The Faraway Tree Family. 

At Kindergarten, we work hard to create a 'home from home' atmosphere, for both the children and the practitioners. Spending 40 hours per week in each others company can mean that as adults, we often have spent more time together over the working week than we have in our own homes!

Early Years Educators at the Kindergarten are dedicated, passionate practitioners with evidenced previous experience and transferable skills that are appropriate for the role and our ethos. 

Three quarters of our team are graduates, two with Early Years degrees, and one with a child psychology degree (Graded- first!) This ensures our team are able to truly understand the children's learning and extend this and their opportunities to the highest quality and aim for the greatest input for the children at all times. 

Come and see them for yourselves in action, they are truly fabulous. 

Kristie Chesters


BA (hons) Education & Early Years 

Qualified Forest School Leader

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)

Kristie is passionate about children being able to access learning in an environment that is both nurturing and surrounded by nature. She has loved the outdoors from an early age and wants to ignite that spark in our youngest generation. She is a mother to young children of her own and has ten years work experience in the industry, within a range of primary school, early years settings and special needs support roles. 

Kristie is studying for her MA Outdoor Education from September 2020. 

Deanne (Dee-Dee) Howe

NVQ Level 3 

Deputy Manager.

Key person. 

Dee joined our team in 2019 and has recently taken on the deputy manager role at the Kindergarten. She is parent to two young adults, now at University, and also has fur baby Bess to care for too. 

Dee is very kind and nurturing. She has particularly strong relationships with the two year olds in our setting. 

Dee is qualified to level 3, and is enthusiastic about outdoor learning and forest school. She has recently completed CPD training on Outdoor Provision for children in the EYFS. Dee has previous experience as an Early Years Manager. 

Louise Stubbs

Early Years Educator 

Bsc Child Psychology


Admin assistant / Funding Officer. 

Louise is an energetic, vibrant addition to our team. She enjoys travel and rock-climbing in her spare time, and has just completed her BSc in Child Psychology. Louise also works with young people in Hertfordshire alongside her studies and her role at the Kindergarten. Louise supports our manager with many of our administrative duties, to include social media management, marketing and advertisement, funding, and other associated tasks

Louise enjoys playful, meaningful interactions with children in their Early Years, and her happy, relaxed attitude is welcome within our approach. 

Louise is studying for her Early Years Teacher Status from September 2020. 

Lauren Strain 

Early Years Educator 

Key Person

BA Hons Early Childhood Studies. 

Lauren is the newest team member at Faraway Tree. She has recently gained her degree in Early Childhood studies and has previously worked at a preschool, alongside her placements at both nurseries and primary schools during her studies. 

Lauren is very creative and enjoys sketching in her spare time. Lauren has outstanding knowledge of the EYFS, and is excellent at identifying and moving on the children's learning 'in the moment'.


The children have welcomed Lauren warmly and are very much enjoying getting to know their friendly new 'teacher'.  

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Registered Company No: 10800240

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