Deputy Manager for Award-Winning Forest School Nursery

Chiswick Riverside, London (Greater)
£24,000-£25,000 per annum - dependent upon experience
05 Feb 2019
22 Feb 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Are you passionate about early years education, the outdoors and connecting children back to nature? Would you like to be a part of an “Outstanding” outdoor nursery organisation, recognised by the Queen for their innovation?

Come and join our beautiful fully outdoor forest nurseries, where we are providing 2-5 year olds with an exemplary early years learning experience, to help them become the children most likely to succeed in today’s world.

We are looking for a Deputy Nursery Manager with leadership experience, to join one of our exceptional teams in South West London.

The Role

As a Deputy Manager, you will ensure the smooth running of the day in the forest and at the indoor site. Directly reporting to the manager on site, you'll liaise with them daily about logistics, routines and required tasks to support them with daily operations. You will be co-responsible for ensuring the safety, safeguarding and well-being of the children and staff, and will step up to lead teams in the absence of the manager. You will role model and promote the setting's philosophy and ethos, and support the team to provide wonderful and dynamic opportunities for the children to learn and grow.

Location: Chiswick

Salary: £24,000-£25,000, dependent upon experience.

Start: early-mid-April, a 12 month maternity leave cover

What we are looking for in our ideal deputy:

  • A minimum of Early Years Level 3 qualification or QTS/PGCE
  • Experience as a manager or deputy in a nursery setting
  • Forest School training is desirable but not essential
  • A real passion for nature play and engaging children with the outdoors
  • Experience of implementing the EYFS statutory framework
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the safeguarding children obligations
  • Someone who is highly organised, reliable and a driven team-player
  • Strong relationship-building and communication skills to build a rapport with parents and practitioners alike
  • The ability to adapt quickly to changes, is flexible and uses initiative

We believe in looking after the people who look after our children, so our educators enjoy a range of perks such as;

  • 28 days annual leave, inclusive of public holidays
  • 1 additional day of annual leave after each full year of employment
  • A day off on your birthday – everyone should spend their birthday eating cake, not at work
  • The opportunity to work for a week in the beautiful Tuscany
  • Competitive salaries
  • Funded Level 3 Forest School Qualification
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Professional development and in house training with leading names in the Early Childhood industry
  • A fit, healthy, active job
  • Discounts at our favourite outdoor retailers

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would like to join our exciting venture.

To learn more about what we do at Little Forest Folk, feel free to find us on Facebook or try our website on Should you have any questions about the role, we'd love to hear from you!

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