Kindergarden, Early Years Ecology Educator

Studio Cultivate

London
£25,000 pa pro rata, term-time (3 days/week)

Paid • Part Time • Permanent

studiocultivate.com

Sectors: environmental education, ecology

Closing date: Sunday, 10th July 2022  


Kindergarden, Early Years Ecology Educator, Term Time Opportunity (3 days per week) 

Would you like to spend more time outdoors, away from computer screens? Want to get closer to nature? Would you like to be part of a innovative, compassionate company that places the environment at the forefront of ALL its decision making?

Studio Cultivate helps young people connect with the natural world and the wondrous natural processes that surround us and sustain the planet.

Kindergarden is our exciting Early Years Foundation Stage ecology education programme, packed full of play, storytelling, garden growing and creativity. Every week our Kindergarden programme engages with over 600 children and we have established long-standing partnerships with 25 schools and nurseries. Pupils, parents and schools have received Kindegarden with great enthusiasm since its creation in 2015 and we are excited to be growing further across London and the south-east of England.

We are looking to recruit a dynamic new team member to deliver Kindergarden and contribute to the programme’s growth and ethos. We welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds and ethnicity, and owing to the gender imbalance within the Early Years sector, encourage applications from male candidates. 

Kindergarden Facilitators visit nursery schools on a weekly basis, delivering the Kindergarden programme to small groups of up to 8 Early Years pupils. Kindergarden Facilitators use our detailed workshop plans and resources to incrementally build layers of pupils’ ecological understanding through storytelling and a range of exciting practical activities. Facilitators help pupils enhance and take ownership of their school’s outdoor spaces through the creation of both edible and wildlife-friendly gardens. Kindergarden Facilitators use these spaces (alongside additional Kindergarden workshop resources) to convey many of nature's remarkable processes.

What we offer Kindegarden Facilitators

  • An initial 2 week training, mentoring and support period, followed by continuous professional development opportunities.
  • We offer £25K pro rata in the first year with potential to rise in year two. Contracts include holiday and sick pay.
  • Access to a dynamic and passionate team of fellow Facilitators
  • Cycling equipment and training if required.

Candidates must:

  • Have an energetic and engaging manner
  • Have a vibrant imagination
  • Be excited by working outdoors (in all weathers)
  • Be excited by working with young children (2-4yrs).
  • Have a passion for the natural world
  • Be independently minded with the ability to work autonomously
  • And share our commitment to low/ zero environmental operational impact

Candidates ideally will…

  • Have some experience working with plants
  • Have some experience working with young children
  • Have an up to date DBS check
  • Embrace low/zero carbon forms of transport, in line with our company principles.

Role details:

This role involves term-time teaching on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Monday’s delivery schedule involves three school visits across Kensington. Wednesday’s schedule involves three school visits across Chelsea and Friday’s delivery schedule involves 2-3 schools in Kensington. 

The role may expand by an additional day depending on the post holder’s performance and may include the opportunity to assist at events and festivals.

Interested in becoming a Kindegarden Facilitator? Please send CV and covering letter to Francis Smith (Founder) – [email protected]

TIME LINE:

Application Deadline; 10.07.22 (midnight)
Candidate Selection: Friday 15.07.22

Stage 1 Interview (Group) 26.07.22
Stage 2 Interview (Practical) 27.07.22 or 02.08.22

Candidate Appointed: Friday 05.08.22
Training: w/c 05.09.22 and w/c 12.09.22