our team

where nurture meets nature

We are local Mums who have 25 years experience teaching in the primary sector.  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. 

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

Co-Founder

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.

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

Deputy 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

Co-Founder

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

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

Deputy Manager

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 bumblebee group, as well as Deputy Managing the setting on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

little foxes team

 

Marina Liso

 

Little Foxes Lead Practitioner 

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.

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 and she's also a dab hand at sewing.

Roy Macias

Roy is a qualified Early Years Teacher living in Bristol with his wife and two dogs. 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 when he becomes a parent.​

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! 

Tash Clandillon

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. 

Hannah Summers

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.

Hannah is a born and bred Bristolian and lives with her partner, two young children and two middle aged cats.
She is a qualified Childminder and established her own childcare business in 2016. Before the arrival of her twins, Hannah worked as an assistant costume designer & supervisor within TV/Film production. This included working on some well-known children's shows such as 'In the Night Garden' and 'Zingzillas', as well as a host of other productions.


Hannah loves the energy and adventure involved in teaching and nurturing young children, especially in the great outdoors. She is very excited to be part of the Little Foxes team!

 

mini foxes team

Gabrielle Sumner

Mini Foxes Lead Practitioner

Gabrielle has experience working in nurseries, preschools and primary schools across London and Bristol. She's also been a registered childminder and has helped set up and run an after school club. Most recently she undertook her Forest School Leadership training.

 

Having traveled extensively across Central and South America, Mexico, Asia, South Africa and Australia, Gabrielle is now settled in Bristol with her partner and their two young children. She also runs 'Time to Explore' which is a children's entertainment business providing a weekly drop in class and parties for children across Bristol.

Emily Smith

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. 

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

 

Rosie Beresford

Administrator

Rosie lives in Bristol with her husband and two young daughters and together they love exploring and spending time outdoors (particularly in trees!) Prior to having children Rosie has worked as a Chartered Accountant and a Maths teacher, most recently being the Deputy Head of Maths at a local secondary school. After having her children Rosie has freelanced in a range of roles (teaching baby and toddler swimming, maths tutoring and exam marking) and is now putting all that experience to use as our Administrator. 

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

Would you like answers to any further questions?  Hopefully we can help you on our frequently asked questions page.

our location

STOKE PARK ESTATE, BRISTOL

 

Drop off for Little and Mini Foxes is at the entrance to Stoke Park Estate near the Lockleaze Youth and Playspace BS7 9TB. We meet at the entrance to the meadow in Stoke Park Estate.  If driving, it's best to park outside the Lockleaze Youth and Playspace, BS7 9TB and then walk along the footpath that has two boulders at it's entrance.  About 50m along the footpath the entrance to the meadow is on your right.

 

Shortly after drop off we'll set off on the short walk through the stunning Stoke Park Estate, to set up our camp for the day.  This magical forest area is surrounded by bluebells, wild garlic, wildlife, meadows and trees aplenty.   Interested to visit the site?  

Pick up and breakfast club drop off is at Stoke Park Primary School (Romney Avenue entrance) in BS7 9TG, just 4 minutes drive from Bishopston and 10 minutes from Bristol City Centre.  There is parking on Romney Avenue near our entrance gate.

 

Find out more about our Open Days or Contact Us.

Please note our playgroup and holiday camp take place at a different site.  Check emails for details.

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