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ABOUT US

Nadia Romano - Founder and Manager of Leigh site

Nadia Romano is the founder of Rain or Shine Forest Preschool Ltd. She manages the Leigh site. She worked as a childminder from 2001-2015. During this time she undertook several training courses culminating in a BA Honours Degree in Early Years Education in 2012. It was during this period of study that Nadia heard about Forest Schools and after further research she decided that she would like to open her own Forest Preschool. She completed her Forest School Leader qualification in July 2015. Nadia also has a current paediatric first aid certificate as well as an additional outdoor first aid certificate. She has attended a Safeguarding Children course during the past 2 years and has a Basic Food Hygiene certificate. She is the designated safeguarding officer and SENCO for the preschool. Nadia works at the preschool full time.

Rebecca Harris - Deputy Manager - Leigh

Rebecca is a qualified early years teacher and also a qualified Forest School Leader. She has a passion for the natural environment and a wealth of experience working with children in the early years. Rebecca has a paediatric first aid qualification as well as an outdoor first aid qualification. She is also a SENCO. 

Suzi Ibbotson - Early Years Practitioner - Leigh

Suzi will be joining us in September 2018. She has experience of working with young children as she has previously worked as a nanny. 

Nicki Curry - Early Years Practitioner - Leigh

Nicki is a qualified teacher with experience of working in early years. She is an advocate for children learning through play and following their own interests.

Sam Clarke - Manager Gate Farm/Juddwood Site

Sam is a qualified KS1 teacher. After starting a family Sam worked as a childminder. She has always been interested in the outdoor environment and what it has to offer children to support their learning and development. Sam also has a Degree in Environmental Science. She will start her Forest School Leader qualification in February 2016. Sam has a current paediatric first aid certificate as well as an additional outdoor first aid certificate. She is also a designated safeguarding officer. Sam works at the preschool full time.

Hannah Maclean - Deputy Manager Gate Farm site

Hannah is a qualified teacher specialising in science and also a qualified forest school leader. She has a paediatric first aid qualification as well as an outdoor first aid certificate. She is also a SENCO. 

Hannah has a springer spaniel called Disco that she brings to work with her. Disco has her own enclosure just outside the forest school boundary. The children enjoy walking to and from the site with her and learn how to look after a dog.

Helen Butcher - Early Years Practitioner - Gate Farm

Helen joined in September 2018 working 2 days a week. Her daughter attended Rain or Shine when we first opened. Helen has a love of the outdoors and wants to share her passion with the children who attend Rain or Shine. She has a wealth of experience working with young children having previously been a childminder.

Rebecca Durrant - Early Years Practitioner - Gate Farm

Rebecca joined in September 2018 working 2 days a week. Rebecca is in the process of completing her Forest School Leader training. She is a mum to 2 boys and also a cub leader.

Anna Saunders - Deputy Manager Judd Wood

Anna is a qualified teacher specialising in early years. She will be starting her Forest School Leader training in September 2018. She has a passion for working with young children in a natural environment. She has a paediatric first aid qualification.

Mary Peters - Early Years Practitioner - Juddwood

Mary is currently studying for her level 3 Forest School Leader training after completing her level 2 training. Her younger 2 children have both attended Rain or Shine Forest Preschool. Mary has a paediatric first aid qualification.

Wendy Fordham - Early Years Practitioner - Juddwood

Wendy joined us in September 2018. She has a wealth of experience working in early years as a TA in a reception class. She has completed her Forest School Leader qualification. She has a paediatric first aid qualification as well as an outdoor first aid qualification.