MISSION & VALUES 
Nature to Nurture – Allowing Nature to Nurture our Wellbeing

Our aim is to care and encourage the growth and development of a person’s wellbeing by fostering positive relationships within the outdoors.

People are at the heart of what we do and our main aim is to ensure that relationships are nurtured in order to positively influence young people. We are also dedicated to nurturing our professional relationships as we understand that successful leadership of people impacts directly on quality. We are committed to investing in the growth and development of our staff, as we want them to care about the success of the company and deliver high quality experiences. When people feel valued and part of a strong team, they will ultimately go that extra mile and help the company achieve its aims.

Being surrounded by nature also has proven benefits to improving wellbeing and we will creatively come up with ideas to support a wide range of people within the outdoors. This, coupled with positive relationships, will enable the company to achieve its mission.

Nurturance, Commitment, Dedication, Honesty and Teamwork are the Company’s core values and reflect the way in which we work. We will ensure that people and nature lie at the heart of what we do and it is our core values that help to underpin this.

 

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 ABOUT

My name is Julie White and I qualified in 1995 with an N.N.E.B and since that time have always worked in Childcare with children ranging from birth to 12 years old. Since that time I have increased my knowledge of the industry by completing an HNC in Early Childhood Studies, a Foundation and a 1st Class BA Honours degree in Early Years Leadership. I have been a Nanny, Nursery Nurse and then a Manager of a Day Nursery which has given me experience of a wide range of areas within childcare. I am also now a Forest and Beach School Level 3 Practitioner.

When thinking about the question for my dissertation, I wanted to know how the outdoors impacted on children’s emotional wellbeing, as the setting I managed at the time had one of the smallest yard spaces in Liverpool with no grass or greenery around. I wanted to look at whether or not we were in fact damaging our children. I began researching other aspects of outdoor play and implementing them within the setting but one area I was particularly drawn to, was the Scandinavian model of Forest school. We would take the children on two buses to get them to the local woodland and let them engage with their environment in ways that were impossible within the setting. We then secured funding from the local council in order to improve our understanding of outdoor play and we were equipped with the resources in order to make dramatic changes.

My research concluded that the level of wellbeing and involvement in the children had massively improved and I was also able to use quantitative data to show that we had more than halved the sickness levels of the children. We were Highly Commended at the Nursery World Awards in 2010 in the Enabling Environment category.

In September 2010 I had a hip replacement after living with degenerative osteoarthritis for a couple of years which forced me to think about where I wanted my life to go. I used my local woodland to help me walk again and it was then that I felt a connection with the natural world and I knew that my future would be to work outdoors. I started to think about Forest School again and went on the training, hoping that I would be inspired to change direction in my life. Afterwards a passion had been re kindled inside me and I knew that my time within management had come to an end and that I need to now improve my knowledge and skills within the outdoor environment. In February 2011, I resigned from my managerial job and spent the rest of the year doing volunteer work for many companies to gain the necessary experience that I would need to launch my own company. That dream became reality in January 2012 and Nature to Nurture was created.

Nature to Nurture has been created out of a desire to make a difference to a person’s emotional well-being and will creatively come up with ideas to help support a wide range of people. We believe that friendship and happiness are closely connected so our programmes are designed with human and nature connection in mind.

I am extremely passionate about what I do and it is this quote from Rachel Carson that sums up how I feel “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in”. I don’t think this changes as we get older, people come into our lives at different times and enable us to see the world in a more exciting way. I would like to be that one person who enables someone to see the world in a more magical way and it is for this reason that I decided to make the company a ‘not for profit’ organisation as I believe that our sole purpose in life is to use our knowledge and skills in order to help others.

In the words of Mother Theresa “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier”.

lillie

 

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