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Forest School Assistant Apprenticeship Clare's Little Bears Pre-School and Childcare Service

We are looking for a fun and friendly person to join our Forest School team, to help children engage with nature in our very own private woodland area where we bring children together, to be active and feel good. This position involves working outdoors, be it making bug hotels, mud pies or constructing camps out of sticks, so wellies are a must.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 27 Jun 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 16 Hours Per Week

    Total hours per week: 16.00

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    29 Oct 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

Main Duties

  • Support the execution of the Forest School programme
  • Offer a range of age-appropriate games, crafts and activities in line with Clare’s Little Bears Forest School policies and procedures and Forest School principles
  • Actively participate and provide a high level of care that will enhance the children’s general health and well-being
  • Take the time to listen and respond to the children and encourage their
  • participation
  • To promote and maintain an inclusive culture and environment. To provide equal opportunities for all children and families within the setting
  • To ensure individual children’s needs and circumstances are known and met through the care and education provided
  • To eventually be the key person for a small group of children at the setting and to be responsible for them to ensure that their progress is regularly observed and effectively assessed
  • To keep informative, accurate and up-to-date records, including records of progress and any behavioural or developmental concerns
  • To support the Forest School team in supervising the children and to protect them from dangerous and harmful situations
  • Ensure the Forest school is always a safe environment for all
  • Equipment must be safe, standards of hygiene high and safety procedures adhered to at all times
  • To recognise and act upon children’s additional or special educational needs and ensure staff support these children effectively
  • Ensure all activities take into account the SEN Code of Practice, Child Protection Procedures
  • To keep online learning journals on FAMLY detailing progress and observations for the children attending and be prepared to complete these at home if required
  • Ensure parents of the children attending receive regular feedback on their child’s development and progress
  • Actively seek feedback from our families on how to make our Forest school even better
  • Change the nappies of smaller children if required and support all the children with their self-care.
  • To support the preparation of snacks, ensuring that all children receive a daily healthy snack and drink and all dietary, allergy and cultural needs are met
  • Attend team and line management meetings
  • Support completion of required records and reporting on accidents, incidents and concerns
  • These must be recorded on FAMLY and parents informed

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

A passion for working in the outdoors and enthusiasm to
share it with others
Enjoy working with very young children from a range of
backgrounds and commitment to supporting their physical, social and emotional
development through forest school and outdoor play activities.
Skilled and knowledgeable in a range of age-appropriate
outdoor activities including games, and crafts, and able to share skills in
line with good practice policies and procedures
A good communicator, friendly and polite and able enthuse
and motivate others
Good planning and organisational skills and able to work to
deadlines, proactive at prioritising, problem solving and getting things done

Have access to own transport to reach settings
Able to use judgement and intellect to work on own
Friendly and polite with excellent people skills and a
sense of humour
team player with a willingness to work outside in all weather

Personal qualities

Honest and reliable
Patience and enthusiasm.
A fun, friendly, caring and kind
Gentle, thoughtful manner with
Willingness to be part of a team

Desired qualifications


Future prospects

Job opportunity within the organisation.

About the employer

We have a great team with lots of enthusiasm and passion for the care and wellbeing of children, and we all love what we do.


Clare's Little Bears Pre-School and Childcare Service


Stanmore Hall

Stanmore Road



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by HIT Training Ltd


Clare Watson 02392 981724

Early Years Educator Level 2

Level 1 & 2 in Forest School

Paediatric First Aid
Level 2 Food Safety

Apprenticeship standard

Early years practitioner

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply now' and you will be redirected to the GetMyFirstJob website where you will be required to submit an application. If this is your first visit to GetMyFirstJob you will be required to register on the website, please complete all fields upon registration and ensure you attach a copy of your CV

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 27 Jun 2022