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Emily Ifsits

Author and Illustrator

​Welcome to my website! I am an early years teacher and Forest School leader from the UK. After meeting my (now husband) on an aeroplane in 2013, life took a new direction which has lead me to being a wife and mum in a small town in the Austrian Alps. Alongside being a busy mum I have run English lessons and playgroups in my time here in Austria. As lockdown hit in 2020, I was at home full time and began writing and illustrating my Nature's Playground series. I have now got the bug, and absolutely love creating new books for you all! In October 2021, I started studying a diploma in Montessori Education, and will be beginning a new chapter in my career, in a Montessori Kinderhaus in 2022.

My greatest passion is escaping into the beautiful Austrian countryside on adventures with my family. It is these adventures and experiences leading Forest School sessions which have inspired my books Songs for Nature's Playground - Forest School Songs for 3-7 Year Olds, Invitations to Nature's Playground - Forest School Poems for 3-7 Year Olds and Christmas in Nature's Playground - A Festive Story, Songs, Recipes and Crafts.

My books have a Forest School focus, however they are written as much for families looking for inspiration for fun in the great outdoors as educational professionals. I loved being a Forest School leader and saw it as a time when the pupils in my class looked exactly as children should: energised, confident, joyful and loving life and their connection to nature. I keep the Forest School Principles in mind now as a Mum, and am determined that my children experience this joy too. 

I share ideas for having fun and learning outdoors with children on my Welly Days Facebook page.

Emily Ifsits: About
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"When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles."

A.A. Milne

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