At Woodland Outdoor Kindergartens, we strive to provide a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment for children to learn and grow. Each member of our staff team is carefully selected as a result of their knowledge, experience, motivation and personality. Before meeting the children, new staff have PVG Scheme Record check and we obtain two written professional references. All of our staff team have completed first aid, child protection and a period of woodland training in order that they are aware of health and safety issues relating to childcare and activities in the outdoor learning environment. All staff are registered with the SSSC or other appropriate regulatory body.
I love being part of the WOK team. I find it really exciting to come to work and explore the woods with the children every day. I think the woodland environment offers such a range of enriching experiences. Since joining the team and having the opportunity to see the children have fun and learn through a natural environment has changed my views on how children learn. It’s great seeing how the woodland environment can offer the children real and valuable learning experiences and I cherish being able to see them develop their confidence and independence.
I am a qualified practitioner with a PDA Childhood Studies and I am currently at university studying BA Childhood Practice. In my spare time I enjoy reading and taking my two dogs on woodland walks.
While studying my BA in Childhood Studies and my PGCE in Primary Education, I learnt a lot about the benefits of play and outdoor education. I was so happy when I discovered that this existed in the form of WOK. I really believe that the woodland environment allows the children so many opportunities to grow in confidence and independence, as well as develop a great sense of physical and emotional well-being. I enjoy being part of a great staff team, heading out to the woods every day, no matter the weather, and seeing what the changing environment has to offer
My eyes have been opened since working for WOK! I see childcare in a different light and love to see the benefits the outdoors can bring to a child’s development and learning.
I have worked with children of all ages since 2007, I worked as a youth worker and indoor nursery practitioner up on Shetland, where I am originally from. This is where I also completed my BA Child and Youth Studies with University of the Highlands and Islands.
My favourite thing about WOK is of course the environment – its challenging, ever changing and offers natural materials for imagination play! WOK is the first child led practice I’ve worked in and I am seeing the benefits it brings to each child.
I first heard about WOK before I started college and I remember being fascinated about the idea of outdoor learning. Now two years later, after finishing my HNC in Early Education and Childcare, I am so glad to be working at WOK. Everyday in the woods is different. I love the outdoor environment and all that it has to offer for the children. It is wonderful seeing the children connecting with nature. The outdoor environment helps to build their resilience and also provides them with challenges that promote self esteem and the development of problem solving skills. The natural environment is also great for imaginative play. I love seeing how the children grow in confidence as they explore play with their peers.
Having spent the last six years as a WOK ‘mum’ and with first hand experience of the impact the kindergarten has on both a child’s learning and life experience, I am delighted to have now joined the staff team.
I have always been fascinated by the way children learn and absorb information and believe children are physical learners, and through their time in the woods it is easy to see the children’s confidence, problem solving and physical abilities grow and develop. As a team member I am constantly in awe of the children’s relationship with their surroundings, their ability to adapt and their imaginations. It is an honour to both witness and be invited into their world of play each day.
I have always enjoyed working in Early Years and spending time outdoors. I am delighted to be able to do both at WOK.
I have experience of working with children of different ages in Scotland and France, and have worked in a wide range of childcare settings. I have a Post Grad in Primary Education and have recently completed an HNC Early Education and Childcare, basing my Graded Unit on Outdoor Learning.
Working at Woodland Outdoor Kindergarten is a joy and I am privileged to have the opportunity to see the children flourish, growing in confidence, with a sense of well-being as they explore the beautiful outdoor environment and learn in a fun, informal way, spending time in nature with their friends.
My role at WOK is something I treasure every day. I attended an outdoor kindergarten and Steiner School in Denmark for my primary education, there was a huge emphasis on children’s mental and physical wellbeing, as well as allowing the child to take responsibility for themselves. The experiences I had there are some of my most precious memories. I believe attending WOK creates these kinds of moments for the children.
The role of nature in WOK is important to me and why I sought a role here. Nature is so vital to us humans and to develop a bond, an understanding, so early on is so important. To know all that nature is, positive and negative, rather than to be afraid of it – children are amazing at adapting to new environments and it is truly a joy to witness.