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Forest Leader – Palm Bay Nursery

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Forest Leader – Palm Bay Nursery

Job Purpose and Accountability

The Forest Leader reports to the Nursery Manager in the first instance

The Forest Leader leads and manages the Forest environment within the nursery and must be able to work with a team to provide high quality learning opportunities and care for the children in the outdoor environment, based on the needs and interests of those children.

Lead the promotion of health, safety and wellbeing of the children in the forest.

To give support to other team members in the forest, to ensure everyone is supporting the children’s learning opportunities.

To be able to provide first line supervision to the staff within the forest. Monitor and ensure high quality practice and interactions of the staff. Leaders will also be responsible to carry out observations on staff to ensure there is high quality practice within the environment.
Be a role model for this and observe high quality teaching.
To work as part of a team in order to provide an enabling environment in which all individual children can play, learn and develop.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To be a role model in planning purposeful, exciting and high quality activities for the children in your care and ensure that your team are following this within the forest.
  • Respond appropriately to any issues requiring confidentiality
  • Maintain and review accurate and effective children’s records within their individual learning and development.
  • Demonstrate and lead good practice with the team and ensure compliance with the EYFS framework.
  • To support the team members to have the specific knowledge and skills required to work effectively with children of this age.
  • Have a good and clear expectation of a high standard of health and safety practice within the forest.
  • Attend training sessions and staff meetings necessary for continuing professional development.
  • Lead and promote parent partnership through regular and in depth communication and activities.
  • Work with the team and support the manager to achieve a “good” or better Ofsted outcome
  • Keeping and monitoring accident, incident and risk assessment records from within the forest environment.
  • Liaise with parents and staff to ensure smooth transition process to prepare for their next stage of learning.


  • A full and relevant level 3 qualification (Not essential)
  • Forest training Level 3 will be provided if you do not already have this qualification.
  • You will also be expected to complete the following training if you have not already done so, This, will be supplied by Townsend Montessori Nurseries Ltd and kept up to date. This will be completed during your probation period.
    • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – online
    • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) – online
    • Prevent and Radicalisation – online
    • Safer Food Handler – Food Hygiene – online
    • Allergen Training – online
    • Online Child Protection training, then a 3 hour Safeguarding training session
    • 12 hour paediatric first aid qualification
    • (This will be completed within your probation period)


Observation and planning
Recognise the importance of observation to enable effective observations and plans to support children’s learning and development opportunities.
Curriculum Framework
Good knowledge of the EYFS
Safeguarding/child protection issue
A thorough understanding of child protection and how to apply safe guarding procedures
Equality and diversity
Understand the importance of ensuring equality and diversity in a nursery setting
Understand and support children’s transitions
Managing self
Ability to self-manage, be flexible, adaptable and embrace new ways of doing things
Understand issues of confidentiality and its importance in the early years setting.

Job Category: Forest Leader
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Palm Bay Nusery

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