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Outdoor Nursery Manager

Surrey Hills Forest School Ltd
Birtley House, Bramley. Nr Guildford
£18.50Ph, 24hrs a week. 08;30am-4:30pm Monday and Friday, 08:30-1:30pm Wednesday. term time
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Contract Type
Part Time

Forest School Manager Job Description                                                                                                                Image result for surrey hills forest school

Reports to: Owner

Duties and Responsibilities

To ensure overall responsibility for the effective daily management of the Surrey Hills Forest School. To have a sound knowledge of all Policies, Procedures, Statutory Welfare Requirements and Ofsted expectations and ensure that these are maintained at all times. To be a role model to the staff team. Be able to showcase high quality practice with regards to individual and group work with children, dealing with staff and parent issues as they arise. Overall responsibility for the safety, security and well-being of all children, staff and visitors at all times. To lead the Forest School to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ grading with Ofsted. To complete a rigorous action plan that supports the development of areas set out in the Forest School vision. To embrace and promote Surrey Hills Forest School and to understand the role you play as a leader of the team in providing high levels of care and education. Performance Requirements


Be proactive in forecasting occupancy levels, staff retention and make appropriate decisions in relation to staffing. To reinforce Surrey Hills policies and procedures at all times and deal with any breaches swiftly and in an appropriate manner. Lead on safer recruitment and ensure Surrey Hills Forest School policies are followed throughout the recruitment process. Ensure a full induction, ongoing regular contact and probation reviews with new employees, offering any support and guidance and addressing performance concerns as required. Ensure that mandatory training is up-to-date for all employees. Source training to meet the needs of the team that have been identified at appraisals and supervisions Mentor and lead the whole team and offer support and guidance as required. To lead on ideas and initiatives to maintain employee engagement. To take a leading role in dealing with investigations, disciplinaries and absence management in line with Forest School policies and procedures. Efficient and effective staff deployment at all times. Be an advocate to promote our forest school ethos. Continually motivate and develop the staff team within the forest school through effective role modelling, spending time in rooms throughout the setting. Lead regular meetings and training. Staff meetings must take place at least once a month and have a full written agenda and minutes. To recognise and reward outstanding practice within the forest school. Promote equality and diversity within the forest school, challenging any behaviour which does not support our Inclusive Practice and Equal Opportunities Policy. Sustainability


To be responsible for maintaining expenditure within agreed budgets. To ensure the financial sustainability of the setting, which will include marketing, parent show arounds, promoting events, managing waiting lists, open days and managing staff deployment effectively. To be responsible for achieving financial targets set at forest school level. To lead in offering excellent levels of customer service to all visitors. Ensure effective forward planning to maintain and grow occupancy levels and manage waiting lists effectively. Ensure payroll information is processed in a timely manner and submitted before the deadline. Ensure there is an effective tool used to evaluate your progress e.g. Action planning.  




Ability to calmly and effectively lead the forest school in times of emergency. Abide by Surrey Hills Forest School Code of Conduct and all other Policies and Procedures at all times, maintaining a professional approach, behaviour and confidentiality at all times. Contributing constantly to the improvement of the Pre-school. Act as a representative of Surrey Hills Forest School, promoting a professional image at all times. To have awareness of any legislation relating to your role. Ensure all correspondence is dealt with promptly and professionally within a reasonable time frame. Show a willingness to undertake additional roles to meet the needs of the forest school, children and colleagues. Keep your job knowledge up to date through external training, showing a commitment to professional development. Any other duties as required by the Owner


To have overall responsibility for Health & Safety Policies and Procedures and ensure that risk assessments are completed routinely. Check premises and boundaries daily and remove or action any potential hazards. To ensure the Health & Safety of all staff, children and visitors by ensuring policies on security and safety are adhered to at all times e.g. ensuring visitors have signed in and ID checks have been carried out. Raise any maintenance concerns to the Owner and keep an ongoing record.


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