Eligible working families whose children will be aged between 9 and 23 months old on 31 August can now apply to receive 15 hours childcare starting from September 2024.

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Early Years

Early Years Educator - Shepherds Hut Outdoor Day Nursery - Prestwood

Early Years Educator - Shepherds Hut Outdoor Day Nursery - Prestwood



You must love working with children with a particular emphasis for nature play & child-led learning.
A resilience to working outdoors in any weather.
Be a team player who is cheerful and encouraging with a positive approach.
Have strong relationship-building and communications skills to develop a rapport with parents and other early years educators.
Proven ability to adapt quickly to change.
Ability to be solution-focused.
To provide education to the children which complies with the EYFS and the ethos of The Shepherd’s Hut Outdoor Day Nursery.
Satisfactory Enhanced DBS Disclosure.

A full and relevant level 2 or 3 qualification – CACHE level 2, NVQ level 3 for the Early Years or equivalent. However, we welcome applicants without these qualifications so long as they can demonstrate the essential characteristics listed above.
Previous experience of working in an outdoor provision. Again, however, we welcome applicants without this experience so long as they meet the other requirements.
A good working knowledge of the EYFS
Good knowledge and understanding of the safeguarding obligations.
Ofsted approved Paediatric First Aid qualification.
Safeguarding Certificate, Level 2
Forest School Level 3 qualification
Food Hygiene Certificate, Level 2

Responsibilities/Extra Information:

Responsibilities & Main duties:

  • To meet children’s learning and development needs by providing stimulating and age-appropriate play and learning.
  • To be fully aware of the operational policies and procedures; this includes ensuring that all accidents and incidents are recorded accurately.
  • To supervise the children where appropriate and to protect them from dangerous or harmful situations.
  • Maintain a consistent standard of observations and development records, including contribution to 2-Year-Old progress checks as required.
  • To act as a key person to a group of children.
  • To assist during snack time, ensuring that all children’s dietary and cultural needs are met and consideration is given to allergy requirements.
  • To liaise with parents, carers, and guardians about children’s needs & to inform parents/carers how their child’s session progressed.
  • To ensure that every child’s individual needs are known and met in an environment that is free from discrimination where each child is valued and respected.
  • To share progress of key groups of children and contribute to the planning of activities and delivery of curriculum.
  • To adhere to the setting’s safeguarding procedures to promote the welfare and safety of children within the setting and to share any welfare or child protection concerns immediately with the setting’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.
  • To perform any other duties as deemed necessary by Nursery Manager, Deputy Manager or Management Team.

We have vacancies for full or part time work, with a minimum requirement of 2 days per week, 6 hours per day. Salary listed is for full time level 3 qualified applicants.

Contact: Michael Hackett 01494 415 880


Please send your CV/Application form to: mhackett@theshephut.co.uk


Link to provider website: https://shepherdshutdaynursery.co.uk/about-us


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