Care, Welfare and Family Engagement manager and Co-directorWild Sparks Outdoor Nursery


We are seeking a dynamic and experienced professional to take a senior role in managing and delivering Wild Sparks Outdoor Nursery for children aged 3-7 years. This role will have particular emphasis on care, welfare and family engagement, with the following key leadership areas: 

-       Care & nurture (transitions, settling in, emotional regulation)

-       Children’s personal plans & records

-       Child enrolment

-       Support for children with ASN / vulnerable families

-       Developing family engagement

-       Health and safety, including site maintenance overview

-       Food safety & Hygiene

-       Child Protection Officer

-       Self-evaluation & improvement planning


Director responsibilities, actively contribute to:

-       Budget allocation and management

-       Strategic planning & development of Wild Sparks Outdoor Play CIC

This role involves a mixture of admin and contact work which will vary to reflect the changing needs of nursery and its’ stakeholders. We are seeking an individual who is equally capable and comfortable working with children and families as undertaking administrative tasks, developing initiatives and prioritising a busy workload. You must be passionate about play and early years development with an understanding of the regulatory bodies that oversee early learning and childcare services.

This role will involve working closely with a partner manager / co-director in a similar role but with responsibility for pedagogy, learning environment, staff development and business sustainability.

Hours: Average 29 hours per week: Term time weighted at 30 hours per week during term time, remainder to be worked in school holidays. Approximately 60% non-contact and 40% in ratio (set hours 2 days per week). More detailed information on the working pattern available by request.

Salary: £28-30K Pro rata (starting rate)

Location: Keithick Estate, Coupar Angus, Perthshire & working from home.

Closing Date: Friday 8 September 2023

Start date: August – October 2023 TBC 

Contact for more information and to set up an informal discussion about the role with nursery director Alice Warren.


About Wild Sparks

Wild Sparks are a small social enterprise registered as a Community Interest Company since February 2014. We are committed to delivering high quality early learning and childcare experiences for children through a play and nature-based pedagogy, currently supporting around 30 families at our single site outdoor nursery. We are a small team of hard working and passionate professionals who work closely together in a supportive and positive environment. From time-to-time Wild Sparks also deliver training for teachers / practitioners and run project work with older children.