We are Alison Latta and Debbie Simmers, the founders of Woodland Outdoor Kindergartens. We have been best friends since meeting at Primary School, 30 years ago! We have fond memories of playing outside as children, in particular for long periods of time with minimal adult intervention and direction. Our parents allowed us to explore freely in our gardens, back lanes and beyond without the need for planned activities and gadgets to keep us occupied. We had dens and hide-outs and established our own clubs and games. We got muddy and only came home when we were hungry.
We now both have our own families and understand the importance of a child’s early years first hand. In 2009, we established the South Side Kindergarten with a vision of recreating our positive childhood experiences for the next generation. Our children have enjoyed the benefits of our outdoor kindergarten and we hope your children will too.