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Janet Packer

space time and freedom to play

Co-founder of Outdoors Thinking alongside Professor Jan White and Liz Edwards.

Janet is committed to providing the best possible opportunities for children, including two of her own.

She loves to travel and has visited many countries, renowned for raising happy, confident children, such as Denmark and Iceland and has used this knowledge in creating her own nursery.

She has over 20 years’ experience in Early Years, working in schools, nurseries and universities, as well as forest schools and provides consultancy and training in play and learning outdoors.

Her passion has always been to give children the space, time and freedom to play and to provide the experiences that will enable them to grow into confident and creative individuals who will care for each other and for the world they live in.


Janet is also Co-Founder of Growing Wild, Barnsley's first outdoor nursery.

Growing Wild offers a unique outdoor learning experience where children can have adventures every day and experience all that nature can teach them, in a happy secure environment.

Meeting cows