Sessional Outdoor Learning Support Worker

Job Description

Responsible to: Nickie Corr, Managing Director

Pay: £11/hr

Hours: Sessional

This job descriptions sets out your duties at Mud Pie Explorers CIC as an Outdoor Learning Support Worker. These may be amended from time to time. This document, together with your signed contract and Mud Pie Explorers CICs Code of Conduct set out the framework of your work with us.

As a sessional outdoor learning support worker you will be responsible for:


  • To be familiar with and work in line with the health and safety policy, risk benefit assessments and covid secure guidelines.
  • Always ensure the appropriate supervision of all children.
  • To ensure the safety of the group
  • Follow the instructions of the session leader regarding identified risks and their control measures.
  • Report health and safety issues to the session leader.
  • Report any accidents or incidents to the session leader.


  • Support the session leader in the assessment of children’s needs and interests.

The sessions

  • Support the leader in their plan for the running of sessions.
  • To teach children through empowering, alternative outdoor education. Allowing them to do as much for themselves as possible and to take calculated risks.
  • To ensure all kit is removed from site at the end of the session and a ‘leave no trace’ ethos is applied.

Safeguarding and confidentiality

  • To always adhere to the safeguarding policy and linked policies.
  • To attend safeguarding training every 3 years.
  • To share information about any concerns about members of our team in line with the whistle blowing policy.


  • To adhere to our confidentiality policy. Professional boundaries must always be maintained.
  • To share with parents about changes to sessions, upcoming events and other information as required.
  • To maintain positive relationships with parents/ carers and partner organisations e.g. schools, cubs groups
  • To report any positive feedback to the office.
  • Any complaints to be referred reported to your line manager.


  • To attend team meetings and team training as required.
  • Any other duties as requested by your line manager

Person specification

To join us as a member sessional support staff it essential that you are:

  • Experienced in working with children
  • Friendly, open and approachable
  • A good communicator
  • Able to help carry equipment in woodland settings, that will require walking on uneven or slippery surfaces often in unpredictable weather conditions.
  • Willing to work outdoors in all weathers while role modelling a positive attitude to the children.
  • Willing to let children do as much for themselves as possible.
  • Willing to enable children to take their own calculated risks.
  • Able to work within the remits of organisational policies and procedures- with special reference to inclusion, health and safety, confidentiality and safeguarding.
  • Committed to inclusive practice.
  • Committed to the safeguarding and the promotion of the welfare of children.
  • Good at time keeping and are reliable.
  • Able to travel between session at different sites in a timely manner.

If you have the any of the following desirable skills or experiences, please let us know in your application:

  • Experience of working outdoors with children
  • Experience of working with children with additional needs
  • Experience of working in a child led way
  • Other related skills- tool use/ woodcrafting/ story telling/ natural art
  • Practical experience of working to risk assessments
  • Understanding of the Forest School
  • Childcare, Forest School or teaching qualification
  • First Aid qualification
  • Recent safeguarding training

As part of your application, please ensure you have read the following policies and procedures: