Early Years Forest Nursery Practitioner/Teacher (New Site Opening April 2021)

Liberty Woodland SchoolSurrey, South West London

Has the current pandemic made you reassess how you want to teach and the environment you want to teach in? Come and join the future of education in the UK by joining our innovative and highly successful organisation where children’s learning and development takes place fully outdoors, developing happy, safe, healthy children and teachers with high levels of well-being.

As a Forest Nursery Educator, you’ll be tasked with providing a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for the children aged 2-5 years, in our beautiful outdoor setting. You’ll work with your team to create an enabling environment where children can develop and learn through play. You’ll use your existing skills, experience and passion for outdoor education to deliver a fantastic experience for our children, promote our ethos and help to make Little Forest Folk the best it can be.

Our Educators inspirational and passionate about self-directed education within a natural environment. In this exciting role, you’ll work in the forest with our children supporting them every day in their fun, learning and development. You’ll help to:

• Conduct daily reflections with the children and educators on their learning and experience that day to use for future environment planning

• Resource the forest sites daily according to children’s interests

• Monitor, evaluate and review the quality of learning and teaching at Little Forest Folk

• Complete a weekly retrospective planning sheet to document the children’s learning

• Quality assess observations and assessments of development

Key Responsibilities


1. Adhere to any relevant policies about keeping children safe, ongoing safeguarding, equal opportunities, data protection and confidentiality,

2. Read, understand and adhere to all policies and procedures relevant to your role and the safe running of the setting

3. Keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families or other staff that is acquired as part of the job

4. Ensure good standards of safety, hygiene and cleanliness are maintained at all times

Care & Education

1. Supervise, observe, mentor and support children aged 2-5

2. Be responsible at all times for high standards of care and education

3. Effectively support the EYFS ensuring that the individual needs and interest of children in the setting are met (in conjunction with other team members)

4. Ensure the provision of a high quality environment to meet the needs of individual children having an awareness of any disabilities, family cultures and medical histories.

5. Keep records of your key children’s development and learning journeys and share with parents, practitioners and other key adults in the child’s life.

6. Develop and maintain strong partnerships and communication with parents/practitioners to facilitate day-to-day caring and early learning needs.

7. As a management team, ensure children’s developmental learning journeys are tracked and documented appropriately.


1. Assist in operating the Little Forest Folk site set-up to include, carry out a risk assessment, ensure logistics are communicated e.g. ensure food/snacks, activities and walk-outs are done in time

2. Assist in operating the Little Forest Folk indoor site to include, changing waterproof clothes of children, dinner, planning of activities as well as staff breaks and closing of the nursery are done in time

3. Assist the manager and deputy manager in signing in staff in the morning and preparing the lockboxes as well as signing out staff in the evening and filing documents

4. Assist the manager and deputy manager in ensuring children are signed in and out on a register in the morning and evening

5. Help maintain equipment and resources to include regular auditing of equipment for staff including bags, first aid kit, sunscreen and individual first aid kits and other supplies including nappies, kitchen roll, toilet paper, soap and any other items required daily.

Team Management

1. Support all staff and play a key part in keeping team morale high

2. Be responsible for mentoring staff in planning and documenting children’s learning

3. Give regular feedback on development of team members to the deputy and manager

4. Actively participate in team meetings


• A relevant early years/teaching qualification for the role (PGCE, BA Education/primary/early years, QTS.) in an advantage.

• Experience of working in a nursery/private day care setting, preferably as a room leader or senior Practitioner

• Preferable experience within outdoor education environment (desirable)

• Knowledge and experience of working within and implementing the EYFS statutory framework

• Knowledge and understanding of the safeguarding children obligations

Personal Attributes

• Highly organized, driven and motivated team-player

• Ability to adapt quickly to changes and interact with children, team-members and parents for different purposes and different contexts

• Approachable and caring with a passion for working with children and the outdoors

• Passionate and enthusiastic about monitoring/tracking children’s learning and development and supporting educators to do so as well.

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