Early Years Manager at Chalfont St. Giles Pre-School Playgroup

This is a fantastic opportunity to lead a small, talented and dedicated team of staff in a unique and enriching environment where children learn and thrive through play.  

We wish to appoint an experienced, passionate and self-motivated Manager to take responsibility for delivering high quality provision for children and families within our community playgroup in Chalfont St Giles. Set in the village Cricket pavilion, open to children from 2 to 4 years, this role will involve day-to-day management of our Pre-school, including the implementation of inspirational activities which incorporate EYFS in a safe, secure and caring environment.

This is a term-time role working Monday-Friday 8.30-3.30

You will be working largely outdoors in a beautiful setting overlooking playing fields and a small woodland in which you will help to run regular forest school sessions.

We support a small number of local families which allows us to provide an excellent service where we get to know the children and their families well and support them through effective parent partnerships.

If you love to see children be inspired and engaged and will continually strive for providing the best possible learning and nurturing environment for every individual child attending the Pre-school we would love to hear from you.

The successful candidate will be expected to obtain an enhanced DBS and will be enrolled on a safeguarding course. Two references will be required, one from your most recent employer.

Your main duties will include:

  • Leading and inspiring a childcare team to achieve a good to outstanding Ofsted inspection.
  • Managing the smooth running of the Pre-school. This includes good long/medium-term/weekly plans for each age group and effective organisation during the day with clear roles and responsibilities.
  • Ensuring that the early years’ service delivered is of the highest quality.
  • Liaising with families about their children’s learning and needs.
  • Ensuring accurate record-keeping and complying with reporting requirements.
  • Promoting and positively representing the setting within the local community and beyond.
  • Line management of all members of staff (currently five staff) with support from the administrative staff and management committee.

You will have:

  • Experience of supporting an early years childcare setting.
  • A relevant qualification (Level 3 or above).
  • At least 2 years in a leadership/managerial role at least at Deputy Manager level.
  • Ability to inspire staff to deliver results, in an ever-changing world of early years education.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Passion for supporting children to thrive and meet their potential.
  • Hold a Designated Officer Safeguarding certificate.
  • A strong SEND knowledge is desirable. 

We offer a competitive salary, holiday pay and staff pension with employer contribution.

Please contact for more details – we would like to encourage anyone interested in this role to get in touch as we would be very happy to arrange informal conversations or visits to our setting, which we are very proud of.

To apply please complete the application form and send to


Firstly we would like to wish all of our families and the local community a very Happy Easter.

It is CSG Playgroup tradition to hold our annual Easter Egg hunt which normally involves lots of families wandering around the village, collecting eggs from the Easter bunny and enjoying hot cross buns and refreshments all together at the cricket club. Unfortunately COVID is still spoiling our fun, but we are determined to ensure the village enjoys a hunt which not only raises money for the playgroup but allows the children to have some COVID safe Easter fun.

Below you will find an activity pack which includes a map, colouring page, masks, fun activities to try at home and an at home treasure hunt.

We are asking that once you have downloaded the pack that you kindly donate £5 to playgroup via our GoFundMe page

Everyone who donates will be entered into our Easter draw to win a lovely prize donated by The Deli.

You can also send us completed maps/colouring pages via FACEBOOK for extra entries.

We thank you as always for supporting the village pre school playgroup and we hope that we can all be together soon.




Why is forest school so beneficial?

Forest School is all about getting out there and children exploring their outside environment, in their own way. 

We have activities which include making dens, exploring and learning about different environments with bug hunting and identification – where can they find bugs and why are they in that area, recognising and identifying different trees from clues of bark, leaf shape, nuts & fruits. Exploring the area, taking ownership of their space and returning each week to their ‘rocket’ under the trees with the bouncy branch, or their ‘motorbike’ a log at the top of a slope which they can sit on with a friends, to see the whole of the Dell area.

 ‘Small achievable tasks’

The children are free to challenge themselves, getting up a slope using the ropes, showing perseverance by keep having a go, until the sense of achievement when they get to the top. There is risk taking, children are great a managing their own risks.

Activities: What do the children do?

We paint the trees with mud, make a potion in the mud kitchen, and make a den of sticks for a cuddly toy. We use bug kits to find worms, woodlouse and lots of bugs. We often use books to guide a session.  The hungry caterpillar, Gruffalo, the 3 little pigs are 3 we have used this half term.


Over the last half term we have also been working towards our Ladybird award, a programme which sets ‘small achievable tasks’ to.  As there were lots of new children to forest school Ladybird award included – teaching the forest school rules.  Ladybird award also includes balancing and moving around the area, identifying a mini beast, collecting and showing woodland treasures.  

Other activities we have been doing this half term are, fire management – using a striker to get a spark to light a fire, using a Kelly kettle to boil water to make hot chocolate, and playing leaf snap!

We will be continuing with the award scheme, these awards are to help children to develop forest school skills and show recognition of these achievements, with a colourful certificate. There are   different awards, which take into account, the differing levels of experience, children can work their way through them at their own pace.

The whole experience

Forest school is a holistic experience – the sounds of trees, the red kites above, smells of the fire & popcorn cooking, feeling the uneven ground under foot or the mud on your hands from scrambling up banks or from mud kitchen.  

For children’s physical development, what’s better than a natural playground with climbing to strengthen muscles, balancing for core strength, carrying, commando crawling under rope nets, fine motor skills picking up bugs carefully – to name just a few.

So when you see a photo of your child from forest school, looking at a worm or at the top of a slope, I hope you will appreciate the amazing learning which has gone on, before we capture that moment of magic in a photo.

If you would like more information about Forest School and Woodland Warriors – please get in touch.


For those of you who are isolating or have decided not to return to pre school during lockdown here are some materials and ideas to help you this week. Our home learning theme is winter.

You will find lots of free resources to print on Twinkl for ages 3-5.

Here you’ll find a set of free activities for you and your child, updated daily and designed to make each day of the week as easy as possible during a school lockdown. Expect home learning activities, crafts, weekend fun, games, parenting blogs and much more. We also host great content from our partners, including Joe Wicks, Peppa Pig and many others!Everything you need for the next day’s learning and fun will be listed the day before, giving you enough time to get prepped and set up. If you’re looking for fun games to entertain your child, extra learning based activities, or just a way of adding a bit of routine into your day – you’ll find it here, and it’s entirely free.

Play a listening game ‘snowman says’, where the leader is a snowman and gives

instructions such as “Snowman says, touch your buttons.” “Snowman says, touch

your carrot nose.” “Snowman says clap your mittens.”


some Salt Dough with the children and use it to create some

snowman models. Provide paint or small decorations for the children to decorate

their snowman model. (

A winter themed small world will help to encourage lots of imaginative

play. Use existing resources such as playgrounds, or even dinosaurs, and give

them a wintery makeover using fake snow, desiccated coconut or simply a white

fabric base.