Little Forest Folk

Position : Nursery Manager

Contact : Leanna Barrett

Email :

Closing date for applications : 2 March 2015

Salary : up to £35k per year plus bonus

Location : South West London

If you feel you are ready for a new challenge and a move into an exciting enterprise please send your CV and a short covering letter to

Job description: Little Forest Folk is looking for a Nursery Manager.

We are an exciting and forward thinking company offering a new type of childcare for families in London. Our aim is to address the increasing disconnect between children and nature, so we have opened London’s first full-time outdoor children’s nursery. Our children spend most of the time playing in a safe and secure outdoor area near Wimbledon. We are getting busier and busier and now require a full-time Manager.  This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be at the cutting edge of a new kind of childcare.

Key responsibilities:

  • Main point of contact for parents
  • Development and implementation of policies
  • Management of 5 to 10 full and part time staff: rosters, hours, leave, administration, etc
  • Ensuring regulatory compliance
  • Remain abreast of current developments in childcare and education policies and practices
  • Facilitate Ofsted inspections and to implement any recommendations
  • Staff appraisals and development
  • Reporting to Managing Director

Person specification : Our prospective Manager must have a minimum of Level 3 NVQ in childcare, an understanding of the EYFS and be DBS checked. They must have managed other nursery settings (of up to 30 children), including staff. The Manager must be an excellent communicator, be well organised to manage and organise staff.  Ideally they should have a strong affinity for the outdoors and be happy to spend the majority of time in an outdoor forest setting.

In addition to the above, the following attributes will be considered favourably:

  • Forest School Association qualification
  • More than 2 years experience as a manager or deputy manager of a nursery with 30 or more children per day
  • Experience in managing other staff, including designing rosters, allocating tasks and organising activities
  • Good references from current/previous employers and parents
  • Food hygiene certificate
  • Paediatric first aid certificate
  • A valid driver’s licence

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