wild about playAbout 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.
THE AMAZING WILD ABOUT PLAY TEAM
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.
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.
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.
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!
Growing up near Epping Forest Migs loved playing in between the trees with friends, foraging blackberries and going for bike rides and picnics with her family in the woods.
Migs graduated from University of Sussex in 2012 after studying Development Studies and trained and worked as a Playworker ever since.
In 2020 Migs completed her primary PGCE with Goldsmiths University of London with a specialism in children’s literature and has had a great time working in different schools across South West London.
Migs believe that all children have the right to play and that access to nature and the outdoors. Migs love going camping with her son and still enjoy bike rides, hiking and painting murals.
Christine is originally from Kentish Town in North London and spent her school holidays on her Dad’s farm in the West of Ireland.
She studied English Literature & History of Art at University in Dublin, and then worked as a PA in the creative industries.
She is passionate about alternative education and allowing children to develop their own interests and at their own pace within the natural environment