Who are we?

Treehoppers has evolved from Nature Nurture Sussex and many of you may know us from our Little Critter groups, Family & Dangerous Dads sessions & after school clubs.


Suzanne is a Forest School Level 3 Leader and former Ofsted Outstanding Childminder. She is also the Founder and a Director of Nature Nurture Sussex, a local Forest School and Community Interest Company. Suzanne has Outdoor & Pediatric First Aid qualifications and is the Safeguarding Lead for Treehoppers. She is a Fellow of the School of Social Enterprise and about to return to University part time to study for the postgraduate Early Years Teacher Status


Carol is an experienced Primary School Teacher and Forest School Level 3 Leader. She has Outdoor & Pediatric First Aid qualifications and is SENCO for Treehoppers. Carol is very creative and loves making things! When not at Treehoppers she is the Forest School  Leader at Sheddingdean Primary School in Burgess Hill

emma taylor- KINDERGARTEN Practitioner

Emma has over 16 years experience in Early Years and has a Level 5 Foundation Degree. She has previously managed two daycare nurseries and is a Mum to two lovely boys, so when she is not at Treehoppers she is off on adventures with Grayson & Gabriel! 

nikki robson- KINDERGARTEN Practitioner

Nikki is a qualified and experienced Early Years Practitioner who has recently joined the Treehoppers Team. She has 15 years experience in Early  Years, as well as a degree in Learning & Development. Alongside  Treehoppers she also works for a Children’s Charity as a  Fundraising Assistant and has two energetic children who love the  outdoors as much as she does.

Becky peterson- KINDERGARTEN Practitioner

Becky is an experienced Primary School Teacher, currently teaching in Reception at the Dharma School in Brighton. She loves the outdoors and works with us part time at Treehoppers.

***We are currently recruiting for an apprentice and are always looking for casual/bank staff. If you are interested in finding out more please email us at treehoppersfk@gmail.com ****


Therapy dogs forest school

Children will also often see our dogs Merlot & Nellie at the Kindergarten. They are very similar looking, and often mistaken for Hairy McLary!

Nellie is used to going in to school with Carol and they are both very friendly and enjoy having a fuss made of them. We hope the children will enjoy having the dogs visit and perhaps will be encouraged to read them a nice story or two! 

There are more and more schools and nurseries who have furry friends come to visit as dogs can have a calming affect on children and they can really benefit from having them around. Not convinced? Have a read of these articles to find out more 

Please, Sir – sit! The tale of a learning support dog

How dogs could make children better readers