Deputy Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead

36.5 weeks (term time) - Monday to Friday 8am to 3pm (including additional hrs per week paperwork time)

£10ph - rising upon completion of L3 Forest School qualification, if not already held.

The Organic Forest Kindergarten is a National Award winning setting located in a beautiful organic woodland near Rushall, Wiltshire. We are the only 'authentic' forest kindergarten provision in the County and have an inspirational site & team where children develop and learn through exploring, discovering and having fun!

We are looking for a caring, motivated and enthusastic Deputy Manager & DSL with a FULL and relevant Level 3 Early Years qualification, at least 2 years senior managerial experience and ideally forest school qualified (or be willing to train, paid by OFK as we invest heavily in our valued staff's wellbeing and CPD).

The candidate must have professional experience working with children from two to five years of age and be capable of providing a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for children, sometimes in challenging environments. The candidate must have a passion for the outdoors and the Forest School ethos and be able to happily work outside in ALL weathers!

The candidate must be able to work as part of a team, to think on their feet, to scaffold learning opportunities (in the moment planning pedagogy) for children in order to provide an enabling environment in which children from two to five years old can learn, play and develop.


The suitable person should also be able to support other staff members and parents on daily basis. Professionalism is a essential, experience of 'in the moment planning' is very desirable, but not essential as training will be given.


We are open 38 weeks a year from 8:30am to 3pm Mondays to Thursday and finish at 1.30pm on a Friday. Thursday afternoons are given to all staff to complete their paperwork with additional hours paid to the Deputy Manager to complete managerial tasks outside of normal working hours 'on site'.


£10 starting salary, rising if candidate is already Forest School qualified or upon completion of qualification.

Closing Date: 5th April 2021

Interviews to be held: Week commencing 12th April 2021


All staff are subject to a three month probationary period. References and DBS check will be required for successful applicants.

Organic Forest Kindergarten is committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS disclosure will be requested for the successful candidate in accordance with Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education legislation.



Dionne Pullen

Organic Forest Kindergarten

1 The Old Barnyard,

Rushall, Pewsey,

Wiltshire, SN9 6BF


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