Here at Muddy Feet we strive to give children the enjoyment of exploring, playing in and learning about the outdoors. We aim to let children learn to take risks without being at risk and enjoy getting muddy along the way! All staff have much experience working with children in a variety of settings.
All staff have had full DBS (CRB) checks and a First Aider will be present at all sessions.


Fran Groombridge

Fran is the founder of Muddy Feet and is passionate about getting children playing and exploring outdoors. She left the teaching profession after 10 years to follow her dream – setting up and running a Forest School. She has undertaken her Forest School Level 3 Leader qualification and holds an Outdoor First Aid qualification.

billyBilly Reynolds

Billy is a volunteer, currently working at Cotgrave Candelby Lane School in their music department. After Billy finishes his degree this year he plans to study at Nottingham University getting his PGCE.

About Muddy Feet

The idea for Muddy Feet began when I had my first child and was looking for an alternative playgroup where children could explore the outdoors. A keen nature enthusiast myself (and quite partial to getting muddy feet) I was looking for something different to your average playgroup held in a town hall – don’t get me wrong, traditional playgroups are fantastic and we have frequented many of them over the years, but I just wondered if there was an outdoor alternative, where children could explore, play and learn through nature. I discovered that there was nothing like this in my local area and so the seed for starting Muddy Feet was planted…

In the Spring of 2014 I undertook my Level 3 Forest School Leader training and as part of this set up a series of six pilot sessions during the summer holidays at Rushcliffe Country Park.

Five years on, we are more committed than ever to encouraging and enabling children to experience nature and the outdoors, with the emphasis on child-led play and letting them get their hands dirty.

We now offer weekly term-time sessions in Tollerton, holiday sessions at Rushcliffe Country Park and a range of party packages. We are also able to offer Forest School sessions to nursery, pre-school and primary school settings as well as youth groups.