Our Lead Teacher

Barbara Sheridan Founder and Lead Forest Kindergarten Teacher

Barbara Sheridan founded and is in her 7th year of being lead teacher for Barrie Forest Kindergarten and Nature School. She has more than 20 years of experience teaching preschool and school age children and staff using child directed social and play skills, child specific and child centred programming and training other professionals in the same approach. She is able to use her background of child directed and play based programming to focus on providing an environment for children to learn social skills, communication skills and academic skills in the Forest Kindergarten an Nature School programs.

She hosts Campfire Chats a podcast for Explorations Early Learning for anyone who works or lives with children in the early years dishing the dirt on Play providing discussions, ideas, stories and thoughtful perspectives and is available on iTunes.

She is a resident writer for 30 Second Mom, Playvolution and for Play Empowers, a Project comprised of the leaders of the revolution for Child Directed Play Based Learning throughout North America.

She presents workshops, field trips and Consultation to Educators to include more child directed learning through play in classrooms and curriculum.

She has completed level 3 of Forest School Kindergarten teacher training from Cedarsong with Erin Kenny. She also has her Child and Youth Worker Diploma and a BA in psychology. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Education (Sustainable Education).

She grew up in girl guides until she turned 18 participating in every level including Rangers and Junior Leaders, camped every summer with her family and continues the camping tradition with her family. Her and her children can either be found outside at rich outdoor programing throughout Ontario.

Read an interview with Barbara HERE

Watch as she explains her views on “bad behaviour” HERE

Hear a 20 Questions Podcast for everything you wanted to know about Barbara HERE

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