Meet the Sensory Land team

Casey Downie - Campbell

Creator, Founder, Baby Massage instructor, Baby yoga instructor, Messy play Activity class leader.

Casey’s background in child care comes from her time spent working as a Nanny, Maternity Nurse, Creche and Children’s Centre assistant. She began working with children when through her love of dance and performing she trained to be a Ballet teacher in 2009. She loved working with the children but due to an injury was forced to stop Ballet.

With an adventurous childhood playing out in the garden making mud pies and perfume from her mums flowers she had always found pleasure in stripped back simple games. With limited access to technology an empty cardboard box or washing basket could provide hours of entertainment for her active imagination.

Today she thinks technology is a great tool and allows for much fun and entertainment as well as education for today’s modern children. However, in creating Sensory Land she really wanted to explore the idea of imagination, make believe and sensory play. With the help of the Princes Trust she trialled Sensory Land (at the time referred to as Sensory Station) as an imaginative sensory story telling company in 2015. After carefully tweaking at that idea she officially launched the business in 2017 as Activity classes. She has gone on to expand the business and bring elements that are really important to the character of the business drawing from her experiences working closely with families as a nanny and maternity nurse.

Jadie Campbell-Aplin

Messy Play Activity class creator and assistant.

Jadie’s career in childcare began at the early age of 16, inspired by her mother who was a childminder, Jadie loved being around children so trained as a children’s sports coach. She went on to develop her childcare skills as childminding assistant, creche and nursery worker and later on as a nanny.

Who else is involved?

Luckily for us we have a large family most of whom have worked in some form of childcare, head teacher, early years teacher, family support officer, nursery assistant to name a few. Between us we have a wealth of knowledge in our sector ensuring we provide fun, safe, educational classes.


Engaging parent and baby classes in South West London


Our Mission

To provide a happy, fun, safe environment for local families to spend special time with their children. Through a variety of classes both parents and children are able to learn, bond and explore their curiosities. Classes are as beneficial to grown ups as they are their children. Thy are a great way to make friends, become part of a buzzing and welcoming community and have a good time.

My 3 year old toddler keeps reminding me every week to take her to messy play activity classes at Sensory Land! There’s no other place she’d rather be. She loves the weekly themes, the songs, games, dancing, story times and best of all the awesome messy play time!
— Vasena Rodgers

What we've Achieved since our launch in 2017

  • Connect local families and help nurture new friendships

  • Reassure new parents and help them find their feet.

  • Taught hundreds of local families the benefits of baby massage.

  • Created a warm, friendly, approachable, network of families.

  • Get dad’s involved in classes and home routines.

  • Included local families into a group environment.

  • Helped tackle ailments in little babies such as crippling colic, wind and constipation.

  • Taught many families Baby Yoga and helped them reap the benefits

  • Educate older children in fun ways.

  • Prepare older children for nursery and school

  • Help to expand creativity in both children and grown ups.

  • Through simple sign language helped many pre-verbal children communicate.

  • Through the use of song encouraged movement and communication in your children

  • Helped fussy eaters come to terms with mess, different textures and sensations

  • Inspired and entertained children

  • Kept hundreds of local families entertained and busy with regular weekly classes