Simon Bateson

Co-Director (Froebelian Futures) & Research Associate (Froebel MSc)


I am a Co-director of Froebelian Futures, an international training and research programme which aims to develop and deepen Froebelian pedagogy and leadership in Scotland and beyond. I also support research and teaching with the School of Education on Froebel, social justice and the early years. Alongside my University roles I work as a practitioner with young children at Cowgate Under 5s nursery in Edinburgh, Scotland's national Froebelian practice hub. I have a diverse leadership background in the arts, social justice and environmental sectors in Scotland. I have served on a number of third sector boards, and am the founder of the Scottish social change charity, Take One Action.



Forest Kindergarten Leader, SVQF 8, FOLA (2020).

Social Services - Children and Young People, SVQF Level 8 (2019).

Certficate in Froebel and Early Childhood, The University of Edinburgh (2019).

Certificate in Leadership, Institute for Leadership and Management (2015).

MA (Hons) in English Literature, The University of Edinburgh (2004).

Responsibilities & affiliations

Lifetime fellowship, The Royal Scottish Geographic Society (2017).

Seedbed Fellowship for social change leaders (2016).

The List “Top 100” cultural figures and organisations (for Take One Action, 2018 & 2011).