Meet The Team

Meet our team of friendly, qualified coaches. Our staff have a passion for the outdoors and for education!



Hi – I’m Dave Churchward, the founder of Little Acorns Forest Schools Ltd.

I’ve been a Forest School leader since 2011 and have thoroughly enjoyed my days spent in the woods with learners young and old.

I come from a military background, spanning 3 decades and have always been happiest outside and in some kind of woodland.

I enjoy bushcraft and am a military combat survival instructor. regularly getting away to practice and keep my skills up.

I am now able to train adults up to Level 3 Forest School Leader and I also teach First Aid, which compliments the qualification well.

If you’re looking to change careers or just do something different in life and you have a love for the outdoors, then maybe get in touch with us to book on a course and start your journey now!



Hi, my name’s Hollie. I have been lucky enough to work for Little Acorns at Hicks Lodge since 2017.

I absolutely love my job and can’t believe it took me so long to swap the classroom for this beautiful woodland.

You’ll often find me at the top of the mudslide or helping out in the mud kitchen.



Hi – I’m Heather.

I have worked in Outdoor Education for 5 years and in 2018, while working at Twycross Zoo, decided to complete my Level 3 training in Forest School, while volunteering with Little Acorns. People always say – never work with kids or animals, so I did both obviously! Both seem to like me! I have now been working with the team now since January 2020!

I love to be able to teach others about what they may be missing just on their doorstep. I really enjoy working with people of all ages and from all walks of life (whether that be human or furry friend!).

I love working with the Little Acorns’ team and believe the ‘Forest School Ethos’ of child-lead learning is the way forward. Seeing a child with a look of accomplishment or wonder is my favourite thing to see.



Hi I’m Kate, a mum of three boys who loves the outdoors and a qualified primary school teacher.

Although I have just recently joined the Little Acorns Team, I have been coming to the Stay and Play group with my youngest for over a year and half. It was these sessions that ignited my passion for Forest School and brought me to the Level 3 Forest School Leader course.

I love Forest school because every day is different and it is all about the ‘whole’ child. The children are in control of and lead their learning, so you support them in this exploration and discovery. This often leads to incredible learning in a very magical place!



Hi – I’m Meryl.

I try to keep the day to day running of Little Acorns as smooth as possible!

I work behind the scenes, usually sitting at my computer or speaking to someone on the telephone – but occasionally I do venture into the woods (but I only go when it’s not muddy!!!).