My name is Mandy Warwick and I am the founder of the Hedgehog Club. I am a Level 3 Forest School leader with over 30 years’ experience as a primary school teacher.
From the time spent as a young child recording animals and birds in my Nature Notebook, to deciding to step out of the classroom and into the woods, I have had an interest and passion for nature and the outdoors. I am personally motivated by seeing the positive impact of outdoor learning on children.
I have public liability insurance, am DBS checked and have a current outdoor first aid certificate.
What do parents say?
Hedgehog Club gave us the opportunity to be creative and adventurous together. Everything is so well prepared that we could get stuck right in from the outset with all the den-building, bug-hunting, mud-pie-making fun.
My daughters loved the sense of freedom and I loved the sense of responsibility my 3-year-old gained. She took care of washing her and her baby sister's hands (pouring their water, picking their washcloths, squirting their soap) and felt very grown up being able to cook around the campfire.
My 1-year-old was just thrilled with the crinkling tarps, squelching mud, splashing water, swooshing grass -- it's a delightfully wild baby sensory experience.
Mandy's setup to facilitate all this was perfect and she was fantastic at answering all the children's questions, sharing their excitement and guiding them into new experiences.
"My boys are in their element using the tools and cooking yummy food on the fire."