Find your future in the forest!

Are you interested in a career in childcare and want to work at the forefront of outdoor education?

At Little Forest Folk we strongly believe in our purpose of improving education and connecting children back with nature. We are passionate about education and the outdoors and seek to support and develop children to become creative, resilient little learners, by providing fully outdoor education and teaching based on play, exploration and care.

We believe in giving the next generations the best start in life and that includes you! We are offering apprenticeships to enthusiastic young learners who share our vision. 

Our apprenticeships are offered as alternative to college. As an apprenticeship with us you can ‘earn while you learn’ – and all of that while being outside!

Join us for our apprenticeship programme to help us change the world and to find your future in childcare.

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Sign up for our next information evening to become one of our apprentices.



Apprenticeship or college?

As an alternative to college in an apprenticeship with us you will do most of your learning ‘on the job’. A small element of the learning will be done through online studying but the majority of the learning will be done as part of a great and energetic team outside in the forest with us. You will gain the same qualification, you would gain at college but at the same time, you would gain actual work experience and earn a salary on top.

 

What are we looking for in an apprentice?  

At Little Forest Folk we are looking for young learners with a passion for childcare and nature. Individuals with a great thirst for knowledge that will bring energy and creativity to the forest. We are looking for people that believe that educating children, and giving future generations the best start in life, is a privilege and who believe that having a purpose in life is better than having just a ‘job’.

For an intermediate Level 2 of Children and Young People’s Workforce qualification, you won’t need any prior qualification. For the advanced Level 3 Early Years Educator (EYE) qualification, you will need either functional skills in form of a Level 2 or GCSE’s in Math and English at a grade of C and above. If you have neither, you will be required to gain your functional skills (Level 2) while achieving your Level 3 to be awarded the qualification.

 

Where would you work?

Little Forest Folk has three nursery settings, in Wimbledon (located on the Wimbledon Common), one in Chiswick (located at Chiswick House and Garden) and one in Fulham (located at Fulham Palace Gardens). At each location, we can take up to two apprentices to start with us in Summer 2017.

 

What will you earn?

If you work on your Level 2, you will earn £3.50 per hour. If you start a Level 3 with us, you will earn £4.00 per hour.

 

So why choose Little Forest Folk?

Little Forest Folk is at the forefront of modern education. We are setting trends in outdoor education across the UK and due to excellent responses by the industry and parents, we are growing continuously. If you believe in having a purpose in life – you will fit right in with us. We are driven by our vision to connect children back with nature and to spread the idea of outdoor education across the whole of the UK. We believe in giving future generations the best start in life and that includes you!

 

How To become an apprentice with us...

We are organising two information evenings, where you will meet us, learn about our apprenticeship programme and all about what we get up to in the forest. You will meet our managers and some of the team who can tell you about their experience teaching in the outdoors. In true Little Forest Folk style there will also be some yummy snacks provided.

 

Our upcoming information evenings are: 

Thursday 11th May 2017 at 6.30pm

Monday 15th May 2017 at 6.30pm


There will be an opportunity to directly sign up for a trial day with us on the evening. This will bring you one step closer to starting an apprenticeship with us.

So, what are you waiting for? Start your future today with Little Forest Folk.


Please fill in the form below to register your interest in attending one of our information evenings.

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Frequently asked questions


Training will be provided by Parenta, one of the UK’s leading providers of apprenticeships in childcare. Please find all answers about the apprenticeship below.
 

Level 2 Childcare – Children and Young People’ Workforce

 

How long will it take to complete my Level 2 training?  

It will take between twelve to eighteen months.

 

How many hours will I be working with Little Forest Folk

You will be working thirty-five hours during the week with Little Forest Folk.

 

How much time will I need to study?

You’ll need to manage your own learning independently and set aside
up to five hours a week to work towards your Level 2.

 

Will I need to attend any classes?

There will be no classes to attend! A training assessor will visit you on a regular basis to observe you at work and check you’re fulfilling the course requirements. You’ll also need to complete coursework online too, but you can carry this out at your own pace.

 

Can I choose my training topics?

You will take a number of units which will add up to a minimum of thirty-five credits to achieve a Level 2 certificate. However, there is a lot of flexibility for you to choose units which really interest you or pick topics which would be useful for the job you’re doing at the moment. The Level 2 will also include personal learning and thinking skills, employment rights and responsibilities as well as functional skills in English, Maths and ICT.

 

How will I be assessed?

There will be a mixture of at ‘home’ and at ‘work’ tasks.

 

How will the course impact my future?

From a practical point of view, this course will give you the skills and qualification you need to care for young children under supervision and also be counted in staff ratios in a childcare setting.

 

Once I have achieved the Level 2 certificate, what would be the next step in my career?

The Level 3 Early Years Educator Diploma will fully qualify you to work with young children as a childcare practitioner and enable you to work unsupervised in a more senior position.

 

Level 3 Childcare – Children and Young People’ Workforce (Early Years Educator)

 

How long will it take to complete my Level 2 training?  

It will take between twelve to eighteen months.

 

How many hours will I be working with Little Forest Folk

You will be working thirty-five hours during the week with Little Forest Folk.

 

How much time will I need to study?

You’ll need to manage your own learning independently and set aside
up to ten hours a week to work towards your Level 3.

 

Will I need to attend any classes?

There will be no classes to attend! A training assessor will visit you on a regular basis to observe you at work and check you’re fulfilling the course requirements. You’ll also need to complete coursework online too, but you can carry this out at your own pace.

 

How will I achieve the qualification?

The EYE qualification is made up of a number of units. For each of these units, you will need to demonstrate your knowledge, understanding and practical skills.

 

How will I be assessed?

There will be a mixture of at ‘home’ and at ‘work’ tasks.

 

How will the course impact my future?

Achieving your Level 3 EYE Diploma will enable you to access higher level jobs within the sector, as well as giving you the skills and confidence for key working at your setting. This exciting qualification will also provide you with the status of being an Early Years Educator.


 Learn more about our team, or our careers

If you can’t make our information evening, you can apply directly with your CV and supporting statement to careers@littleforestfolk.com

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Clara: careers@littleforestfolk.com