willow tree kindergarten staff (St Werburghs)
Lead Teacher & Kindergarten Manager
Afternoon Teacher & Deputy Manager
Phoebe has worked for Willow Tree Kindergarten since 2020 and runs our afternoon sessions.
She is a fully qualified with a Certificate in Kindergarten Early Years and a Curative Education Seminar diploma.
Phoebe deputises for Elodie when required and has worked in many Kindergarten and SEN roles and settings across Bristol.
Kindergarten Assistant & Support Teacher
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 FISHPONDS TEAM
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.
Lead Teacher & Manager Little Kindergarten
Lily joined in September 2019 and is the Teacher Manager of Willow Tree Fishponds. 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 Fishponds 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.
Susy joined Little Kindergarten in April 2023. She was a mainstream Primary school teacher for five years before having her two children. Susy discovered Waldorf when her children were small and lives a Waldorf inspired family life at home. Once her children were both at school, she went on to return to working in education as a Learning Support Assistant in a local primary school, before joining us here at Little Kindy. She loves sustainability, crafting, walks in the woods, camping and encouraging open-ended imaginative play.
PARENT AND CHILD (St ANNE'S)
Parent and Child Lead Teacher
Finance and Office Administrator
Kate joined Willow Tree in June 2023 and is responsible for payroll and invoicing, plus all other financial responsibilities within Kindergarten.
Nicola joined Willow Tree in July 2022 and is responsible for all elements of the employee life cycle and managing the general day-to-day office administration including waiting lists.
Nicola has a background in Human Resources stretching back to 2007 and has worked in a range of corporate and local businesses. Also a qualified Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist, Nicola runs her own business from home part-time when she is not working for Willow Tree.
Her eldest daughter was Steiner educated in Bristol from Kindergarten to class 4 and now attends Avanti Gardens with her younger sister.
Child Protection and Wellbeing Lead
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.
Craig is the father of 2 children who are both receiving the benefits of a Steiner Waldorf education. Craig is also the Finance director for The Co-Creative Steiner Education Project (Apple Tree). Craig is also the Managing Director of an Engineering services Limited company as well as working as an electrical design engineer.
Pieta has been part of the Willow Tree community as a parent for several years and is currently on maternity leave from her role in the charity sector.
My name is Lesley Griffiths. I have been a trustee with the Willow Tree for nearly a year. My granddaughters both went to Little Kindy until recently. I have spent most of my adult life living and working in Camphill Communities and my 3 children benefited from a Waldorf education at Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School. I am a retired counsellor , living in Bristol.