At Wild About our Woods Woodland Camp we aim to provide children with direct experiences with nature, where they spend prolonged time outside, allowing them to interact in a hands-on way and be supported by trained professionals who have child development and environmental education at their heart. Our sessions are based on Forest School principles which builds on a child’s innate motivation and positive attitude to learning, offering them the opportunities to take risks, make choices and initiate their own play and learning. More information on Forest School and the benefits of it can be found in the 'Info for parents' section....
Experienced Forest School Leaders will lead the sessions. We are keen to have a low adult:child ratio so three/Four members of staff will run the scheme if 16 children have signed up. All staff will work within WAW’s policies and procedures and hold a current DBS. Two have paediatric outdoor first aid training and we have public liability insurance covering our work for £5 million.
Here's a bit more about the some of the staff running the holiday club
Janine Young - Holiday Club Team Leader
Janine is a level 3 qualified Forest School Leader and has an outdoor Paediatric First Aid qualification. She also worked in the field of child safeguarding and has an enhanced DBS (CRB). She recently refreshed her Safeguarding Children and Young people certificate via Haringey LSCB in October 2019.
She is on a mission for children and adults to reconnect with nature and has worked with local Haringey and Barnet schools in the last few years (Campsbourne School Highgate Primary, Rhodes Avenue, Weston Park, Holly Park and Martin School) and secondary schools of The Compton, The Totteridge Academy and The Archer demonstrating the benefits of woodland learning and Forest School. She co founded the ever popular monthly Sunday Family woodlands session at Queen Wood with Into the Woods on Sundays. She believes Queens Wood holds a special ancient woodlands magic and is excited to be working there with children this holiday.
Janine was brought up in North London at a time where children still played outside for extensive periods of time. Her home was near the green belt with a brook and some woodlands so she spent many of her formative days exploring, learning and playing there. She has always had a passion for working with children and started as a volunteer at the age of 20. She has had paid work on various holiday programmes. It was while working at Vision Quest in 1995 that she began to see the connection between the great outdoors and it's benefit to children's development and well being.
Fast forward 20 years and now with 2 children of her own, who have experienced regular outdoor learning as part of their education, She loves spending time outside in the wild with them and others. She has learned about woodland conservation through volunteering with her son at Coppetts Wood Conservationists and loves working with natural materials to create things in her work.
She loves learning new things and gets a buzz from seeing others flourish from their own discoveries outside. Autumn is her favourite season, she loves making and watching fire, listening to stories and children's laughter....and nibbling chocolate!
Cameron Hough - Holiday Club Team Leader
Hi my name is Cameron I am 23 years old and I am currently working full time as as an assistant games teacher at Devonshire House School but am also a qualified personal trainer. I have also been a football coach for TGFC for 4 years and mange the under 14s team. I am thrilled to be working with Janine and her team in my 6th year and I'm really looking forward to the adventures with the Wild About Our Woods children.
Claudia Celini - Session Assistant
Hi I'm Claudia. I am 22 and have just finished working in a school building up expereince as I start my PGCE training to be a Teacher in September. I am working for the fifth year as an assistant at the summer club. I have lots of younger nieces and nephews who I love to play with. I like the sounds of brids when I am out in nature as it sounds peaceful and relaxing.
I am looking forward to playing and supporting the children at the summer club, being outside and learning from the children as well as teaching them some games and skills too.
Michael Christodoulou - Session Assistant
Hi, my name is Michael and I am thrilled to be a part of the Wild About Our Woods team again! I am a 23 year old Mathematics graduate and tutor now with the aim of creating a fun and adventure full camp for these children. I am an active individual so working here for the summer period is going to be very exciting. Nature and the woods are amazing places to explore and learn so I can’t think of a better experience than this.
Mazzy - Session Assistant
I loved working as an after school nanny taking kids to their activities, playing games, crafts and reading. I’m a creative that loves making thing and I can’t wait to be building this my seocnd summer with Wild about our Woods.
Louis - Sesison Assistant
Hi my name is Louis Davis and I am 18 years old. This will be my second year working at WOAW and I’m really looking forward to it. I have some previous experience working at a tennis camp in crouch end but I also think this is a great opportunity to learn to some new skills and be involved in nature. I’m very happy to be part of the 2021 team!