Sandfield Natural Play Centre

Sandfield House

Lickers Lane



L35 3SR

Telephone 0151 426 6262

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“Thank you very much for the time you spent showing me around Sandfield last week. I have visited before and always been profoundly impressed by the consistency of the child centered approach and confidence of the children.  This time you explained the principles and philosophy of the setting, and what struck me was not only the rich environment, but also the attention to detail, the relevance of underpinning philosophy and the commitment of yourself and staff.


What's more the two students that I came to see just love being there!” Rob  -Edge Hill University


Heather – Edge Hill University

..Observing how confident the children are in investigating and exploring. How staff encourage independence and problem solving but are not overbearing. I have valued the experience and will take away your unique ideas to inspire my own setting. Nothing to Improve- Amazing!



Olivia -Evans -UEP Edge Hill

The staff are so helpful and informative. All of the setting is almost like a dream, it was an unforgettable experience!

Karen–Lecturer Edge Hill University

The revolutionary experience for students of seeing how children can thrive in an outdoor environment and how it will inspire them in their future practice. The experience should have a lasting impact for future generations of children.

Carol – Early Childhood Ireland ECCE Mentor

An oasis of slowliness, engagement and a family of children. An inspiring place to visit, thank you

Rebecca - work with various settings under ‘Spaceout’

Utterly wonderful setting. Particularly enjoyed the calm, low key presence of the staff. The physical environment is of course, perfect.


Ann - Olrey Infant Academy

Wonderful to have lunch outdoors with your children in such a relaxed environment. The passion/vision you have translates to what we saw- children/staff learning together. I loved Ann’s comment when we came to a log ‘that’s were we usually do phonics’  Inspirational Practice!

Beth -Nature Nurture Aberdeen

It was a wonderful couple of hours and felt like we had stepped into an oasis of calm and relaxation. The spaces you have created, inside and out, both with and for the children have been greatly inspiring and left me with lots to think about and consider for my own practice.

April - Edge Hill Uni EYTS study visit

Everything today was useful, creativity stems from children’s interest. The children’s confidence and independence is unbelievable. Loved every minute! The setting is fantastic. I will apply my new found knowledge in my current setting.

Laura – Edge Hill Uni EYTS study visit

It was really good to experience such a variety of learning experiences outdoors, really useful to see risky play. Seeing a setting based around the home with a proper kitchen. Also great to see children’s freedom in their outdoor space and them around the campfire, using campfire rules and making lunch.

Corrine - Edge Hill University student

I love how confident and happy the children are! Very Inspiring, I like all the natural materials!! Best Setting I have ever been to!! Well Done

Helen – St Edmund’s NSCC, Bradford

The ‘slowliness’ , the environment both inside and out, the ’positive’ enthusiastic staff have made this visit a brilliant, informative and inspirational day- thank you  ( & lunch was fab too!)

Rachel– Teacher St Mary and St Paul’s C of E Primary School

I just feel so privileged. Thank you so much for making us feel so welcome in your beautiful, informative, natural setting. Lunch cooked on the campfire- wow!! Such a beautiful place. So calm and relaxing. A truly inspirational place – A British nursery paving the way!!!

C Davies- Family Learning Wirral

Lovely for you to share the good practice you do here and how relaxed and informal the setting is.

Verle – Belgium

Thank you for happiness outside!

Bart – Belgium

Thank you – you gave me a “lucky day”

Gabriella – Portugal

The few days at Sandfield have been very important for my personal and professional growth. It was amazing to see the children outside, climbing trees, or playing in the mud kitchen