our team

where nurture meets nature

We are a diverse team of experienced teachers and childcare professionals who are passionate about outdoors education.


We found there wasn't a Pre-school setting in Bristol that allowed our toddlers and children the opportunity to be outdoors in nature, taking risks, exploring and discovering wonder for themselves. We saw first hand in our teaching careers the power that a forest school approach could have on children's well being.  We wanted to be able to offer this opportunity to all those growing up in urban Bristol, who may otherwise find it difficult to access nature on a regular basis. 


"The staff are truly exceptional and make such an effort to engage with each child and really get to know them and develop their sense of self-worth"

Preschool Parent

management team


Lizzie Staite

Co-Founder and Manager

Lizzie lives in Bristol with her husband and two young children.  She is an infant school teacher and a qualified Forest School Leader. Lizzie taught reception classes for eight years where she was Science coordinator and ran the forest school program. Since having children, Lizzie has been working as a childminder and started Little Foxes Forest School with her mum Julie in 2014. When traveling Lizzie loves exploring wildlife, most notably the orangutans of Borneo and hump back whales in Canada. Lizzie loves baking, walking and exploring new places.


Janie Ankers


Co-Founder and Manager

Janie also lives locally with her husband and two young children.  She too is a qualified primary teacher and a level 3 Forest School Leader. Janie has taught in schools in London, Singapore and Bristol for 10 years as Head of Outdoor Learning and Head of Reading.  Janie is a qualified childminder and has consulted on phonics.  Janie is never happier than when outdoors.  She loves to run, swim and travel and has trekked to Everest Base Camp as well as travelling the length and breadth of India. She loves great food, painting, music and to spend quality time with family and friends.  

Julie Wheeler


Julie lives in Downend with her husband David, she has three children and four grandchildren. Julie worked as a teaching assistant in reception classes before starting Little Foxes Forest School with Lizzie. She loves to travel with her husband and has recently started sailing. Julie loves to spend time outdoors being surrounded by nature. She enjoys music, looking after her garden and days out with her family.

Grace Burman

Manager (Maternity leave)

Grace lives on the outskirts of Bath with her husband Matt and his two children Fin and Noah. After completing a BA is Business and Psychology she went on to study Early Years and Childhood Studies at University of Bath which sparked her love of working creatively with children and her passion for the outdoor education.


Prior to Little Foxes, Grace has worked in a variety of early years settings over the last 6 years, including an outdoor kindergarten so has lots of hands-on experience of working in outdoor learning environments and has also undertaken Forest School Leader training. Grace loves going on adventures with her family and enjoys peaceful dog walks around Bath and beyond. Grace currently works in Mini Foxes with her own key group, as well as Co-Managing the setting.

Amy Ackland

Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Amy lives locally with her husband and two young children. She is a qualified primary school teacher and Forest School leader and has taught in schools in and around Bristol for twelve years. 

Amy enjoys gardening, camping and exploring the local area with her family and their dog - Otis. Amy recently bought a campervan and is busy planning lots of trips.  Amy has been working at Little Foxes since September 2018.  She is a key worker of ladybirds group, as well as Deputy Managing the setting on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Marina Liso

Deputy Manager

Marina currently lives in Horfield, but she is from a small village in the North of Spain. Some of her favourite memories growing up there are playing with her friends at the village’s river, making dens and watching the tadpoles grow. She attended a very small rural school there, inspiring her to become a teacher.


She moved to Bristol in 2015 and today, Marina is a Qualified Early Years Teacher and has a Masters degree in Pedagogy. She is always keen to learn something new and loves nature, going on long walks in the mountains and having picnics. She enjoys cycling to work everyday and has a big environmental conscience, trying to reduce the use of plastic in her life. Marina also loves travelling, cooking, learning about different cultures and spending time with family and friends.

little foxes team

Roy Macias

Lead Practitioner for Little Foxes

Roy is a qualified Early Years Teacher living in Bristol with his wife, daughter and dog. He has ample experience working with children outdoors at summer camps in Mexico, France and the USA. Roy was born and raised in Mexico and volunteered for several years supporting families in underprivileged areas of the country. He qualified as an Early Years Teacher at the University of Gloucestershire whilst working full time at a private nursery.


Roy enjoys traveling to new places and he often unleashes his creativity in different ways, such as: painting, cooking new recipes, or writing his blog about Early Childhood Education. Roy has a dream of writing and illustrating children’s stories.

Stacey Parsons



Stacey is a mum of two young energetic girls and she is apassionate Early years practitioner. Stacey has over 10 years Early Years experience working predominantly within community settings. She holds a BA Honours in Early Childhood Studies. Stacey loves to watch children grow in confidence and courage and takes great pleasure in supporting them on their fascinating little journeys.  


In her spare time Stacey loves  spending time outdoors with her family going on walks through the woods, camping and spending time at the beach. She also adores tasting delicious food and experiencing different cultures.

Tori Strachan-Ward

Tori lives locally with her husband and 3 children.  Tori is a Forest School Level 3 Leader, she has been a qualified childminder, as well as working with rural communities for several years. Before joining Little Foxes, Tori spent time volunteering with the SS Great Britain Trust, the One Tree Per Child Project, and the Avon Wildlife Trust.   


As well as being one of our key workers, Tori runs photography, geocaching and orienteering enrichment activities for the nursery and she's also a dab hand at sewing.

Philippa Statter

Philippa is a qualified primary teacher and has taught in schools in London and Bristol. Since escaping the classroom she has worked in environmental education, connecting early years, primary and secondary aged children with nature. She has specialised in curriculum linked learning in the outdoors, delivering teaching training and developing wildlife friendly school grounds. She's worked with families on gardening and outdoor play projects and previously managed the schools and family programme on Hampstead Heath in London. She is currently studying for the Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification.


Philippa has recently returned to Bristol with her family and loves to explore the local countryside on foot or bike. When not out and about, she can be found in her garden tending fruit and vegetables.

Catherine Sadler

Catherine has lived in Bristol for 21 years with her husband and 3 children. She enjoys being outdoors in nature, walking, cycling and spending time growing vegetables and bee-friendly flowers on her allotment.  She feels it is important for children to have opportunities to connect with nature, to help them develop a love and appreciation of the natural world. Whilst recently studying Early Childhood at UWE, she was naturally drawn to the forest school movement, directing her studies towards this area of education. She finds working with young children highly rewarding and she is very pleased to be part of the Little Foxes team.


Catherine works across both the Little and Mini Foxes teams and helps out with tea club.

Aleks Mihok

Aleks lives in Horfield with her husband and two young children. She moved to the UK from Poland in 2004 and since then she has spent many years supporting Special Needs children as well as children with English as an Additional Language within various Early Years and Primary settings in England and Wales. She holds a BA Honours in English Language and Linguistics and MA in Scandinavian Languages, Literature and Culture.


Aleks believes that nurturing Early Years settings are key to children’s development and that learning respect for one’s environment benefits both the children as well as our vulnerable Planet. Apart from road trips around the UK, gardening, photography, and all things art, Aleks loves seasonal foraging during local nature walks and in the Forest of Dean.

Yasmin Mohamud

Yasmin was born locally and has memories playing and exploring in Stoke Park herself as a child.

She's always known she wanted to work with children and went on to gain a Level 3 in Early Years. When a nursery she worked at started running forest school sessions she really got to see the vast benefits outdoor learning can have for children. This sparked her interest in wanting to experience a forest school herself and she hopes to work towards a Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification.

Yasmin enjoys crafting, cooking with friends, music and has recently taken up rollerskating as a hobby.

Jess Redfern

Jess joined our team recently to cover Lizzie's maternity leave.  Jess has over 7 years experience as a primary school teacher, (most recently at Ashley Down School in their reception class) and over 11 years experience as a Mum of three. 


  She loves family, camping, being by the sea and she's absolutely passionate about play.  She's great at keeping our children engaged and enthralled with her warmth and energy.

mini foxes team

Emily Smith


Lead Practitioner for Mini Foxes

Emily came to work with children through a love for the outdoors and the natural world, with a background in environmental education, and is a Forest School Level 3 leader. She has worked in a variety of settings, including schools, nurseries and for a residential bushcraft camp, but her passion lies with the under-5s. She loves their enthusiasm, joy and wonder, and is passionate about encouraging a lasting relationship between children and nature. 


Emily has previously volunteered protecting sea turtles in Greece and a conservation project in Madagascar. In her spare time, she likes to explore forests, moors and coasts; knit, dance, and bake. 

Hannah Summers

Hannah is a born and bred Bristolian and lives with her partner, two young children and two middle aged cats!

She has worked at little Foxes since 2018, complementing her role as a registered, qualified Childminder, of over four years.

Before the arrival of her twins, Hannah obtained a BA (Hons) in Theatre Design and went on to work in Costume for TV/Film production. This included working on some well-known Children's shows, such as 'In the Night Garden' and 'Zingzillas'!  She relishes opportunities to utilise her creativity within teaching.

A keen runner and happy-camper, Hannah embraces the energy, adventure and physicality involved in nurturing and inspiring children in the great outdoors.

Adele Barnard

Adele was born and raised in Frome, Somerset. From a young age she has had a passion for the outdoors, nature and music.  Adele has spent time travelling across Asia and working in Canada where she embarked on many outdoor activities and skied frequently.


In September 2014 she joined a charity called Globalteer, which is a UK registered charity providing safe homes for vulnerable children where she worked as a teaching assistant in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This was when she realised her passion for teaching. This newly found passion matched with her love for the outdoors led her to desire a career within the forest school sector.


Adele is currently studying for her Level 3 diploma in childcare, with ambitions to also qualify in bush craft and forest school teaching.  Adele loves spending as much time as possible outdoors, she's a keen climber, hiker and is very excited to join the Little Foxes team.

Our organisers


Tash Clandillon

Office Manager

After studying for her degree in Zoology, Tash spent time as a conservation volunteer in the UK and Ecuador.  This inspired her to enthuse and engage young people in conserving the natural environment and in 2005 she moved to Bristol to train and work as as a secondary science teacher.  Since then she has worked at St Werburgh’s City Farm, Severn Wye Energy Agency, Bristol Zoo Gardens and Bristol Museum, delivering workshops and environmental education programmes to children and young people from pre-school age onwards.  Alongside Little Foxes, Tash now works as a Freelance Educator teaching primary school groups at the SS Great Britain.  She loves nothing more than exploring the outdoors with her family and friends. 


Tash keeps everything running like clockwork as our Office Manager. She works in the office and manages our inboxes, waiting lists, permission forms and all aspects of day to day administration for Little Foxes.  

Becky Kay  

Food Coordinator 

Becky lives in Bristol with her husband and 2 young children.  Becky loves cooking and is passionate about providing children with delicious and wholesome food using simple, affordable ingredients. She believes a nutritious diet is essential for giving little ones lots of energy for exploring and learning.


Having previously worked in the legal sector for 8 years, Becky decided not to return to work after having children and instead became involved in voluntary community roles with the Baby Bank Network and Acorns and Oaks before joining the Little Foxes team.  Becky also enjoys gardening and travel. She feels strongly about the importance of teaching children how to care for our planet whilst exploring and enjoying the natural world. 

register your interest

If you are interested in your child joining Little Foxes click here to find out further detailed information about how to get them signed up.  

Frequently asked questions

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