Outdoor Early Years Manager

Are mainstream nurseries getting you down? Are you interested in innovative approaches in Early Childhood? Spending time in nature? Being part of a growing community?

Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten is looking for a part time Outdoor Nursery Manager to join them as they move into the next phase of the Kindergarten's journey. This is an exciting time to be joining this experienced team of outdoor practitioners.

As a part time Manager at Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten, you’ll lead an experienced and accomplished team using your existing skills, experience and passion for child-led learning. You will follow children’s interests and scaffold their learning in authentic and enabling environments through play-based approaches that put relationships first.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the senior management team, particularly the Kindergarten Senior Manager and Home Ed / Flexi School Lead.
  • Responsible for the day-to-day running of the Kindergarten.
  • Main point of contact for parents.
  • Management of 6 part time staff, including motivating, leading and inspiring your team, helping them to grow as practitioners.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Remain up-to-date with current developments in childcare and early years education recommendations, policies and legislation.
  • Facilitate Ofsted inspections and to implement any recommendations.
  • Support with staff recruitment.
 

Who are we looking for?

This job is not just about experience and qualifications but about a community. We genuinely care for our community, operating as a social enterprise. We are interested in working with people who are self-motivated, practical, organised, and able to support others in meaningful ways. Here are the key characteristics that we are looking for:

  • You will of course absolutely love working with children and families.
  • You are highly organised, reliable and a driven team player.
  • You are able to step back and take a calm and considered approach, with a genuine interest in the work children do.
  • You are a team player.
  • You have strong relationship-building and communication skills.
  • You understand the value of community and family, particularly when it comes to inspiring children.
  • You love the outdoors and are happy to spend time outdoors.
  • You are able to adapt quickly to changes, be flexible and use your initiative on a daily basis.
  • Like us, you understand the importance of respect for the child, and that the child is the main focus.
  • You believe in our approach and ethos in early years education and take pride in being a part of this unique and wonderful nursery.

PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Min Level 3 childcare qualification.
  • Experience as a manager or deputy manager of a team.
  • In depth understanding of the EYFS.
  • Strong references from current / previous employers.
  • Paediatric first aid training (preferably outdoors).

Along with the above, the following will be considered favourably:

  • Forest School Association qualification.
  • 5 to 10 years experience as a manager of a nursery with up to 30 children per day.

About Us:

Based at Top Barn Farm, Nurture Outdoor Kindergarten is the original outdoor nursery for children in Worcestershire. We offer places for children aged 2 to 8 years old.

Think this job is perfect for you? We'd love to hear from you. Please send your CV and a short cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Top Barn Farm, Holt Heath
Worcester, WR6 6NH

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