School: Little Avanti Outdoor Nursery
Location: Stanmore, Aldenham
Contract Type: Permanent 
End Date: This is a rolling advert until all positions are filled. Applications will be shortlisted weekly.

Job Description & Person Specification

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Little Avanti – Earth Explorer – Outdoor Early Years Practitioner

Do you like being outdoors? We do! We are setting up a group of outdoor nurseries that will allow children of 2-5 year olds to grow up in the wonder of nature.

We are looking to recruit a Earth Explorer – Outdoor Nursery Practitioner to join our thriving team. This is the perfect job for someone who loves working with children and loves the outdoors!

This vacancy is a full-time position. We offer shift work between the hours of 8:00am – 6:00pm.

Little Avanti Outdoors’ has 2 nurseries opening in September 2019

The Role

What is an Earth Explorer?

Can you walk through a field and name all the plants? Can you tell me a herbal remedy for a common cold? Can you watch a cocoon transform into a butterfly? Can you spend the day looking after the animals?

Then you are an Earth Explorer!  

Help children love the outdoors and all that nature has to offer. From showing them how to recognise and use different plants to helping them explore life’s stories.

You’ll be part of a qualified team of forest education enthusiasts creating adventures and memories for the children. Your natural passion for the outdoors and facilitating child-led learning and experience will help you to follow children’s insights in nature’s playground.

You’ll see the children every day, learn outdoor skills, become resilient, develop social & environmental awareness, grow in their confidence and navigate their way to learning boundaries and risk-taking.

You will be supported by Nursery leaders and your role is to inspire, develop the children by spending a large part of your time creating and discovering ‘life’s stories’ in the forest.

You will be supported by a high-class back office team, a nursery manager and be provided with exceptional CPD (specially related to your role and forest school training), mentoring and networking opportunities to enhance and develop your skills.

Salary: circa. £18,000 (dependant on qualifications and experience)

Start Date: circa. September 2019

Locations: Stanmore & Aldenham

At Little Avanti, we believe that it is crucial to keep staff nourished, happy and inspired so that they can provide the best experiences for the children, parents and community. In light of this, our staff enjoy a range of perks:

  • 25 days’ annual leave
  • Annual staff wellbeing retreats to yoga and mindfulness retreat centres, steeped in nature anywhere from Wales to Belgium.
  • Opportunity to work a week in our partner nursery just outside of Madrid.
  • Career progression
  • CPD programmes and connections to a wider team of educationalists, forest school practitioners and professionals.

Applying

Due to the nature of this role, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. In making your application, it is essential you disclose whether you have any pending charges, convictions, bind-overs or cautions and, if so, for which offences. This post will be exempt from the provisions of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Therefore, applicants are not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are ‘spent’ under the provision of the Act, and, in the event of the employment being taken up; any failure to disclose such convictions will result in dismissal or disciplinary action. The fact that a pending charge, conviction, bind-over or caution has been recorded against you will not necessarily debar you from consideration for this appointment.

Little Avanti is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates are required to have an Enhanced DBS check unless internally appointed and still within the cycle of DBS re-checks.

We welcome applications from both men and women of all ages from any background and from candidates with disabilities.

Applications to be made by submitting a comprehensive CV setting out your full employment history, including referees covering the last 5 years of employment and a supporting statement addressing all aspects of the person specification.

Completed CVs and supporting statements must be submitted by the closing date above to [email protected]. The successful candidate will be required to sign the application declaration on appointment.  Any appointment subsequently made will be subject to the receipt of satisfactory references and other pre-employment checks.