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Apprentice Forest Nursery Educator - Little Forest Folk - Putney - SW15 3TU - Ref:ZH LITTLE FOREST FOLK LTD

As a Forest Nursery Educator, you’ll be tasked with providing a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for the children, in our beautiful outdoor setting. Working flexibly across teams to create an enabling environment where children can develop and learn through play using their existing skills, experience and passion.

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Closing date: 31 May 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, between 08:00 - 18:00, which are the opening hours of the setting.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jun 2022

  • Date posted

    18 Jan 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Key responsibilities will include:


  • Adhere to any relevant Policies about Keeping Children Safe, ongoing safeguarding,
  • Equal Opportunities, Data Protection and Confidentiality
  • Advise manager/deputy of any concerns, e.g., over children, parents, the safety of the environment, preserving confidentiality as necessary.
  • Read, understand, and adhere to all policies and procedures relevant to your role and the safe running of the setting.
  • Keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families or other staff that is acquired as part of the job.
  • Ensure good standards of safety, hygiene and cleanliness are always maintained.

Care & Education:

  • Supervise, observe, mentor and support children aged 2-5
  • Be always responsible for high standards of care and education
  • Effectively deliver the EYFS ensuring that the individual needs and interests of children in the setting are met (in conjunction with other team members)
  • Ensure the provision of a high-quality environment to meet the needs of individual children having an awareness of any disabilities, family cultures and medical histories.
  • Develop and maintain strong partnerships and communication with parents/carers and team members to facilitate day-to-day caring and early learning needs.
  • Keep records of your key children’s development and learning journeys and share them with parents, carers, and other key adults in the child’s life.

Other requirements:

  • Promote the Little Forest Folk and Outdoor Learning ethos
  • Help maintain equipment and resources
  • Support all staff and play a key part in keeping team morale high
  • Be involved in out of working hours activities, e.g., training, monthly staff meetings, and events
  • Be flexible within working practices of the setting, undertaking other responsible duties where needed, such as camp related tasks, preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment, etc.
  • Work alongside the manager and staff team to ensure that the setting’s philosophy is
  • Be aware of the high profile of the setting and to always uphold its standards, both in work hours and outside

Due to our nursery being a forest nursery, there are physical demands of this role.

The work is practical by definition and requires physical effort. The work requires moderate levels of physical effort. It involves lifting and handling training equipment, play, equipment, and other resources and being involved in practical activities and physical care of learners and the physical woodland environment.

Activities are out of doors, and this will require walking and managing on uneven surfaces and in unpredictable weather conditions. You are required to be a role model for the staff and learners you work with, adhering to the Health & Safety procedures.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Experience of working with young children in either nursery or private care setting
  • Experience within an outdoor education environment desirable
  • Excellent communication skills

Personal qualities

  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Positive attitude towards early years education
  • Passion and creativity
  • High-energy and active
  • Team player
  • Approachable and caring
  • Reliable and respectful when interacting with parents, colleagues and the community
  • A love of the outdoors

Desired qualifications

You must have a solid understanding of GCSE (or equivalent) in maths and English and have ideally attained a Childcare Level 2 qualification and/or previous workplace experience (or equivalent).

Future prospects

For the successful candidate there is the possibility of ongoing employment upon completion of the relevant qualification.

Things to consider

Little Forest Folk:

Little Forest Folk is an exciting and forward-thinking company offering a new type of childcare for families in London. We care for and educate children aged from 2 to 5, following the core Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum, incorporating learning in an outdoor environment where free play, fresh air, exposure to the natural world and physical activity are integral parts of learning.

Our aim is to address the increasing disconnect between children and nature by opening a series of outdoor children’s nurseries across the capital and beyond. Our first site at Wimbledon is now fully subscribed and is Ofsted rated Outstanding.

Our Ethos:

Little Forest Folk was established to give children - including our own - the chance to grow up with a sense of awe and freedom as part of their everyday lives. After all, wisdom begins in wonder. We have created a world where children are inspired by nature to live a simple and naturally healthy lifestyle, breaking away from the modern childhood of sedentary screen-based or prescriptive plastic toy playtime to play the natural way we played as children.

We want to give every child the childhood they deserve. We welcome children from all backgrounds and include 12.5% of our places free of charge to children from economically deprived backgrounds. We will help children achieve their maximum potential in life by helping to develop their characters to give them the tools they need for a happy and successful life -confidence, resilience, self-motivation, enthusiasm, independence and an insatiable curiosity about the world.

We strive for constant innovation to ensure we are committed to offering the best-known practice in educating children and are passionate to the point of obsession with an outdoors, child-led, play-based happy and healthy environment. We see ourselves not as babysitters offering childcare but as inspirational educators offering an incredibly fun and learning-rich experience for children - the fact that we also offer childcare is almost incidental.

We are a family run business. Rather than focusing on profits, we exist to provide an incredible experience for children. Our staff are inspiring, passionate advocates of the lifestyle we promote. We include our staff in the running of Little Forest Folk as they aren’t just our employees, they are part of our family and are our ambassadors.

You can learn more about our founders here:

Little Forest Folk is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age.

About the employer

Welcome to Little Forest Folk – fully outdoor forest nurseries that immerse two to five-year-olds in nature, helping them become creative, resilient little learners.

Little Forest Folk was established to give children – including our own – the chance to grow up with a sense of awe and freedom as part of their everyday lives.  Our nurseries connect children back to nature, inspiring them to live a naturally healthy lifestyle that builds resilience, confidence, independence and self-motivation – all the tools they need for a happy and successful life. 

We want to offer this generation the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful outdoors childhood that many of us were fortunate enough to have experienced but that children in London are sadly now missing out on. 

We follow the core Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum and incorporate learning in a safe and secure outdoor environment, where free play, fresh air, exposure to the natural world and physical activity are an integral part of learning.  




Telegraph Road


SW15 3TU

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Additional location information

DROP OFF ADDRESS Roehampton Cricket Club GREEN SPACE ADDRESS Putney Heath


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Eden Training Solutions


Zoe Harrop 07764966274

Level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid. (RQF) or Level 3 Award in Emergency Paediatric First Aid (RQF) Or complete a first aid course
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Apprenticeship standard

Early years educator

Level 3 (A level)

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