Hello - I'm Niki and I love to be outside and preferably playing!
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 have organised the last two Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) Beach Cleans in Porthtowan and I am SAS Rep' for our village - and I don't even surf! - I try to re-cycle or be creative with what I pick up.
My key skills are making something out of nothing and playing with mud.
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