Our Ideals

Each of our journeys are unique, but Wayfinder families hold the same spirit at heart, believing at our core that:


Children are competent explorers and natural learners

Free play

Free play is an important learning tool for everyone

Set goals

Children can set their own goals and evaluate outcomes

Learn faster

Children learn faster when following their interests


Treating children with respect allows them to flourish


Living as part of a community makes a difference

The Wayfinder Adults

We have two dedicated Wayfinder facilitators present to maintain a safe learning space on Monday through Wednesday, and a rota of Wayfinder family parents who volunteer their time.

Mike Woolfe

Mike Woolfe

Mike is a Wayfinder parent who interned during the last year at Small Acres mastering the intricacies of supporting democratic learning and facilitated the smooth transition into our new project.

Mike is a level 3 Forest School teacher and has taught in variety of establishments and situations. He is a film maker, jewellery and light maker.

The Wayfinders love having a male role model and sparring with him. Mike will skateboard with you, lead you on a bug-finding expedition and regale you with tales of our wonderful world.

Annie Ehresmann

Annie Ehresmann

Annie was a founding teacher and co-creator of Small Acres Democratic School. She has joined The Wayfinder Project for this next chapter and is the pillar of our democratic culture. She brings 25 years experience of working with children and families in both community settings and schools and has in-depth training in self-directed education - both as a teacher/facilitator and a parent.

Annie specialises in visual arts and crafts and provides a space to explore, experiment and develop self expression using mixed media. Observational drawing, printmaking and working with clay being a few current favourites.

Annie is always observing and supporting, holding our wayfinding space with a gentle and considered understanding of everyone's needs.

The Wayfinder Project's outdoor space

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 West Norwood, London SE19 1RS

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