My name is Mandy Richardson, I am a qualified Early Childhood Educator, have my Masters in Childhood Studies and am currently completing my PhD in Respectful Parenting approaches to improve both parent and child well being and overall family functioning. I am the Director of Raise Early Years and initiated our Natural Play indoor and outdoor classes to support early parenting and promote natural child development.



My name is Jessica Wakeling. I am an early childhood trained teacher with a Bachelor in Education and am currently completing my Masters degree in Education. I have been teaching for nine years in pre primary, year one and year two. I have two children of my own. A daughter who is nearly two and a son who is nearly four. I am very passionate about early childhood education and absolutely love being able to be a part of leading and guiding little children in their learning. I am a firm believer in child-centred play and learning, and believe in giving children the space to follow their own initiatives and leadings in learning and play, giving them the tools and skills to develop their own autonomy.