About Nature’s Footprints

 

Jo Liversidge has been a qualified teacher for the last 16 years, following her dream from the age of 5 to do so. She has been delivering and developing Forest Schools at the schools she’s worked in for the last 7 years, and has an incredible passion to see this ethos more widely accepted and promoted in mainstream education.

Jo has vast experience of working with children of all ages and abilities having also been a Sunday School teacher, pre-school Storytime/toddler group leader and respite carer for her many foster brothers and sisters. She has been working with families and child-care/education settings from the age of 16 and is now the very proud mum of two.

Having trained as a Forest School practitioner in 2007 (OCN Level 3), Jo has continued to develop Forest School practice at the schools she’s worked in and continues to do so along with expanding her provision and practice at Nature’s Footprints. Her belief in the values and significance of play, in having the choice to follow your own ideas, be instrumental in assessing and managing your own risks and in understanding the importance of physical, mental and emotional well-being have taken her on a journey she could never have envisioned.

Jo fulfilled another of her ambitions when she completed her accredited Forest School Trainers training (OCN Level 4) with Forest Schools Education Ltd (formerly known as Archimedes Training), having also trained with Forest School Training Company (at OCN Level 1). She is keen to complete her OCN Level 3 Beach School practitioners award in the near future.

Over the last year Jo has successfully developed Forest School holiday provision for young people in around the area she lives. This is in part down to the strong ties she has with other community and partner organisations, looking to provide positive and inspiring experiences for children, young people and their families. This is an area that continues to motivate Jo and her desire to bring together the organisations, educational settings, businesses and families that make up the diverse community in which she lives and works. She continues to offer support to a number of trainees and practitioners, providing volunteering opportunities and experiences to work with children and families and works closely with the local Friends group (www.fobp.co.uk) to co-ordinate and evaluate Forest School provision.

Most recently Jo was extremely proud to receive the ‘Best of the Best’ Forest Schools award in recognition of the work she has done in and around her local community (as a teacher and Forest School practitioner), for co-founding and developing a network of Forest School practitioners and for her passion, enthusiasm and inspiring delivery of training. She is now in the process of establishing Nature’s Footprints as a social enterprise, so she can expand her provision further and build upon the firm foundations in her community and beyond.

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/huddersfield-teacher-jo-liversidge-shows-6302896

With a huge passion for applying the Forest School ethos within mainstream education and engaging families with nature, Jo can offer INSET and Forest School Taster days, enabling practitioners and school staff to explore holistic development, promoted through a multi-sensory, hands-on approach. She can also deliver custom made sessions or longer term programmes to schools, clubs and pre-school groups, working with each setting to ensure they meet the needs of both the children and the adults.

Jo has delivered INSET and training to adults working in education including developing the use of school grounds, using SPRINGBOARDS to promote free play and exploration and had led workshops in her own and other settings, including local and national conferences.

Jo loves nothing more than to be out in the woods or on the beach, collecting ‘treasures’ and rock pooling with her family, friends and dog!