Wild Sparks Outdoor Play are seeking a nursery manager to lead our fantastic outdoor nursery through a phase of expansion and development.

We are looking for an inspirational manager with the ability to lead a small team of dedicated staff and role model exemplary child-led, outdoor, early years practice. This post will involve an equal split of contact and non-contact time, working two days during term time in the woods, and the remaining time in the office.

We will offer you:

  • A passionate committed team and positive working environment
  • Regular access to nature and associated health benefits
  • CLPL and mentoring to develop your career
  • Flexible working hours (outside core hours)
  • The chance to grow with our evolving organisation

Key duties will involve:

  • Delivering exemplary childcare and learning opportunities in line with Curriculum for Excellence
  • Leading a small team, delivering peer reviews and setting appropriate training and professional development targets
  • Engaging families in nursery life and supporting families through transitions and challenges
  • Overseeing our woodland site, engaging contractors as required and providing resources to meet learners needs
  • Working in partnership with Perth and Kinross Council
  • Facilitating inspections to a high standard and working with Care Inspectorate
  • Writing, reviewing and implementing policies and procedures
  • Implementing an annual nursery improvement plan
  • Managing a budget and supporting directors to set appropriate financial targets for the service

Suitable applicants will be:

  • Passionate about early years and child development
  • Committed to outdoor learning with an understanding of nature pedagogy
  • Flexible, adaptable and creative. Professional and reliable.
  • Able to remain calm and confident in a range of challenging or emergency situations.
  • Able to work on own initiative, with excellent organisational, time management and IT skills.
  • A good listener that actively seeks and considers the views of others (children, parents and colleagues) and can collaborate effectively.
  • Physically fit and mobile; able to traverse our woodland site and carry a heavy rucksack
  • Inspired by and connected to nature with a demonstrable love of the outdoors

Your Qualifications and experience must include:

  • 5 years (preferred) or 2 years (essential) experience in a relevant childcare or education role
  • A BA childhood practice, or equivalent, or willingness to work towards this
  • Level 3 SVQ in a relevant subject, or equivalent
  • A sounds knowledge of Child protection

A full application pack will be provided, apply here to receive this.

Closing date: 5pm, Thursday 12 September 2019

Wild Sparks is committed to Equality of Opportunity

Job Types: Part-time, Permanent

Salary: £26,000.00 to £27,000.00 /year


  • Management: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Childcare: 5 years (Preferred)