About Muddy Feet

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.

Billy 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.

Katherine Sanders

Katherine is a midwife and long-term Muddy Feeter!  She has been qualified as a midwife since 2014 and works at Queens Medical Centre on the antenatal, labour and postnatal wards, supporting women and their families throughout their childbearing journey.  She also loves a good muddy puddle, toasted marshmallows and a cuppa in front of the campfire. 

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, Mini Muddies sessions and Muddies To Be antenatal sessions in Tollerton 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.