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 have always had a passion for early years and working outdoors, and the opportunity to combine both is hugely rewarding. I have 10 years experience working with children and families since completing my HNC in Early Education and Childcare in 2005. I have since gained vast experience in outdoor play, earning roles such as Outdoor Play Coordinator and helping to establish and develop an outdoor play setting. Last year I graduated from strathclyde university with my childhood studies degree!
It is an absolute privilege to be given the opportunity to lead such a passionate group of individuals and support children in their early development in such beautiful surroundings. I strongly believe in the benefits of allowing children to play and learn in a challenging outdoor environment.
(Manager, Maternity Cover)
I have always enjoyed working in the outdoors, so working at Woodland Outdoor Kindergartens seemed the ideal job! I was not disappointed! I really enjoy being part of the kindergarten, where children are encouraged to be creative, take managed risks and develop a can-do attitude.
I have recently completed my SVQ Children’s Care Learning and Development, which has given me a deeper insight into how Curriculum for Excellence provides a wonderful opportunity for creative use of the outdoors to offer motivating, exciting and relevant learning for pre-school children.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and playing golf and football.
Having grown up in a small village, I have always enjoyed outdoor activities and have fond memories of my childhood making mud pies and climbing trees with my dad. I pursued a career in childcare as I am always full of energy and enjoy contributing to children’s learning.
Since completing my HNC in Early Education and Childcare I have gained valuable experience working with pre-school children and am now delighted to be working in the woods where the children can experience fresh air, freedom and learn about nature.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching films and spending time with my family.
After gaining my HNC in Early Education and Childcare, I worked at a summer camp for underprivileged inner city children in the state of New York. The camp was rural and gave me a great appreciation for outdoor education.
After returning to Scotland, I felt that Woodland Outdoor Kindergartens was the perfect place to continue my passion for outdoor learning. I am delighted to be part of the team and feel privileged to be able to contribute to the education and care of pre-school children.
I am fortunate to have had a rural upbringing, so have appreciated and enjoyed the outdoors from an early age.
I was so excited to become a practitioner at WOK – to be part of such a passionate team and to promote real life learning within a natural and stimulating environment. I have as much fun as the children in the woods….! I have now completed an SVQ in Children’s Care Learning and Development and have a special interest in Additional Support for Learning.
In my spare time I enjoy countryside walks, horse riding, listening to music and looking after my niece.
I have always had a passion for the outdoors from a very young age as I spent most of my childhood outside playing and believe this is the best way for children to learn and develop. I completed my HNC in Early Education and Childcare, having based my course work around outdoor learning. I enjoy helping the children create dens and taking them on adventures through the woods to help them find the Gruffalo and the snow monsters! In my spare time I enjoy going camping, taking my dog out on long walks and exploring new places.
I am extremely honoured to be part of the WOK team as I love that the children are learning in an ever changing natural environment and get to experience the seasons as they change.
I have an SVQ 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and appreciate the value and importance of outdoor play, fresh air and exercise which help develop children mentally and physically. I enjoy my work with Woodland Outdoor Kindergartens and love exploring new camps in the woods.
Outside of work I am a family man and enjoy spending time with my daughter, playing sport, socialising, foreign travel and exploring new places, walking and gardening.
I have always been incredibly passionate about early years childcare and education. In 2015 I graduated from Durham University with a first class degree in Education studies. During my university course, I undertook various placements working with children of various ages and abilities. I particularly enjoyed a placement which focused on working with children with additional support needs. This taught me the importance of recognising the needs of each individual child.
I am delighted to be part of WOK. I think the nursery has a fantastic ethos and I am very motivated to upkeep their dedication to GIRFEC. The children and staff at Woodlands never fail to put a smile on my face!
As a child growing up in the countryside, all I can remember is the many hours spent outside, looking for the best den to camp out in or the nobbliest tree to get to the top of! I moved to Glasgow a few years ago to do my Philosophy degree, and since graduating have been so grateful for the opportunity to revisit that joy, day in and day out, taking children to Pollok Park and watching their inquisitive, creative and adventurous ways develop in such a beautiful setting.
My favourite thing about WOK is the incredible conversations that I both observe between children and have with them myself. Its such a breath of fresh air to constantly be surrounded by such optimistic young minds.
I am very interested in child education and play, and find being around children and learning alongside them the most rewarding thing I have done in my career so far. I studied Fine Art at University but have always worked with children alongside my practice as an artist. I feel strongly that intelligence and curiosity can be explored most thoroughly through hands-on experience and self directed play.
I believe that children should spend more time outdoors getting to know and appreciate nature and having more direct experiences with the world around them. I don’t think there can be much better than studying what is in front/all around us, directly impacting the way we feel and see. For these reasons it is a privilege and an honour to have joined the team at WOK.
I first met everyone at WOK last year, when I joined the team whilst studying NC Childcare & Early Education. This year I am studying my HNC and I couldn’t have been happier when asked to come and work part-time as I continue my studies.
I grew up in the countryside for most of my childhood and was given so much freedom and encouraged to be independent. Growing up as an only child, it was important for me to learn to make the most of the outdoors so WOK seemed like the perfect place for this to be passed on to other children. I believe children being able to explore the outdoors is such a valuable part of their development.
I have always loved working outdoors and believe that it is the best way for children to build their confidence and grow.
I am currently completing my SVQ 3 in Social Services (Young People in Childcare). I returned from living in Australia in October 2016 and since then have spent my spare time exploring Scotland and enjoying walks with my dog.
I love being part of the W.O.K team and love that the children have the chance to get outdoors in a fun and safe environment.
I started working at WOK after moving to Glasgow. I was hoping to get involved in a variety of new projects and WOK has been incredibly rewarding in loads of ways. I studied art at Edinburgh College of Art which set me up to be interested in working with people through workshops and sharing ideas, and I’m really enjoying getting to work with children in such an exciting environment. Letting the children direct their own learning means seeing Pollok park from their point of view, which throws up all sorts of unexpected wonders.