The East London Play and Learning Collective

Established: 2021

Gamechangers is a self directed learning and democratic community in a facilitated environment

We are based in an adventure playground in East London and it is for home educated children aged 6 - 12 years. It runs two days per week during school hours.  We are committed to equity, with an emphasis on play and consent.  A place where children are free to choose how and what they learn, without their parents. Where all voices are heard and respected and where children can practice balancing their own individual needs and collective needs of their community. Gamechangers is a not for profit community interest company.

Self directed 

All individuals deserve a respectful, nurturing education which upholds their human rights and gives them freedom. We believe in unshackling learning from standardised testing and age based goals.

Play based

We trust children’s natural curiosity, intuition and their drive to play.


We trust our collaborative dynamics by making use of consent, democratic governance and nonviolent communication.


We recognise that all education is political. We trust that balance between autonomy and solidarity can be created. We rate equity over equality and strive for maximum accessibility.

Our Vision

To offer to our young people the empowerment and responsibility of a nonhierarchical and empathetic, self directed education within a community.

As a community we develop a culture of connection and communication. These relationships based on trust, safety and empathy create a sense of belonging and support our members to thrive. The self directed journey of each individual cultivates curiosity and critical thinking, embodies pleasurable learning and enables all to reach their full potential.

Within the setting, the core team and the wider community of parents we practise and uphold our principles. Our collaboration has clear policies and a dynamic functionality. We recognise, value and contribute to the support within that. We are interrelated with the local community and other self directed learning communities.

Who We Are

We are people who want to change the world by changing the face of education.

We're a group of home educating families who are working together to build a sustainable, accessible learning environment. We live in East London and have been working on this project since 2019. 

Open Day 
Thursday 24th March 2022 12-2pm 
Weavers Adventure Playground, Viaduct Street, E2 0BH 

Join Gamechangers for some fun on our wonderful site. 

Learn more about our two-days-a-week setting for home educated children aged 6–12 in East London.

Parents and young people will have the opportunity to ask questions about how Gamechangers works and about self-directed education and play-based learning.  The session will be held during our regular open hours, so you can get an idea of how our learning community runs. You will have the opportunity to play on the equipment, meet the facilitators and current Gamechangers, as well as talk with parents from our community. 

We will provide snacks, drinks, and an open fire to keep warm.

The next intake will be at the start of the Spring term. Currently, we are operating from a waiting list and are accepting applications of interest.

To reserve your spot on the open day send us an email to


How can my child join?

Applying for a place

Applications for Gamechangers are currently open.  We have space for a minimum of 10 children and a maximum of 15 at present.  Please email or fill out the form below for an application form.

We will be open Wednesdays & Thursdays, and there is a sliding scale of fees depending on family income (Price per day £25 - £55, please see our information page to find out more). 

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