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Lucy Willans

Lucy Willans trained and worked in an innovative, outdoor nursery/pre-school setting in Cornwall, developing and leading an all-year-round outdoor learning environment for 2 and 3-year-olds. This desire to engage children in outdoor learning developed from her own rural childhood and love of nature. 

Lucy has been involved in developing community heritage engagement programmes in Barbados and the West Country and is a consultant for Winchester University’s Sensing Place heritage project. She has lectured on FdA degrees in Teaching and Learning and Early Childhood Studies and on a BA (hons) Professional Development (Childhood Studies) degree, advocating wider opportunities for outdoor experiential learning and heritage engagement within the curriculum.

Published work:

Willans, L. and Cole-Pragnell, L. (2019) Young children’s agency within Barbadian community heritage: a children’s rights and sustainable development model, in Eds. DeWaal, M.S., Finneran, N., Reilley, M.C., Armstrong, D.V. and Farmer, K. Pre-colonial and post-contact Archaeology in Barbados: Past, present and future research directions. p.p.353-368 Leiden: Sidestone Press.

MA Cultural Heritage and Resources Management (Dist.)

BA Early Childhood Studies (First Class Hons.)  

Level 3 Practitioner qualification: Children and Young People’s Workforce (Early Years)

Level 3 Forest School Leader

Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid

Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (management of catastrophic bleeding)

Level 3 Forest School First Aid

Level 3 Diploma Anatomy and Physiology

Level 3 Supervising Food Safety in Catering

Data protection training

Safeguarding training

From my own childhood

When I was a child, our family would often care for injured or orphaned wildlife, so my sister and I had some very unusual pets. These included hedgehogs, a grass snake, squirrels and our much loved fox, called Fred. I am the child on the left, drawing Fred.