Samantha Richmond

I am the Manager at Oakwood House Nursery and Forest School and one of the senior managers for the Portland Nurseries group overseeing, supporting and training staff and managers across all our sites.

I joined Portland Nurseries in 1992 and have held a number of leadership roles. In May 2010 I became the Nursery Manager at Oakwood House Nursery and Forest School. I have a wide range of knowledge and experiences in the early years sector and have been involved in the development of nation-wide training packs for the National Day Nurseries Association.

Oakwood House Nursery and Forest School is a magical nursery to work in and manage. I am continually inspired by the natural learning environment the children in our care can access daily. The garden is full of open ended natural resources which has created a rich environment for learning. The children at Oakwood House experience new challenges and adventures each day and have direct contact with the wonders of nature and the changing seasons. It is wonderful to be able to see the children grow and flourish with their time with myself and my amazing team

I am a very proud Mum to William 10 years old and love travelling, especially to Italy. I spent my childhood in Cumbria where I developed my love for the outdoors and I continually share my enthusiasm for outdoor learning by encouraging my staff team to explore the holistic development that happens outdoors, promoted through multi-sensory, hands-on experiences. I strive at all times for excellence and to continue to offer outstanding provision.

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Early Years Management

Early Years Teacher Status (Level 7)

Forest School Leader

Trainer Assessor

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