…to Filthy Squirrels Woodland Nursery, an outdoor nursery that gives children
aged 2 to 5, a filthy education where children thrive.

Based within a beautiful, private woodland in the Chalke Valley, the Filthy Squirrel way enables children to become creative, resilient and confident little learners.  Children have free rein to explore the ever changing woodland enjoying unbounded adventures safely within our fenced off area.

Our play…

…is child led and play based, going wherever the childrens’ imagination and curiosity takes them. Popular woodland activities might involve cooking up a storm in the mud kitchen, creating potions, hunting for minibeasts, large scale painting and mark making using paints we’ve made ourselves, making and taking part in woodland obstacle courses,  den building, story making and yoga sessions.

At Filthy Squirrels…

…we want to challenge traditional education ideals. Learning to write doesn’t (and in our opinion, shoudn’t!) have to be done sat at a table.

Anything that can be done inside, can be done outside…. if it’s not covered in mud, it’s probably not that great anyway.

Meet The Team


 Ever since I was little, I had always wanted to be a teacher. In 2007, I qualified as a teacher specialising in Early Years. I worked in the classroom for 11 years, completing my Level 3 Forest School Leader training along the way. It was during my Forest School training that I realised how important being outdoors and immersed in nature is for both children and adults, and a year later, I left the confines of the classroom to set up Filthy Squirrels on a lovely little farm. Several years later, Filthy Squirrels has grown and grown, with more people seeing the wonderful opportunities an outdoor education has to offer.


Melissa is one half of our wonderful apprentice duo! Melissa is the daughter of another amazing local childcare practitioner whose skills have clearly rubbed off on her daughter. Melissa loves being outside, particularly with her menagerie of animals including her two goats July and Steve. She is a keen sportsperson and can often be found with a hockey stick in her mits. Shes always keen to get stuck in and loves nothing more than flinging a bit of mud about.

The Threshing Barn, Unit 8,

Fifield Bavant,

Wiltshire, SP5 5HT