Outdoor Pre-School Assistant

Are you enthusiastic about nature and the great outdoors?

Do you enjoy being outside at any time of the year, and like to share that enjoyment with others?

Are you qualified to level 3 in childcare?

Are you able to recognise and grab onto a childs’ idea, and go with it to develop learning opportunities on the fly? ….or on a fly, or a worm, or a spider or a leaf or a stick?

If so, then we would like to hear from you.

We are looking for an outdoor pre-school assistant (or two) to work with us at Nest in the Woods. We would like someone to work with us at our Adlington site on a Wednesday and Thursday (8:45 – 3:45), and / or our Grappenhall site on a Thursday and Friday (8:30 – 3:00).

The successful applicant(s) may work at either or both of our sites with the opportunity for weekend, after school clubs and school holiday work also available. The post may possibly develop into a full-time position in the future if that is what everybody wants.

Pay will be based on age and experience.

Start : ASAP

Closing date for applications: 18th March 2018

Interviews will be held week commencing 19th March 2018

Job Description – Outdoor Pre-School Assistant 

Main Responsibilities 

To assist with planning and the day to day delivery, organisation and smooth running of Forest School programmes. 

To help evaluate programmes and to continually strive for improvement. 

To promote Nest in the Woods and the ethos of Forest School and outdoor learning. 

To be responsible at all times for high standards of care and education of all group members in accordance with the Forest School Association principles and criteria for good practice. 

To ensure effective communication with teachers, support staff, head teachers, governors, parents, landowners, volunteers, partner organisations and of course, children. 

To help manage support staff and volunteers effectively, ensuring they embrace the ethos of forest school. 

To ensure the health and safety of all participants, including writing and checking risk assessments for the sites, tools and activities used. 

To assist with maintenance of tools and other equipment. 

To keep records as appropriate of emergency contact details for participants, permission forms and achievement of pupils. 

To adhere to all relevant policies and procedures of individual schools and settings, and to contribute to and adhere to the policies of Nest in the Woods. 

To engage in continuous professional development. 

To carry out all other such duties as may from time to time be determined by the line manager. 

Physical Demands 

The work requires moderate levels of physical effort.  It involves lifting and handling of equipment and other resources and to be involved in practical activities and physical care of learners and the physical woodland environment.  The role is almost exclusively out of doors and will require working on uneven surfaces and in unpredictable weather conditions. 

Person Specification – Outdoor Pre-School Assistant 


To be experienced with working with children in education or play work. To enjoy motivating and inspiring children across the range of age, ability and confidence. To be clear, confident, fair, with good behaviour management skills appropriate to the age of child. 


Level 3 childcare qualification. 

Level 2 Forest School qualification (or be willing to engage in training) 

An understanding of Health & Safety requirements and welfare issues of working with young children. 

Knowledge and understanding of Forest School provision for young children. 

Knowledge and practical understanding of child development and pedagogy, including the Early Years Foundation Stage. 


Excellent communication skills. 

Ability to work individually and as part of a team. 

Ability to manage support staff and volunteers. 

Commitment to equal opportunities for all learners. 


Love of the outdoors and nature. 



Excellent role model for learners, staff and volunteers.