wild about play

About Us



At Wild about Play, we deliver engaging, exciting and dynamic forest school education to spark, inspire and extend children’s imagination and learning at nursery and primary school age.

With birds-eye views of Putney common and woods from our rooftop base camp at Oasis Academy, we run our Ofsted-approved outdoor nursery all year round, after-school sessions during the school term, outdoor learning camps during school holiday breaks, and wild families’ sessions on select weekends.

Our mission is simple:

“To help our children have fun, feel free, explore and progress their inner strengths through playful learning in and while caring for local nature.”

The wonderful, highly-qualified practitioners curate sessions that incorporate the natural world and the EYFS curriculum into our children’s education ensuring they unleash their full potential. Children are also encouraged to explore their surroundings and spearhead their learning through a mix of fun physical, musical, artistic and also construction challenges. The calming and rich effects of nature coupled with skilled adult support provides the framework to support meaningful play, enriching learning and developing key skills such as enquiry, expression, experimentation and also team work.



Susan founded Wild about Play as a social business to inspire more children and their families to connect with nature and learn valuable education and lifelong skills in the outdoors – all through play.. Susan is passionate about how the brain changes when in the outdoors and when learning through play.  Having had both her daughters attend an outdoor nursery she is keen to continue to expand the benefits of outdoor education through play for preschool and primary school children in the community. Susan qualified in German and international relations from King’s College London and has over 15 years’ experience working in businesses to design & deliver programmes for youth leadership & employment in the Middle East, Europe and China.



Marlon is a teacher and experienced outdoor educator with a passion for the outdoors. Marlon  trained in Denmark where he was highly influenced by both Steiner Waldorf and the Udeskole movement.  These cemented his love for outdoor learning and providing the inspirational approaches that now form the basis of his teaching. Formerly manager for Little Forest Folk Fulham and with experience of working in numerous educational settings, both in the UK and abroad, he has acquired a wide range of skills and knowledge that support his progressive interest in education.

Marlon has a degree in Fine Arts, a postgraduate degree with distinction in Early Years and is currently completing an MA in Education.


Director of Education

Graeme grew up in small rural villages in South East England and on the West Coast of Scotland, spending most of his spare time outdoors. After studying Geography at St Andrew’s University he joined the British Army where between various overseas deployments he continued his passion for outdoor pursuits.

After leaving the Army he retrained as a garden designer but became passionate about outdoor education after watching how beneficial it was for his own two daughters who attended an outdoor nursery.  He has been involved with Wild about Play since the early days and is excited to demonstrate the value we can bring to a child’s wider education and wellbeing through outdoor learning.


Educator and Operations Development

Emily from London has been a teaching for just over 8 years and was drawn to the Early Years for the freedom children have in their early education to be creative and initiate their own learning which is something she is passionate about.

She trained as level 3 forest school leader and loved every aspect of forest school. For Emily there is a sense of peace and tranquility being out in nature. Emily started off working in the holiday camps and watched amazed at how the children including her own were so naturally in touch with nature. From then on she became passionate about all children having a right to outdoor education, particularly for children who have grown up in the city.


Acting Manager

Sylvie developed a passion for the Early Years over 25yrs ago and was lucky enough to have worked with some inspirational Early Years teachers in Richmond Upon Thames. Sylvie spent 9 years in South East Asia as an Early Years Associate and teacher, setting up Early Years schools and mentoring staff.

Since returning to the UK, Sylvie trained as Level 3 Forest School leader to enable her to combine her two great passions: outdoors and early years. Sylvie believes that children learn best when they are given time, tools and opportunities to experiment and explore in their own time and on their own terms. Without the exposure and also opportunity how can we begin to understand our likes and dislikes? She also loves cooking.


Deputy Manager

Originally from Canada, Carla spent her childhood deep in the woods on her parent’s farm, exploring nature with her sisters and friends. She could rarely be found indoors, ending her day filthy, exhausted and excited for what the next day would bring. She trained as a primary school teacher in 1998, with a specialised focus on the early years. Carla loves to teach and she loves to learn!

Carla believes that Forest School is not just learning about nature, it is learning about oneself through nature – developing confidence, imagination and self-esteem.

She believes that Forest School is a stimulating journey of learning and self-discovery – not just for children but for adults too!


Senior Educator

Charlotte joined Wild About Play as the admin lead in October  2019 after learning of our passion for outdoor learning. After graduating with a degree in English, Media and Cultural Studies Charlotte spent 2 years working at the Walt Disney World resort in Florida as a cultural representative of the United Kingdom.

Charlotte spent most of her childhood playing outdoors in local parks and was an avid footballer until injury stopped her from continuing. During her time at university, Charlotte worked at a summer camp in New Hampshire, USA, for two summers where she was a camp counsellor delivering a variety of sessions from swimming to cycling to theatre, which rekindled her love of the outdoors.


Admin Lead


Curious learning and creativity EYFS at WIld About Play

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