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Nursery Manager


Posted: 05/03/2019

Academic Appointments are currently working in partnership with a brand new, private day care nursery opening in the Wharfedale area from September 2019. We are looking to recruit a full time, permanent Nursery Manager from June 2019.
This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of building up a great Early Years Setting. In the first few months you will be supporting with the opening of the nursery, contributing your ideas and working closely with the owner. We are looking for someone to lead and develop a new team, set procedures, induct staff, support and train all new staff to ensure a high-quality childcare practice.
  • You must have good communication skills, being able to communicate with children, parents, carers, colleagues and other professionals.
  • You should have experience of working with babies, toddlers and young children in the nursery or care setting and must have demonstrated an understanding of how young children learn through their play and must be prepared to practice the approach within the nursery setting.
  • You must understand the importance of keeping up to date records and understand how these records are used to plan children’s activities.
  • You must be able to work alone and as part of a team and should have team building and team management skills relevant to the post. An understanding of what makes as team work (team dynamics) is essential.
Duties (list not exhaustive):
  • Offer daily supervision to staff, feeding back when necessary.
  • Ensure the daily routine is followed thus supporting children using the facility.
  • Managing staff rotas, ensuring that sufficient staff are available to cover shift and maintain staff: child ratios.
  • Keep a record of staff attendance, including holiday entitlements.
  • Plan student and work experience placements.
  • Take on such duties as required to ensure that staff are not taken away from child supervision duties, e.g., answering the door, telephone etc.
  • Support staff planning on a weekly basis (planning for the next day’s activities).
  • Monitor and evaluate curriculum to ensure that appropriate play experiences continue to be planned for children throughout the day, e.g., at small group time, large group time, work time etc. Curriculum should be entirely age and stage appropriate.
  • Receive payments from parents in respect of fees, issuing receipts and recording on sales ledger, contacting parents who have arrears situation. Collection of fees (mostly Direct Debit), pursuing outstanding fees. Resolving any account queries.
  • Monitor child observation records, supporting staff in the gathering of anecdotal observations.
  • Identify training needs of staff and assist proprietor with the planning of training activities, supporting training activities that may need to be performed outside of normal nursery hours.
  • Ensure that staff observe all internal procedure and policies, identifying areas of development at a personal and team level, leading by example.
  • Completion of children’s records and observations to be transferred to individual records as necessary.
  • Perform child-protection/safeguarding duties, liaising with staff, parents and other professionals where necessary.
  • Organise and attend staff meetings as required.
  • Attend managers meetings as required.
  • Support fundraising efforts, e.g., sponsored events, fete etc.
  • When staff vacancies arise, interview candidates following the selection criteria.
  • Carry on induction training of new staff.
  • Liaise with the nursery chef with regards to menus being offered, periodically checking the nutritional values of typical menus.
  • Action the disciplinary Procedure when necessary.
  • Be available to staff who require emotional support and /or counselling due to personal problems.
  • Meet Health & Safety Officer regularly to ensure that maintenance of building, equipment and resources is at a good level.
  • Ensure that the learning environment is set up in a pleasing and stimulating way every day, including the garden.
  • By appointment, show parents around the facility.
  • Support new children, their parents and staff during the child’s settling in period (varies from child to child).
  • Arrange emergency evacuations on a regular basis, monitoring progress and identifying areas of development.
  • Communicating pleasantly and effectively in person, in writing and on the telephone.
  • Be the named person for purpose of Ofsted and local inspections.
  • Preparation of monthly invoices.
  • Ensure facility meets requirements as set by Ofsted and Local authority.
  • Maintaining accurate and confidential staff, children’s and parent’s records.
  • Providing a good role model for Students and Trainee Nursery Practitioner, Nursery Practitioner, Room Leader and helping new staff to fit into the nursery.
The following requirements are also essential:
  • To have worked with under 5s in a nursery environment as a Deputy Manager or Manager
  • Possess an NVQ 3 in childcare or above.
  • SENCO Training
  • The ability to write quality observations/ planning/ next steps
  • Possess a deep knowledge of the EYFS curriculum.
  • Knowledge of Ofsted requirements within Nursery environment
  • Planning skills /experience.
  • Sound knowledge and experience writing 2 year progress checks/ integrated review
  • DBS on Update service
  • Safeguarding Children Training
  • Experience managing a staff team
  • Lead or been party to Ofsted inspection
  • Health & Safety Training
  • Developing Curriculum
  • Creating rotas
  • Training & Development of Team
  • Managing of Fees/ Invoices
If this is the job for you then please ‘Apply Now’ or, for more details contact Sally, our Permanent Recruitment Consultant on 0113 3901006 or email
Academic Appointments is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. 

All posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check and referencing.
Policies, including our ‘Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy’, can be found on our website.

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Job Reference: #404262
Sector: Early Years
Location: Leeds
Pay: £30,000 - £40,000
Contract Type: Permanent
Applications End: 02/04/2019
Status: Filled
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Call: 0113 3901003
Our Address: 4225 Park Approach, Thorpe Park, Leeds LS15 8GB
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