My name is Gwenllian (a full time mother of three) and my husband is Craig - a former teacher, now qualified carpenter. We are Landscapes for Learning Ltd (formally Mud Kitchens Wales ltd).
We started Landscapes for Learning (formally Mud Kitchens Wales) after a chance conversation with a friend of ours - a teacher working within a primary school based in Cardiff. She told us that her school recently had a disappointing inspection due to the lack of "outdoor, messy, exploratory play opportunities".
This result, however, was somewhat out of their control as the resources designed to cater for this aspect of essential early-years learning and mandatory inspection process were way beyond their school's very modest budget.
We researched the markets and found lots of "pallet projects" that were constructed to turn over a quick quid, but with no consideration for longevity, safety or suitable ergonomic design.
At the other end of the scale we found large companies charging exorbitant prices way beyond the budgets of cash-strapped primary schools, nurseries and day care centres. This limited them to just one piece of equipment between two or three classes and parents wanting to support their children's learning at home.
Having a background working with children with additional learning needs, Craig was aware of the educational benefits of sensory play. Craig was sure he could design and build an outdoor exploratory learning station to a high standard and at an affordable price.
Being the size we are we can keep our prices very competitive yet offer the high quality of a trained and time-served carpenter.
Using only pressure treated timbers & galvanised screws complying with RoSPA recommendations our products are built to last in any weather and durable enough for even the most enthusiastic mud slinger!
We now supply parents, primary schools and other early years educational settings across the UK and Ireland. We are currently expanding our product range to include: Explorers Tables, Buddy benches, Water walls, Ovens and more to accompany our unique Mud Kitchens.
We would love to hear if you are interested in working with us, to discuss the possibility of purchasing from Landscapes 4 Learning, or simply helping to promote exploratory play.
Gwen and Craig