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Little Forest Folk – Apprentice Early Years Educator

Company Name: Little Forest Folk – Putney

Company Address:
SW15 3TU

Closing date: 31 March 2022

Brief overview of the role: As a Forest Nursery Educator, you’ll be tasked with providing a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for the children, in our beautiful outdoor setting. Working flexibly across teams to create an enabling environment where children can develop and learn through play using their existing skills, experience and passion. 

Apprenticeship summary

Working week: Monday – Friday between 08:00 – 18:00, which are the opening hours of the setting

Total hours per week: 40:00

Weekly wage: £172.00

Expected duration: 15 months

Possible start date: 1 April 2022

Apprenticeship level: 3

Reference number: VAC001810587

Positions: 1 available

About the Employer

Welcome to Little Forest Folk – fully outdoor forest nurseries that immerse two to five-year-olds in nature, helping them become creative, resilient little learners. 

Little Forest Folk was established to give children – including our own – the chance to grow up with a sense of awe and freedom as part of their everyday lives.  Our nurseries connect children back to nature, inspiring them to live a naturally healthy lifestyle that builds resilience, confidence, independence and self-motivation – all the tools they need for a happy and successful life.  

We want to offer this generation the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful outdoors childhood that many of us were fortunate enough to have experienced but that children in London are sadly now missing out on.  

We follow the core Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, and incorporate learning in a safe and secure outdoor environment, where free play, fresh air, exposure to the natural world and physical activity are an integral part of learning.   

Vacancy description

Brief description of responsibilities


Adhere to any relevant Policies about Keeping Children Safe, ongoing safeguarding, 

Equal Opportunities, Data Protection and Confidentiality 

Advise manager/deputy of any concerns, e.g., over children, parents, the safety of the environment, preserving confidentiality as necessary. 

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

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

Ensure good standards of safety, hygiene and cleanliness are always maintained. 

Care & Education: 

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

Be always responsible for high standards of care and education 

Effectively deliver the EYFS ensuring that the individual needs and interests of children in the setting are met (in conjunction with other team members) 

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. 

Develop and maintain strong partnerships and communication with parents/carers and team members to facilitate day-to-day caring and early learning needs. 

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

Other requirements: 

Promote the Little Forest Folk and Outdoor Learning ethos 

Help maintain equipment and resources 

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

Be involved in out of working hours activities, e.g., training, monthly staff meetings, and events 

Be flexible within working practices of the setting, undertaking other responsible duties where needed, such as camp related tasks, preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment, etc. 

Work alongside the manager and staff team to ensure that the setting’s philosophy is 

Be aware of the high profile of the setting and to always uphold its standards, both in work hours and outside 

Due to our nursery being a forest nursery, there are physical demands of this role. 

The work is practical by definition and requires physical effort. The work requires moderate levels of physical effort. It involves lifting and handling training equipment, play, equipment, and other resources and being involved in practical activities and physical care of learners and the physical woodland environment. 

Activities are out of doors, and this will require walking and managing on uneven surfaces and in unpredictable weather conditions. You are required to be a role model for the staff and learners you work with, adhering to the Health & Safety procedures. 

Requirements and prospects 

Desired skills 

Experience of working with young children in either nursery or private care setting 

Experience within an outdoor education environment desirable 

Excellent communication skills 

Personal qualities 

Flexibility and adaptability 

Positive attitude towards early years education 

Passion and creativity 

High-energy and active 

Team player 

Approachable and caring 

Reliable and respectful when interacting with parents, colleagues and the community 

A love of the outdoors 

Desired qualifications 

You must have a solid understanding of GCSE (or equivalent) in maths and English and have ideally attained a Childcare Level 2 qualification and/or previous workplace experience (or equivalent). 

Future prospects

For the successful candidate there is an opportunity for further progression and ongoing employment

Training Provider



Zoe Harrop

Training to be provide

Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeship Standard, which includes:

  • Level 1/2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (if required)
  • End-point assessment (EPA)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Apprenticeship standard: Early Years Educator

Job Category: Early Years
Job Type: Apprenticeship
Job Location: Putney SW15 3TU

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