Muddy Puddle Teacher Ltd’s Sarah Seaman reflects on how Launchpad’s support has helped them to upskill and develop their business.

Tell us about your company

The Muddy Puddle Teacher Ltd is a publishing, consultancy and training company that specialises in outdoor learning for nurseries and schools in the UK and internationally.

When did you first decide to start up on your own and what inspired you?

I had been a teacher for around 11 years and had my eyes opened to the potential of outdoor learning at a Forest School training course. I recognised the significant improvement between my teaching and the learning of the children around me, especially for those who had special educational needs and disabilities.

At this point, I took myself out of teaching and decided to give it a shot. It started as a small toddler class in the woods in Mosborough and after three months I had gained 30,000 followers on Facebook.  I then started to create my own outdoor learning approach, leading to the consultancy and training part of my business where I train whole schools and nurseries.

How has Launchpad helped you?

In 2021 I was awarded the MP HERo Award which made me recognise my need to start thinking like a businesswoman and begin upskilling myself.

Launchpad has helped me to achieve this with a wealth of support, knowledge, and guidance. Christina has been so caring and understanding, and this has been great for my confidence and belief that I am going to achieve my dream!

What are your hopes and aims for the business?

In April 2022 I will have my first book out with Bloomsbury: Outdoor Education for Early Years Practitioners. I also appear weekly on BBC Radio Sheffield every Saturday at 12.15pm, giving tips and tricks to families.

I would love to see every single teacher in the UK trained up as a Muddy Puddle Teacher and deliver a curriculum that includes all learner types and encourages every child to thrive in their own way.

Launchpad advisor Christina Lima Trindade said: “Taking Sarah through our Launchpad start-up programme is exciting. Sarah is not only doing a business in education, it’s a game changer and can influence the way our children are taught, her business is very innovative and creates incredible results for both children and teachers. I’m so thrilled Sarah launched her business in Sheffield, a lot of our schools have green spaces, and we have 80 parks, 650 other green spaces, 80 ancient woodlands and 180 woods in total. It’s a bountiful resource that we have and the results speak for themselves.

“Stop dreaming and do it. Contact us for information now on 03330 00 00 39 or email growthhub@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk.”

Launchpad is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund meaning there is no cost to the entrepreneur, so we can get straight to work on turning those dreams into reality.