The Outdoors Group Kindergarten

Welcome to our unique outdoor pre-school, set within beautiful woodland, just minutes from Exeter.


Our Exeter Forest School Kindergarten has temporarily closed to facilitate the running of The Outdoors School. It will reopen in the not too distant future. More information on this can be found in the amazing blog entry written by our very own supreme master of the woodland Nick Murphy.

Read the blog 

Meet the Kindergarten team

Fabrianne (Fab) Rowell
Kindergarten Manager

Our Manager, Fabrianne, joined the team after falling in love with the Forest School way of life when her little one attended Kindergarten. She started by volunteering with us before going on to do her Level 3 Forest School Leader training and Early Years Educator level 3. Fabrianne is passionate about supporting strong attachments, building confidence and self-esteem in the Kindergarteners. Her sunny disposition always brings a smile to our faces.

Robert Cartwright
Assistant Manager

A qualified teacher with a specialisation in Early Years, Rob is passionate about the concept that nature offers a classroom beyond the confines of four walls. As well as advocating and developing outdoor learning facilities during his time as a teacher he has also worked with Devon Wild life Trust as an Environmental Education Officer encouraging young people to become more passionate about ecology and our local wild spaces.

Rachel Austin Rigby
Kindergarten Assistant

Rachel joined the Kindergarten in 2019 and brings with her a wealth of experience having worked in Early Years for 20 years in a variety of roles & settings, including having four children of her own. Rachel lives near Sidmouth, enjoys walking the nearby footpaths and beaches and, has done some very long walks following the Jurassic Coast path to raise money for MIND. Rachel is also a Brownie and Scout leader – lots of fun and a chance to practice some forest school skills. Her enthusiasm in the kindergarten is contagious and she lifts our spirits even on the gloomiest of weathers!

Emma Sheffield
Bank Staff-Kindergarten

Emma currently works on the bank for the Kindergarten, and used to be the manager of Exeter Forest School Kindergarten.
She loves to go canoeing on the Dart with her family, including introducing Jack her 18 month old to being on the water.

You are donating to : South West Outdoors Group

How much would you like to donate?
£10 £20 £30
Would you like to make regular donations? I would like to make donation(s)
How many times would you like this to recur? (including this payment) *
Name *
Last Name *
Email *
Additional Note