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 Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead for Treehoppers. She is a Fellow of the School of Social Enterprise and is currently studying a postgraduate course in Early Years at the University of Brighton.


Carol is an experienced Primary School Teacher and Forest School Level 3 Leader. She has Outdoor & Pediatric First Aid qualifications and is our Forest School Lead. Carol is very creative, loves making things and she is chief organiser when it comes to Treehoppers events and local festivals! When not at Treehoppers she is the Forest School Leader at Sheddingdean Primary School in Burgess Hill. Along with Emma Taylor, Carol is our Designated Safeguarding Lead.

emma taylor- KINDERGARTEN manager & early years lead

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! She has just started her Forest School Training at Plumpton College and is loving every minute. Carol and Emma are our Designated Safeguarding Leads.

nikki robson- KINDERGARTEN deputy manager & senco

Nikki is a qualified and experienced Early Years Practitioner with 15 years experience in Early  Years, a degree in Learning & Development and Early Years Teacher Status. 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.

lorraine hunt- KINDERGARTEN Practitioner

Lorraine has been working with Treehoppers as bank staff for sometime now and we are delighted that she is about to join us as a part time Kindergarten Practitioner. She has a Level 2 in childcare, lots of experience working with young children and has just enrolled on a sign language course.

nichola bell- KINDERGARTEN Practitioner.

Nichola is a qualified reception teacher who has spent many years working abroad. She will be joining Treehoppers soon as a part time Kindergarten practitioner.

***We are currently recruiting for casual/bank staff. If you are interested in finding out more please email suzanne@treehoppersfk..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