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Nursery Manager

  • Location: Wimbledon
  • Start date: 22 Jun 2018
  • Category: Early Years
  • Job reference: PE11048524
  • Branch: London Nursery South
  • Consultant: Adiel Mombrikotb
  • Call: 01483 207 510
This vacancy has now expired.
Job description

Summary of Position:

The nursery manager is in charge of the day-to-day running of a childcare setting. They manage and support staff, and make sure that the nursery offers a safe and caring environment for children to develop and achieve.

Key Responsibilities:

Manage the provision of the nursery ensuring that the staff team work together to provide high quality childcare.

Be responsible for the management of day-to-day operations of the nursery, by meeting targets and managing the occupancy ensuring maximum capacity.

Manage a staff team effectively.

Agree and set nursery goals and monitor the achievement of progress against targets.

Monitor and assess the quality of provision ensuring that policies and procedures, best practice and standards are maintained.

Operational Responsibilities

Be responsible for the day-to-day running of the nursery, ensuring compliance with registration and legislative requirements at all times.

Ensure that the nursery conforms to and exceeds the requirements of Ofsted.

Ensure that the nursery consistently meets the requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage to an Outstanding' standard.

Uphold and ensure a high standard of care and education throughout the nursery.

To implement and maintain the company's Equality policy ensuring that children, parents and the staff team are valued and practice is positive and non-discriminatory.

Monitor any safeguarding issues following company policy and local authority procedures

Give daily feedback to Group Manager/Directors about the nursery including any complaints received or any situation that may be detrimental to the company.

Prepare the nursery for Ofsted inspections and action any or recommendations made by the inspector are followed up accordingly.

Individual Accountability

Ensure that all staff are aware of their areas of responsibility and to be able to clearly demonstrate an awareness of own areas of responsibility and how these are being met.

Communicate effectively with all members of staff and be professional at all times.

To ensure Nursery Development Plan and Ofsted Self Evaluation form are kept up to date and all staff are aware of this through Individual Development Plans and regular staff meetings.

Work within the margins of confidentially respecting information pertaining to children, parents and staff.

Identify those whose practice does not comply with organisational and legal requirements, agree action plan with Group Manager and take steps to resolve issues.

Manage own time to complete tasks effectively, prioritising workload and delegating tasks to management team. Monitor and evaluate progress of delegated tasks, providing constructive feedback.

Contribute and participate in the development of new ideas.

keep up to date on all current childcare issues and changes in legislation.

Take overall responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of the children, ensuring that their needs are met.

Make recommendations for the future development and long term vision of the nursery.

Ensure that the nursery is fully resourced with essential items to allow for full implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Health & Safety legislation.

Take part in regular meetings with the Group manager, informing of nursery developments, implementation of standards, policies and procedures, areas of concern, and planned timetable of work.

Be a key holder for the nursery.


To be accountable for staffing within the nursery ensuring that appropriate ratios of qualified to unqualified staff and children to staff are maintained.

Maintain a list of appropriate relief staff to cover staff holidays and absence.

Ensure recruitment vacancies are advertised and filled in line with the company recruitment policy.

Be responsible for the recruitment of new members of staff ensuring that all recruitment processes comply with company recruitment policy, employment legislation and Ofsted requirements.

Ensure that all new staff members receive a formal induction during the probationary period and probationary review within the stated time scale.

Maintain accurate and up to date personnel records for all employees within the nursery.

Monitor and develop the work of the staff team against the criteria set in their job descriptions.

Ensure that all staff receive an annual appraisal producing an Individual Development Plan.

Maintain company supervision and appraisal system, assessing and appraising the performance of staff members, providing opportunities for further informal meetings if necessary.

Identify and deal with poor performance with agreed action plans with individual, clear targets and goals, realistic timescales and opportunities for constructive feedback and monitoring, ensuring that all documentation is accurate and signed.

In consultation with the Group Manager deal with grievance and disciplinary matters in accordance with company procedures.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships in the staff team, through regular staff meetings, team meetings, training sessions and open honest communication.

Provide constructive, honest, feedback to support and encourage all staff.

Manage staff annual leave requests to ensure staffing requirements are met.

Monitor staff sickness, unauthorised absence and staff turnover reporting findings and proposals for implementation to Group Manager.

Establish good professional relationships with colleagues working in other nurseries.

Finance and Administration

To monitor occupancy to ensure places are utilised to their maximum potential and future requirements are met and effectively managed.

To ensure that petty cash is used appropriately and accurate records are maintained

To confirm accurate direct debit list's ensuring compliance with direct debit legislation at all time.

Ensure that all supplies are used with due economy.

To maintain children's records to a high standard with due regard to confidentiality.

Assist staff in the carrying out observations and evaluations of children's activities. Check and evaluate tapestry system on a weekly basis.

Maintain personal contact with parents through meetings, parents evenings, open days and informal conversations.

Ensure that all parents are fully informed about the nursery and that new parents are welcomed appropriately giving due regard to their concerns and questions.

Communicate effectively with parents through a monthly newsletter informing of nursery activities and developments.

Ensure that all parents have signed a contract and agreed terms and conditions.

Monitor and maintain key worker system.


Ensure that all staff deliver high quality customer service at all times.

Ensure that all staff are trained to have regard for the parents/prospective parent's needs and information is communicated clearly and positively.

Manage and maintain the waiting list.

Devise an action plan to ensure that occupancy levels can be maintained throughout seasonal variations.

Training and Development

Be professional, polite and positive in all verbal and non-verbal interactions with staff, parents and children at all times.

Through regular supervisions identify individual and nursery development needs ensuring these needs are met through appropriate training.

In conjunction with management team provide information on appropriate training courses and learning opportunities.

Ensure all staff are aware of how to access training.

Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of training through staff member's evaluation after training, following agreed actions to improve practice.

Cascade training to the rest of the nursery team to embed within practice.

Organise and implement on the job training within the nursery.

Ensure that trainee staff have experience with different age groups and that appropriate learning objectives are assessed and evaluated accordingly.

Ensure that areas for development on Individual Development Plans are worked towards at all times.

Health and Safety

Ensure that the physical environment of the nursery is maintained to comply with the requirements of the Health & Safety at Work Act.

Ensure that a daily Health & Safety checks are carried out.

Be aware of and comply with EHO and COSHH regulations.

Appoint Health & SafetyOfficer, providing training, support and opportunities to relay appropriate policies and practices to staff.

Ensure that all staff are aware of their own responsibilities. Through the induction process.

Ensure that all security systems are fully operational and access is denied to unauthorised personnel.

Ensure that all risk assessments are up to date, and fire drills are carried out on a monthly basis and recorded accurately and promptly.

Bring any problems to the attention of the Group Manager/Directors.

Have clear knowledge of procedures to be followed in case of emergency e.g. Fire, and accident, completing and submitting relevant paperwork.

Oversee all medication administration within the nursery following medication policy.

Assist in the requisitioning for repairs and replacement of equipment.

Operate high standards of cleanliness and hygiene within the nursery.

Ensure that staff carry out appropriate indoor and outdoor equipment checks, checking the garden before each use.

Ensure the nursery is kept clean and hygienic at all times and to carry out minor cleaning duties throughout the day

Ensure that staff carry out regular cleaning of equipment and that it is recorded accurately.

Lock up ensuring that the nursery is safely secured.

Ensure that equipment and resources used are of suitable design and condition, well maintained and conform to safety standards.

Conditions of Employment

This Job Description is not intended to be a complete inventory of all the activities the jobholder would be expected to undertake. The post holder is required to comply with all the nursery's policies and procedures and to meet his/her responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act.

Job Type: Full-time


Childcare: 5 years
Management: 2 years

NVQ Level 3 in Childcare
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