Nursery Deputy Manager

Location: St Albans
Job Type: Permanent
Industry: Nursery Nurse
Reference: Deputy Manager
Salary: £27k - 28.5k per year
Job Published: about 1 month ago

Job Description:

This lovely nursery in St. Albans has been recently taken over and are owned and operated by the Kent family who are passionate about providing outstanding care and education to our children every day, sharing the family love right through our fantastic team of professional child carers.

They are keen to support Nursery Nurse candidates in order for them to reach their full potential towards their ultimate career goals, and help them to learn and grow in an Outstanding learning environment.

Their organisation is growing fast, with plans to open more nurseries in the future, so progression within their organisation is a very real and achievable prospect. They provide training and development plans for all team members to ensure that they are always learning and improving together.

They believe in working collaboratively with and for each other to create their very own work family. They always say that when you join their team you become part of the family, and this family approach transcends through everything they do for their team and the children.

They have a number of positions available for passionate, qualified Level 2 or 3Nursery Nurses, however they may also consider unqualified applicants with relevant experience.

Benefits of joining their team:

Personal and Professional Growth:

They place a huge emphasis on self-development and growth. They do annual performance reviews where they celebrate the year of successes and identify targets for development in the future. They work with you throughout the year to offer support and funding to complete your targets so that you can continue to grow as a person and as a professional.

Their Vision and Ethos:

Their vision is “Inspiring children to change tomorrow’s world’ , which they bring to life with the 6 themes of our Ethos. Active Childhoods, Creative Minds, Eating Healthy, Loving the Planet, Evolving with Time and Equality & Diversity. These themes support how they teach and support the children, but they also underpin our family approach, supporting each other to be the best versions of ourselves. Our values were defined during a project where Team Highbury and Angel build our vision, which reinforce how we work together each day, embracing who we are and our differences to bring our vision alive. Their ‘High 5’ values are: holding hands, kind hands, open hands, clapping hands and your hands.

Leadership Coaching:

If you aspire to become a leader in their team then they want you to achieve your goal! They always say any one can be a leader at any time, provided the organisation and team culture promotes freedom of expression, sharing of ideas and our team vision. They offer bespoke leadership coaching for leaders and managers which helps and supports them to be the best leader, promoting team effectiveness and positive working culture.

Myers Briggs & Team Effectiveness:

They always want to support their teams to work well together, respecting each other’s views and celebrating different skill sets and preferences. Myers Briggs is a personality typology, offering an introspective view of psychological preferences, helping us to better understand our colleagues and how different people perceive the world and make decisions.

Progressive Salaries:

They offer some of the best pay available in the early years sector, with generous salaries and annual pay reviews to share the successes of their growing organisation with each and every team member. We also reward additional childcare qualifications and operate a bonus schedule for loyalty to our nursery. Our Nursery Practitioner salaries start from £23,000 p/a with annual reviews. Each staff member gets a generous holiday allowance of 25 days holiday plus bank holidays.

Loyalty Bonus Scheme:

They really value longevity in role and dedication to their team, so they offer a Loyalty Bonus Scheme which rewards and celebrates each team members journey with them.

Referral Bonus:

They always want recommendations for excellent new candidates to join our team. So, if you refer a new candidate to us and they complete their probationary period, then they pay you £250 in one lump sum to say thanks for your support in growing our team.

Their Wellbeing Programme:

They know that in order to get the best for their children they must also support and promote positive wellbeing in their team. They have a specific wellbeing programme designed to encourage everyone in their team to look after each other, look after themselves and look after the team. They celebrate successes, share our appreciation and gratitude and spread the love where ever possible! They also offer individual support through any mental health challenges with a personalised approach to suit individual team members. They know that despite a passion for working with children, life has its own trials and tribulations, and we are always here to offer support and guidance. We have a team of Mental Health First Aiders, who are trained in dealing with complex mental health challenges and can support you every step of the way to have a fulfilled and happy career with them.

Staff Training and Team Building:

They have 3 Inset Training Days each year, where they get together for some team building activities and explore a range of training topics relating to childcare and quality of teaching and learning. The nursery encourage their team to champion specific areas of interest, train to learn new skills and ideas, and share this learning for the wider team at our training sessions. Do you think you have what it takes to be a leader, shine in that moment, and share your ideas and thoughts with the wider team?

Team Awards Evening:

At the end of each year they host a team awards evening, which aims to celebrate the many successes throughout the year. They give out individual prizes and awards for people who show remarkable achievement and dedication to a specific task or subject area. They also give recognition for those who are recognised by the team as the most effective team players, and those who demonstrate an excellent aptitude to learn and grow. This is one of the most positive and emotional times of the year as we all get together and celebrate our team wins!

Staff Social Budget:

They like to always make sure that if you work hard, you can play hard too. As well as offering regular social events after each Inset Day, they also host an all-inclusive, festive extravaganza Christmas Party, to celebrate the year with a bang! In addition to this they also offer a team social budget for each room, meaning each term you and your team can enjoy some time outside of work to socialise and get to know each other a bit better, paid for by us.

Resources Budget:

As an employer they always want to support creativity in activity planning, teaching initiatives and learning, so to do this they offer each team a monthly resources budget, which can be spent on your room to ensure the learning opportunities for children are always fresh and exciting. They even sometimes ‘double up’ in recognition of some amazing efforts from our team!

If you are interested in an opportunity to join their team, then please email your CV to and a short covering letter and I will be in touch to arrange your interview.

All applicants will require the appropriate qualifications and training for this role as well as the Right to Work in the UK. Please see for further details.

All pay rates quoted will be inclusive of 12.07% statutory holiday pay. This advert is for a temporary position. In some cases, the option to make this role permanent may become available at a later date.

Protocol Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We undertake safeguarding checks on all workers in accordance with the DfE statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’. We also offer FREE online safeguarding and Prevent Duty training to all our workers. All candidates must undertake or have undertaken a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and subscribe to the DBS Update Service.

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