The Outdoors Kindergarten

we're opening a new setting!

Thank you for your interest in The Outdoors Kindergarten at Crediton

We are all very excited to be opening a new setting in Crediton during summer term 2022! After sadly having to close our site in Shillingford 2 years ago, we can’t wait to get back in the woods!

The Outdoors Kindergarten enables children to spend most of their time learning as nature intended. We embrace the seasons, learning through natural play in the outdoors…and on a few occasions, when the weather is wild we may even retreat to the cosy indoors!

We look at the world from a child’s perspective. We believe that children are the happiest when they are outdoors – gaining a sense of freedom to explore, to play and make friends in a welcoming, nurturing and positive environment.

We use the outdoors as our classroom each and every day. We place outdoor learning and forest school at the heart of everything we do. Our Forest School ethos promotes multi-sensory child-led outdoor play, encouraging and stimulating curiosity, supporting development and children’s physical awareness of the world around them.

Our team believe that early education is not just about preparing children for school or home education, but about preparing them for life. Our focus is on building resilience, independence, self-confidence, nurturing creative and critical thinking and teamwork. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework which enables us to accept government funded places.

The Details

The Kindergarten will be open for 3 to 5 year olds 8:30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday during term time


We accept private funding, childcare vouchers and early years 15/30 hours funding. Funding is available from the term after your child’s third birthday so if your child is 3 in December, funding will be available from January. Our funded hours are available daily 9.30am to 2.30pm. For more information on 15 hours funded childcare click here and for 30 hours funding click here.

The Site

Our site has just been purchased and was unused for over ten years, we are all very busy clearing, planning, and building! It’s located near to Crediton Hospital and as soon as the site is ready to visit, we would love for you to come along and meet us!

How to apply

We are now taking applications for the Autumn Term 2022. Please complete the application form and we will be in touch to discuss your requirements. Please note that this does not guarantee your child a place and we’ll be in touch to discuss your requirements. 

Meet the Kindergarten Management team

Fabrianne Rowell

Fabrianne Rowell


Our Manager, Fabrianne, joined the team after falling in love with the Forest School way of life when her little one attended Kindergarten. She started by volunteering with us before going on to do her Level 3 Forest School Leader training and Early Years Educator level 3. Fabrianne is passionate about supporting strong attachments, building confidence and self-esteem in the Kindergarteners. Her sunny disposition always brings a smile to our faces.
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Rob Cartwright

Rob Cartwright

Deputy Kindergarten Manager

A qualified teacher with a specialisation in Early Years, Rob is passionate about the concept that nature offers a classroom beyond the confines of four walls. As well as advocating and developing outdoor learning facilities during his time as a teacher he has also worked with Devon Wildlife Trust as an Environmental Education Officer encouraging young people to become more passionate about ecology and our local wild spaces.
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Ofsted Report

Fabrianne and Rob headed up our previous Kindergarten in Shillingford and are so excited about getting back into the early years world in Crediton. They successfully achieved an Ofsted rating of Good with Outstanding in Personal, Social and Emotional Development – and all of this on a snow day in sub zero temperatures!

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