The Outdoors Group are proud to open Okehampton’s first Forest School set in a beautiful semi ancient woodland, a short walk from the town centre.
We’ll be offering a number of fun groups and activities for the local community, including our Tree Tots Toddler Groups for parents and little ones and Home Education groups for children aged 6 and up. We want to get as many children as possible into the woods to play, explore, discover and learn.
Debbie Miller will be looking after our Okehampton site. She’s lived in Okehampton since 1990 with her husband, Ian. She has grown up children now in their twenties.
Debbie has worked as a childminder for more than 22 years. Over the years, she’s been a Brownie Guide Leader, a play leader at local toddler groups and a governor of the local primary.
“I’m passionate about children playing and exploring outdoors and want to give them the opportunities to develop their confidence, independence, creativity and risk taking, appropriate to their environment and to themselves.”
Over the years, Debbie’s been a Brownie Guide Leader, a play leader at local toddler groups and a governor of the local primary. She worked as a childminder for more than 22 years in Okehampton. Debbie’s currently doing her Forest School Leadership Training and it’s wonderful having her on board, looking after our newest site.
“Bubs” is from a military background and has moved into education upon his retirement. He has been responsible for several successful educational programmes and has a real passion for teaching and learning. He currently delivers TLP, Adult provision and Schools outreach.
His spare time is taken up with introducing his grandchildren to the great outdoors.
Rowan is a 1:1 behavioural support worker who specialises in working with learners who are Deaf, BSL users and learners who have Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) challenges and Special Education Needs (SEN).
She has a degree in Deaf Studies, is in the final stages of qualifying as an Integrative Counsellor and has 8 years experience in youth work; 2 of which have been with The Outdoors Group.
She enjoys illustration and collage, baking, body-boarding, BMXing, whittling little wooden animals and sea swimming (all year round!).