our favourite place to be, thank you'' - All Weather Tots parent - May 2016, 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