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)
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.
Founder & Manager
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!
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.
Beatle Woods Deputy
My name is Claire Sargeant and 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.
NVQ Level 2 & 3 in childcare, Paediatric first aid, Setting Senco , Deputy DSL, food handling, health & Safety, Autism tier 1 training, Prevent Duty.
Early Years Educator
My name is Sharon Bryson and I am lucky enough to work at Beatle woods! I have worked for many years in a school setting as a teaching assistant in early years, gaining both level two and three teaching assistant qualifications.
I found that I lost my passion for the role in school, once children were expected to accept a more formal way of teaching, with more emphasis on results and very little on play and emotional wellbeing. For many years I wanted to share my passion with others on the importance of getting both adults and children outside but felt like nobody shared these views or even really cared. I decided to make a difference and completed a forest school qualification which led me to be part of getting forest school into schools within Solihull. This enabled me to support others to appreciate the positives of getting outside and the huge impact it can have on a child’s individual learning.
I feel so privileged to be part of all the children’s successful journeys at Beatle woods; watching all the new skills they acquire that will support these children throughout their lives.
When I am not at Beatle Woods, I am mum to three and can be found on the side of a football pitch, cheering on my daughter in her football team and spending time going for long walks with my sons. I love to get outside as much as possible and frequently take mini adventures in my camper van with no set destination in mind. To be part of the Beatle woods team is more than just a job it’s part of my life .
Teaching Assistant Level 2 & 3, Mentoring Level 1, Forest School Level 2, Safeguarding.
Early Years Educator
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.