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Paula Harvey - Founder
Paula has been in childcare for over 12 years, most of which at Archway Children's Centre. During this time, she completed a level 3 advanced Forest School leaders' course, which enabled Paula to become the forest school lead for the centre. Paula and the team delivered fun and educational forest school sessions to a small group of children and introduced parent/carer sessions, these sessions proved to be successful. The idea for setting up Urban Forest - now Urban Forest Tribe CIC came from these parents/carers and their children; their feedback was extremely positive and gave Paula the foundation to make Urban Forest possible in 2019. Paula has a strong passion for working with children and adults, the great outdoors, and supporting the next generation to develop a keen interest in the natural world. She has seen first-hand the many benefits working outdoors gives children and adults.
Since going freelance in September 2021 Paula has taken the opportunity to collaborate and work alongside other forest school facilitators, rangers, schools, organisations, charities, and professionals whom all share the same vision of helping make the world we live in a greener, healthier and wilder place.
Paula is also a London National Park City Ranger.
Claire has been working with Paula and the team since spring 2021. "It is so rewarding to see the difference a natural environment provides the children. My own children attend Paula's after school club and as a parent, I see first-hand the positive impact the club has on both their mental and physical health". Claire has worked across early years and KS1 within a local primary school.
Susana has worked in childcare for over 10 years as a childminder and within nurseries. "It’s such an amazing feeling seeing the progress children make especially outdoors and knowing you have contributed to that". Whilst working at a local nursery Susana was lucky enough to attend forest school sessions. "It was so heartwarming to see children exploring and learning about the world they live in whilst having fun".
Susana holds a Cache level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education and is currently studying for her BA/BSc (Honours) Open Degree.
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