Willow Tree Kindergarten Staff (st Werburghs)
Lead Teacher and Kindergarten Manager
Elodie has been working at the Willow Tree since the autumn 2013 while also studying to be a kindergarten teacher. She has a level 5 qualification in Steiner Early Years and teaches 5 mornings a week at Willow Tree. Prior to her Steiner training she worked in a primary school as afternoon club manager and a one to one assistant in the Reception class. From this she gained training and experience in Special Education Needs and in organising and managing a setting. Elodie has also volunteered to work for Forest School Camps since 2000 and has much experience of learning through doing, in an outdoor environment.
Pippa is a trained Steiner Class teacher who has worked a the Willow Tree Kindergarten as an assistant for the past 4 years. She has also completed a Holistic Baby and Child Care Course that uses the Steiner (Waldorf) and Pikler model as an holistic adjunct to early child education. Before coming to the kindergarten, Pippa was a Handwork Teacher at the Meadow Steiner School in Bruton and now enjoys creating beautiful crafts with the children at Willow Tree. She is a Needle felt artist and mother to 3 boys who are all Steiner educated in Bristol.
willow tree little kindergarten staff (Fishponds)
Lead Teacher & Manager Little Kindergarten
Lily joined in September 2019 and is the Teacher Manager of Willow Tree Little Kindergarten. She has a BEd. Honours Degree in Education and is a qualified Steiner Primary School Teacher. Lily was fortunate to have a Steiner education and believes that a Steiner kindergarten experience truly cherishes and supports the young child’s development and early learning needs. She has worked for many years as a Steiner School Teacher in various Steiner Schools in England and abroad before becoming an Early Years Steiner Kindergarten Teacher. She worked in the Bristol Steiner School Rowan Tree Kindergarten for 3 years as a Parent & Child Leader, followed by 3 years as a Kindergarten Teacher there and then joined the Steiner Academy Kindergarten for a further 3 years before joining the Willow Tree Kindergarten.
Lily is passionate about children’s development and providing them with inspiring and engaging play and learning opportunities which incorporates their individual interests and allows them to grow with confidence within their environment. She feels it is a privilege to be a part of a young child’s development and watch them take their first tentative steps on their learning journey to become independent human beings and a part of the world we live in.
Deputy Manager & SENCO
Floredia joined the Willow Tree Little Kindy in September 2018. She has been involved with Steiner education for 20 years, since her first son joined the Rowan Tree KG. The other two followed and all three went through the Bristol Steiner School (BSS) from KG to Main School.
For the last 10 years,she has worked as a classroom Assistant, initially at BSS Main School and then at the Rowan Tree KG.
After that, she worked for 3 years as a KG Assistant at the Steiner Academy in Fishponds, when it first opened. She has a Level 3 Diploma in EY and Young People workforce. She is passionate about unhurried childhood, loves being part of the Steiner community in Bristol, supporting children and young families (both as a Steiner EY practitioner, but also as a volunteer breastfeeding counsellor) and immersing herself in kindergarten life and craft projects.
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Sara is a trained Steiner Class teacher who has worked for Willow Tree Steiner Kindergarten for 4 school years as a teaching assistant and also in a 1:1 role with special needs children. Sara completed her Steiner Teacher Training at the West of England Steiner Teacher Training (WESTT). She also has a Level 6 Diploma in Primary Education Teaching from the University of Granada, Spain. Before coming to England, Sara worked as an English teacher for 7 years in a Cambridge Academy with a wide range of age groups. Working for Willow Tree Steiner Kindergarten has brought her a great sense of being part of a respectful and supportive community - where, together with the whole group of parents, teachers and children, she feels nourished personally and professionally.
Bryony joined the Willow Tree Kindergarten in January 2022, and although she isn’t Steiner trained herself she has been a Steiner student in Kenya from the age of 13. Before coming to work for Willow Tree Bryony was working and training as a Level 3 Forest School Leader, and has previously worked as a 1:1 Support Worker and a College Teacher. She is passionate about allowing children to learn, grow and develop at their own pace and loves being part of the Willow Tree Team, where she feels supported and nourished.
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Parent and Child Leader
Willow Tree Administrator
Inga joined the Willow Tree in July 2014, following 6 years working in education recruitment.
Willow Tree Trustees
Chair of Trustees
Jo is a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist, running a private practice in Bristol. Prior to this her professional background was in writing and communications, mainly for environmental NGOs. She is mother to two daughters aged six and three who both attended / attend the Willow Tree parent and child groups and the Little Kindergarten.
Child Protection Officer
Jan founded the Willow Tree with a group of parents in January 2010. She has a Steiner Waldorf Early Years Diploma graduating in 1996. She taught for many years at the Rowan Tree Kindergarten, part of the Bristol Steiner School. She is a mother of three who, all went through BSS from kindergarten to the age of 14. She is also now a grandmother. Having managed and been the lead teacher at the Kindergarten until 2016, Jan ran the Parent and Child groups from 2016 - 2020.