Our Story

School of Play was founded by close friends and colleagues Ryan Harris and Sophie Wolfendale in 2019. Their story began over 10 years ago when they first worked together in the kids club at David Lloyd Trafford.  They developed a tremendous connection that stemmed from having a passion for providing exceptional childcare.

In 2016, Ryan set up our coaching company School of Sport, whilst Sophie gave birth and became a working mum to her now 5-year-old little boy. A year later, Sophie came into the business, bringing with her valuable knowledge in the childcare industry.

After coaching sport in primary schools for several years, both Ryan and Sophie noticed the need for a high-quality wraparound childcare provider that would have a real focus around the team of people providing the care, and would consistently deliver more than expected.

They both share the same values that guide the organisation and continuously ensure the whole team are buying into their ethos of over-delivering. These values provide a framework for decision making and are integrated into every area of the company.

Our People First Approach

We operate a people-first approach and we believe loving your job is a right, not a privilege. Our team are at the heart of what we do, and we understand the quality of our colleagues has the greatest impact on the quality of our care. It is our job to look after our people to a high standard, and in return, they will look after the children the same way.

Our work culture is an aspect of our company that we feel very proud of. As our organisation has progressed, we have watched our team create wonderful workplace friendships that benefit the consistent communication between colleagues and their willingness to work hard together, which benefits our team as a whole and aids in the personal growth and development of the individual.

You don't build a business, you build people.

Core Values

No Passion, No Point

Excellence Is A Promise

To Go Far, Go Together

Challenge Convention

Lead By Our Actions

Our Journey

A home away from home