Meet The Team

Stephanie Jones

Nursery Manager

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Stephanie has over twelve years experience of working in early years and has been managing a successful outdoor forest nursery for the last two years. Stephanie holds a degree in Early Years and has been an Early Years Teacher since 2013. 

Stephanie is passionate about outdoor learning. She has witnessed first hand how children thrive when given the opportunity to choose, explore and play in a nurturing environment. 



Stephanie is fascinated by children's innate desire to explore and find out about the world around them and believes that children learn best when they are intrinsically motivated.

Stephanie completed her Level 3 Forest School course earlier this year and looks forward to using these skills to inspire and motivate the Little Birds team and children. 

Stephanie enjoys hiking, travelling and listening to music. 

Sam Lovegrove

Nursery Director

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Sam is our Nursery Director.

Little Birds has been Sam's dream for a very long time, and her vision and ethos sparks the imaginative fire of the creation and development of Little Birds.

Sam sees Early Years education as one of the most socially important jobs. Her experience is with outdoor education and Early Years care, she has Level 3 forest and has undertaken beach school training.


After spending time at the first outdoor nurseries in Sweden, Sam is one of only a very few licensed Skogsmulle practitioners in the UK.


The Skogsmulle approach was one of the inspirations for the educators who initiated the Forest School approach in the UK.

Sam has worked with many schools and nurseries embedding the outdoor learning in to their practice, and has written a book for Harper Collins called 'Go Teach Outdoors'.

Sam loves hiking, open water swimming and spending time with her family.​

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Rachel McLaughlin

Deputy Manager

Rachel is a well loved member of staff, and can often be seen surrounded by children!


She is a qualified and experienced Reception teacher and works with Victoriaon planning and reviewing our curriculum, to ensure the children's educational progress is continual. 

She is passionate about staff and children learning and developing together, and is responsible for ensuring our approach encourages a fun, light and joyful approach to learning.

She has worked in an outdoor kindergarten in London as a deputy manager, and brings so many skills to Little Birds.

Rachel loves to travel, having just returned from a month long expedition to the Azores, and enjoys spending time with her family.

Victoria Jenner

SENCO and Curriculum Manager

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Victoria is our incredibly talented SENCO and education lead.

She has a Masters in Early Years Education, and her special focus is children's rights and politics.

She has had a varyied and interesting career so far, from working with award winning nurseries, to our local council.

Maria Lee

Forest School and FreeBirds Manager

Maria is a qualified teacher, with a special interest in Forest and Beach school.


She plans and leads the collaboration between our forest school activities and environments, and the children and staffs learning and development.

She has a wealth of skills and qualifications, from archery, to kayaking, and love the outdoors. 

Caroline Jeffrey

Educator and Artist in residence

Caroline is a qualified Level 3 and artist, with a passion and skill in glass work and textiles. 

She works with the children once a week, on long term art projects and joins us for our beach school sessions

Bury, Pulborough RH20, UK

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