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ABOUT US

 

The Other Path is created by us, Liz & Justin, home educators, living in The New Forest with three wonderful children, a couple of crazy dogs, a quiet cat and a bunch of backyard birds. 

Living a life without school gives us the freedom to live and learn at our own pace. It connects us with so many wonderful people and takes us on plenty of adventures. We are passionate about home education and want to celebrate all that this amazing way of learning has to offer you and your family. 

We have both had careers that have focused around working with children and families. Let us give you a bit more background on how we ended up here.

Justin

“I started my working life in the care sector, working with boys with emotional behavioural difficulties. Starting a career in the care sector sparked a passion for working children, particularly paying attention to behaviour and conditions such as ADHD. I then went on to become a family support worker, in this role my highlights included delivering parenting programs such as PEEP and Triple P, working with CAMHS to deliver an ADHD Parenting Program, working with individual families supporting everything from parenting to employment support, and finally working with the local refuge delivering domestic violence programmes to help vulnerable women. When Liz and I had our first child, I decided to set up a business with Liz’s brother; The Outdoor Learning Company.  We run a number of outdoor nurseries, pre-schools, holiday clubs, home education Forest School sessions and deliver training to professionals. 

It feels like now is a good time to put all these skills together and start a new adventure with Liz, that being ‘The Other Path’. I am hopeful we can offer inspiration, through celebrating this amazing way of life. I can’t wait to see how this project unfolds and where it takes us.”


Liz 

“I knew from an early age that I wanted to work with children and gained my qualifications as soon I could and later went on to gain my Foundation Degree in Working With Children. I have been working with children and families for the past twenty years. I have worked in mainstream and independent early years settings, I have provided family support through children centres and worked with children with special educational needs as part of the Potage Service. I have also been part of the Health Visiting Team as a community Nursery Nurse. All of my roles have incorporated my passion for child development, play and celebrating the parent as the first and most important educator of the child. Then Agnes, our first born, came along and everything changed. We wanted to create a life that meant we could work and live life together as a family, so Justin and my brother, took a brave leap of faith and set up their own business, creating The Outdoor Learning Company. And the rest, as they say, is history. That was 9 years ago and we now have Barnaby, and Edith and we live, work, learn and play together everyday. These days, you will find me working in the woods two days a week, helping to run the Forest School sessions for home educated children. Our older two come along with me whilst the youngest is at our Forest Preschool. The rest of the week you will find us learning at home, in the garden, the forest or wherever else our curiosity takes us.” 

So, that’s us, we look forward to taking this journey with you. We hope that The Other Path offers you inspiration and reassurance, whatever stage of your journey you are on and a tribe to call your own. 

 So, get comfy and dive on in.

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"Your heart knows the way, run in that direction."

Rumi