Meet our team


 

 

 

Kirsty

Nursery Manager, SENCO and Forest School Leader 

Miriam

Deputy Manager

Theresa

Deputy Manager and Forest School Leader

Hattie

Outdoor Nursery Practitioner

Hayley

Outdoor Nursery Practitioner

Debbie

Outdoor Nursery Practitioner and Forest School Leader

Sara

Outdoor Nursery Practitioner

 

Kirsty

Kirsty decided early that her future would be her children, giving them the support, tools, and skills to be independent and happy in life, and as a result she has a knowledge born out of years of investigation and planning. What she didn’t realise was that this would become her vocation.

Before the birth of her first child, Kirsty had been successfully progressing her office career. During maternity, she concluded she needed more time with her son if she was going to provide an ideal environment for growth. The solution: Kirsty handed in her notice and set up her childminding business, giving her the ability to focus on the nurturing environment she wanted, whilst providing an income.

Her business grew beyond the space her home could provide and opened Flying High Outdoor Nursery to be able to offer the wonderous outdoor, Forest School experience to even more children locally.

Miriam

Miriam studied Childhood and Youth Studies at university and has spent the last 5 years working in a range of schools and nurseries since, including a year teaching in Vietnam.

She has a love for music, dance and the creative arts and enjoys seeing the positive impact creativity has on children’s development and wellbeing.

Miriam is passionate about the outdoors and protecting our natural environment. She enjoys spending as much of her free time as possible outdoors and recognises the importance of nurturing our connection with nature.

Miriam is always keen to expand her knowledge professionally and creatively. 

Theresa

Theresa is an experienced practitioner who has spent years working within schools and early years settings. Her love of the outdoors attracted her to Kirsty’s childminding practice in September 2019 when she started as a volunteer. Theresa has been a key member of the Flying High team ever since. She was involved in developing the Flying High ethos and values with her focus being on inclusion for all. 

Theresa is nearing completion of her Forest School portfolio and is enjoying bringing her newly learned skills to the setting. 

Hattie

Hattie has 12 years experience working with children both in their own homes and in nursery settings. She has recently developed her understanding by completing her Level 3 in Childcare.

Outside of work, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her family, sewing, making clothes and eco products.

Hattie is committed to providing a fun and enabling environment where children can flourish.

Hayley

Hayley has been excited about Flying High’s ethos since Kirsty was asking for opinions on the business name at play group back in 2019. She came for a visit before we had finished building the site and put her daughters’ names down straight away – some of the first on the list!

Over a year later, Hayley’s love of the nursery grew, she saw first-hand how the team helped her family flourish and is excited to be an integral part of the Flying High family.

Hayley brings her experience of additional needs, working in care and as a mum of 5 gorgeous children to the team.

She loves being outdoors with her family and caring for her horses in her spare time.

Debbie

Debbie lives on a farm and spends her time outdoors looking after the animals. 

Before joining the Flying High family, Debbie worked in schools and nurseries as a Forest School leader, engaging children in self-led, outdoor learning. 

Debbie has experience working with children with additional needs and recognises how Forest Schools and outdoor settings can have a huge positive impact on learning and emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. 

Sara

Sara brings a creative flare to the team – she has been a face painter and is a qualified florist enjoys painting, crafting and reading with the children, as well as playing chase games and football!

Coombes Valley has always been a favourite stomping ground for Sara and her children, joining the Flying High team feels like a perfect match!

Growing our team – our commitment to you!


Our business continues to realise our passion to provide a nurturing and positive learning environment based in the great outdoors. We are aware that our greatest reward comes from seeing our approach to deliver success for all children. We will protect this.

We already know the demand for our services will grow, but we will only allow the business to expand when we find new team members who mirror our passion and have the experience and capability to provide the same level of care for your child. If this means we can’t expand fast enough to meet increased demand – so be it!