Hi all, I’m Jessica and I live locally with my husband and young son and daughter, who are at a local primary school.

I joined Free Rangers back in 2011, when we opened the doors to our very first children. During my time at Free Rangers I have worked with the pre-school children and then quickly moved on to become Deputy Manager. I am now part of a wonderful Management team who ensure Free Rangers is the very best it can be. During my time at Free Rangers I have always held the SENCO role (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and this now forms a large part of my job role. I am passionate about ensuring children with additional needs can be fully included in our setting and can transition to school with the skills and support they need.

Prior to Free Rangers I attended the University of Wales, Swansea, where I completed a degree in Early Childhood Studies. I then went on to complete my teacher training in 2007 and found my passion for educating children and outdoor learning. In 2008, while working within a nursery, I gained my Early Years Professional status (EYP) and realised that the Early Years was where I wanted to focus my career.

I truly love the Early Years for the freedom it gives you to be creative and give children the quality early experiences they need to learn and develop as individuals. I truly believe that the outdoors is the most amazing classroom and love contributing towards a setting that holds this ethos close to its heart.

Favourite tree – Can I say Christmas tree? I love the smell

Favourite forest animal – Deer

Favourite season – Tricky – I love the summer but I am always ready for the winter to come, I love a frosty morning.

Our Story

Welton Manor Farm has been in our family for three generations. Our Grandad, George Knowles used to farm the land...


The Site

Surrounded by rolling countryside Free Rangers is located on a former working farm site and has exclusive access to 20 acres.


Forest School

Forest School is a key approach to learning which underpins the Free Rangers ethos and lies at the heart of what we do.