wild about play

About Us

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.

THE TEAM

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.

SUSAN SANDOUKA HUSEMEYER

Founder

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.

MARLON GIBBONS

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.

GRAEME THIRDE

Educator and Operations Development

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.

SYLVIE LE PILLIER

Acting/Deputy Manager

Morwenna grew up in the outdoors of the Cotswolds. After training and working as a Primary School Teacher, Morwenna made the move to outdoor education and is passionate about bringing the freedom and exploration she experienced to all children.

Morwenna has over three years of experience working in outdoors nurseries, as an Educational Leader and Deputy Manager. She particularly loves getting messy with arts and crafts activities and bringing music to the forest through singing and playing the ukulele. Morwenna believes that nature is the perfect environment for learning through play, giving children the opportunity to learn at their own pace and take safe risks to enhance and motivate their learning.

MORWENNA MURRAY

Deputy Manager

Kris is a talented artist trained at Central St Martins in Children’s Book Illustration after graduating from a degree in Psychology.

With years of experience teaching arts and crafts in a wide range of settings, Kris has a diverse range of skills to offer at Wild about Play.

Experienced in Montessori methods and also uses multiple materials when sparking children’s imagination and ensures to follow their lead.

Kris loves the great outdoors and is always inspired by nature.  Our creative lead is always full of ideas. Kris brings energy, passion and also a relaxed atmosphere to our WaP sessions and encourages our explorers to use natural resources to create inspired pieces of art.

KRIS MACHIN

Creative Leader and 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.

CHARLOTTE CUNNINGHAM

Admin Lead

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