About Beatle Woods

Our Approach and Ethos

Beatle Woods is a special place where we offer care, professionalism, opportunity and nurture, in a truly child-led naturalistic environment. We aim to foster and consider children’s well-being and happiness whilst offering consistency, support and understanding. We believe that children in our nursery should be supported in free thinking and given time and opportunity to make their own choices. We celebrate uniqueness and help children to feel included and part of the Beatle Woods family, by supporting early language development; encouraging, fostering and modelling friendly behaviour to ensure everyone feels listened to and respected. We recognise progress and acknowledge it by providing challenge and risk-taking opportunities for all children within a safe space, supported by skilled practitioners who act as facilitators.

Our nursery helps children to develop curiosity based on their intrinsic motivation to learn and by ensuring they always feel in control of their own learning journey. Every moment of the day is an opportunity to support children’s thinking. Children are encouraged to develop empathy and a sense of agency, where they can support one another and discuss their feelings. We spend time listening and never rush; using skilful and timely interactions at all times.

We are committed to true partnership with parents by engaging and involving them at every step in their child’s learning and well-being. Our setting is inclusive; we offer each and every child and their family, equality and fairness at all times. Our primary aim is to get to know our families well so that we are best placed to support children to reach their true potential. We offer support, love and opportunities for the children to develop and to be happy!

“…. the magic of Beatle Woods is when you ask a child what they see. This is what I witnessed in a just three hour visit to investigate whether this would be the place for my son to grow and play in. This is what made me choose Beatle Woods…”

(Tom’s Mummy May 2018)

Beatle Woods Approach & Ethos

Our Team

At Beatle Woods we are committed to ensuring we take care of and support the wellbeing of all our practitioners. We know how important it is to ensure they feel valued and are guided throughout their time with us. We are fortunate that all of Beatle Woods team have worked previously together for the last decade and know each other well. They are a very experienced and passionate team who inspire children to be the best they can be.

Rachel Macbeth-Webb

Founder & Manager

Rachel Macbeth Webb

I am the Co-founder and Manager of Beatle Woods;  I have an extensive and varied early years work experience, including most recently, managing a local pre-school for 6 years. I am passionate about everything to do with young children and am constantly reflecting and building knowledge.

I have a BA Hons in early Childhood Studies and Early Years Teacher Status. I’ve lived and worked in the local community for many years and I am committed to improving outcomes for all children.

I am Level 3 Forest School trained and have a deep-rooted belief that children need to be outdoors. I have completed a number of professional qualifications, including Solihull Approach and Autism Awareness training and have a natural interest in all research, both at home and on an international scale.

I have recently completed Makaton for Professionals Foundation training which enables us to support children developing language using signing to compliment spoken words.

I am also a Mental Health First Aid ( MHFA) Champion.  In my spare time (there isn’t much), I like to spend time with my family, walk my dog, read and exercise!

Qualifications:

BA Hons Early Childhood Studies, Early Years Professional Status, Forest School Level 3, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Paediatric outdoor First Aid, Autism Trust Training, Solihull Approach Training.

Claire Sargeant

Beatle Woods Deputy

Claire Sargeant

I am the Beatle Woods Deputy; I worked for many years in Berkswell and at the same pre-school as Rachel. When offered the chance to start a new chapter at an outdoor nursery, I jumped at the chance and the opportunity to gain new skills and finding different ways to support children using the environment.

I am the Beatle Woods SENCO and I use my vast experience to support children with additional needs, using our amazing environment to ensure they have the best possible start. I have a particular interest in learning about children’s communication and language development and am always developing my knowledge to find the best ways of helping children develop their speech.

I have started to learn basic Makaton. I hold a level 3 Childcare qualification and I am currently doing Level 1 Forest School training. I am totally dedicated to ensuring children at Beatle Woods have the time and opportunity to flourish.

I enjoy spending any free time that I have with my son, by going on days out, walks in the countryside, going for meals and to the theatre. I also enjoy teaching my son how to cook, enjoy reading and socialising with my friends.

Qualifications:

NVQ Level 2 & 3 in childcare, Paediatric first aid, Setting Senco , Deputy DSL, food handling, health & Safety, Autism tier 1 training, Prevent Duty.

Annette Chester

Early Years Educator

Annette

I qualified in CACHE Level 3 NVQ in Early Years Care and Education in 2006. I have cared for pre-school children in private nurseries and cared for the elderly within their own homes. I have always and remain committed to, ensuring that the children have the best care and opportunities available. I share this care for everyone I look after.

I feel passionate about childcare in the outdoor setting; knowing a child feels safe and secure with you, makes you feel valued as a person and is a very rewarding feeling. As they reach for your hand on that walk around the woods to then eventually let go and explore the great outdoors around; it is a real privilege to watch them grow into confident learners.

I love it when the children at Beatle Woods are not afraid to take risks. If they decide they do feel a little uncertain it’s never long before their friends are cheering them on, or helping them out when they do encounter difficulties, like being stuck in the mud.

When I am not at Beatle Woods the loves of my life are my husband and my two teenage boys. I like to think of myself as a caring, compassionate person and a good friend. It would be wrong of me not to mention I like to have a clean and tidy home! I think of it as my hobby, alongside Pilates which gives me an hour of total ‘me time’.

Qualifications and Training:

NVQ Level 3 in Childcare, Paediatric First Aid, Safeguarding and Child Protection.

Sarah Swaffield

Early Years Educator

I have a level 3 diploma in Childcare and Education. I began my career in a Sure Start children’s nursery taking care of children under 5 years old before moving on to personal nannying for families locally. I have loved working closely with families to provide the best stable, consistent care for the children. We have had lots of exciting adventures through the years exploring the world around us. I strongly believe children should be able to make choices and explore freely with a guiding hand nearby when required. I believe myself to be very loving and Caring and have a genuine interest in child development and different ways we can help to gain confidence and provide skills for their future.

I am really looking forward to joining the Beatle Woods team and lifestyle and being able to provide the children with such a unique, exciting start to life.

In my free time I am usually found out in parks, regardless of the weather on walks or adventures with my daughter who cannot resist mud or puddles. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends on day trips, meals out and the occasional trip to the theatre.

Qualifications and Training:

Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education.

Karla Allen

Beatle Woods Deputy

I am very lucky to be part of the Beatle Woods team. Since 2006 I have been working as a qualified primary school teacher across Coventry and Solihull. For the majority of my teaching career, I worked in Key Stage 2 and after having my own children, found a zest for Early Years and began teaching in nursery. I have a real passion for literature and language and enjoy the imagination, creativity and escapism it provides.

Over the years, I have seen how the education system has changed and strongly believe that children should be treated as individuals- not as statistics. I am passionate about supporting children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.  Children have a unique way of viewing the world and as an educator I aspire to support them in exploring, discovering their interests and developing their passions. As Jess Lair said, ‘Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.’ I am excited to embark upon this adventure with the children in our care!

When I am not at Beatle Woods, I enjoy spending my time with my partner and our two daughters. We love being outside and our favourite place to be is by the sea. I also help with the Irish dancing school that my daughters attend. I am a creative person and enjoy exploring the arts, including recently completing a photography course at college.

Qualifications and Training:

QTS Primary Education. Paediatric First Aid, Autism Tier 2 , Risky Play in Education.

Elizabeth Smith

Early Years Educator

I am thrilled to be joining the team at Beatle Woods. I’ve been involved for a while as occasional ‘cover’ staff member. I’ve been a passionate evangelist for Beatle Woods since it’ inception as I believe play and the outdoors are the heart of learning in the Early years; I am happiest when surrounded with small children in an outdoor setting .I have 30 years experience of working with children in various settings, including Nursery Nurse, Special educational Needs Assistant in primary schools, and Nursery Teacher .I have a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies and a PGCE in Early Years. I trained as a Level 3 Forest School Leader and continued to work in a Nursery setting where I pioneered a Forest School from scratch for children from the age of 3 – 5 years.

I became increasingly disillusioned with the school environment and the push for academic achievement before children were ready. I left full time employment to spend more time exploring the things I loved; I became part of a team of free-lance artists going into primary schools to share art and creativity with pupils and training teachers. I believe creativity is in the heart of every child and is a means to discover and grow in self-esteem and self-worth. Success is not the finished article, but the confidence built in the process. I have also been part of the Education Team at Brandon Marsh where I led groups in creative and investigative outdoor activities.

I love outdoor adventures, (particularly wild swimming), gardening, being hospitable and spending time with my grandsons, family, and friends.

Qualifications and Training:

BA Hons Early Childhood Studies, Early Years Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Forest School Level 3, Paediatric outdoor First Aid, Various Local Authority training certificates around Special Needs Education.

Alicia Harrison

Early Years Educator

I am excited to be part of the Beatle Woods team and even more excited to see the children at Beatle Woods grow and flourish. I love to learn and being in an outdoor environment provides me with a new space to extend my skills. My passion for early years development came from having a younger sister, who I loved seeing develop as she was growing up. She was my inspiration for working with young children and I followed this journey by working as a lunch time assistant at a local school and then progressing to teaching assistant. I trained as a teacher, through the Graduate Teacher Programme which gave me the opportunity to learn whilst I taught the children. After having my first daughter, I swapped the classroom for a swimming pool to test my skills in a new environment, training as a baby and pre-school swimming teacher. Thankfully, I was not out of my depth!

When not in the woods, I am mum to two young daughters who keep me very busy. Together we enjoy country walks, going to parks and climbing trees. I enjoy swimming, reading and dancing – I have a dance degree so this is another passion of mine.

Qualifications and Training:

QTS Primary Education, BA Honours in Dance. Paediatric First Aid.

Emily Coles

Home Ed Educator

I am really excited to become part of the Beatle Woods family as a Forest Educator. I am a qualified teacher specialising in Early Years and have been teaching for over 14 years, more recently in Nursery in Balsall Common Primary School.   I would never have considered myself an ‘outdoorsy’ sort of person, but I noticed the impact on children’s well being and engagement while being outside, and so became passionate about the benefits of nature as a classroom.

After having my children, I qualified as a Level 3 Forest School leader 8 years ago and set up a Forest School within the school I was working in, working with children of all ages, abilities and needs.  In Balsall Common Nursery I set up ‘Wild Wednesdays’ where the children are outside for the whole session, learning about nature, risk taking and some woodwork. Being outside builds resilience, creativity and  develops communication skills.   I am a firm believer in the saying, “there is no such thing as inclement weather, just bad clothing!”    I am always learning and keen to further my knowledge and professional qualifications, more recently completing an Autism Awareness Tier 1,2 and 3 training.

When I am not working, I love being a mum to my two children and going on family holidays in our little campervan ‘Betty’.   I love socialising with my friends, and I am also part of the local am-dram group ‘Centrestage’.

Qualifications and Training:

BA Applied Social Studies, PGCE with Early years Specialism, Forest School Level 3 leader, Paediatric Outdoor First Aid, Autism Awareness, Tier 1,2,3 training.  Prevent training.  Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Daniel Silber

Early years Apprentice

I’m looking forward to beginning my apprenticeship journey here at Beatle Woods.

I have always been keen to do an apprenticeship despite most of my school friends going off to Uni. Growing up, I had a very positive experience in alternative education when my brother and I were home educated together. It was an amazing time of learning through a combination of experience and interest where we didn’t follow a set out school curriculum. It made me passionate to not only learn, but enjoy learning in whatever situation or context and fuelled my views on education as a whole. So I’m excited to have a place like Beatle Woods, which holds a different standard to much of the system, in encouraging children to grow and learn, that I can give myself to, having received so much myself.

When I’m not at work or studying, I like hanging out with my siblings or friends, playing games and going cycling. One of my biggest passions is writing music, particularly film scores and soundtracks. I love music that tells a story, as I love to tell stories too. If I’m outside, a good forest with some tall trees to climb is my ideal spot, but rocky mountains, or any other place to find adventure works for me.

Qualifications and Training:

Paediatric First aid.

Joel Silber

Early Years Educator

I’m an adventurous yet reserved practitioner exploring the world of childcare. I remember once a long time ago, (relative to my age I suppose) I was looking at some comics on the internet when I came across a quote in one that said, ‘if you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life’ and I thought, that’s the kind of job I want. I’ve always loved working with children, but I never really saw it for what it was until I joined the Beatle Woods crew. Put that together with an opportunity to be everything that the education system I grew up with was deprived of for the children I work with, and I got exactly what I had hoped for in a job on my first try.

I like spending my spare time with my friends doing all sorts of things ranging from movie nights to trips abroad but I also spend a lot of time with my family. I also like baking, playing the piano and drawing.

Qualifications and Training:

Level 2 Early Years Practitioner. Paediatric First aid.

Lily Marsh

Early Years Apprentice

I am 17 years old and I am currently undertaking level 2 EYP as an apprentice and member of staff at Beatle Woods Nursery.

I was very lucky as i did my work experience with Rachel and the team at Beatle woods and continued to volunteer as part of my post 16 education.

I was then offered me the opportunity of an apprenticeship and did not hesitate to say yes!

I am so so looking forward my next chapter after finishing school and working with all the other staff and children at the wonderful place that is Beatle woods.

Qualifications and Training:

Working towards Level 2 Early Years Practitioner, Paediatric First Aid.