Nursery Manager, Petersfield, Hampshire
Responsible to: Nursery Director
Posts Supervised: Deputy Manager, Nursery Practitioners/ Educators
Annual Salary c£27,000 to £29,000 (depending on experience)
Hours: 40 hours (between 7.15am – 6.45pm Monday – Friday)
- To manage a privately owned, 40-place farm school nursery; to recruit, train, supervise and support the team in the running and organisation of the nursery.
- To lead and maintain an exciting and inspirational child led approach to education, inspired by Reggio Emilia, making sure there is stimulating and a varied programme of play, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children at all times.
- Our clients beautiful nursery is based on a working farm, they have a large garden with animals, an edible garden, outside play facilities and the opportunity for exploration and discovery in the nearby woods and farmland.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
- Level 5 Relevant Early Years Qualification (Essential)
- Level 6 EYPS/EYTS (Desirable)
- First Aid Certificate (Paediatric) (Desirable)
- Basic safeguarding Training (Desirable)
- Integrated working and safeguarding training (MANAGERS/LEAD ROLE level) (Desirable)
- Equal Opportunities Training (Desire bale)
KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE
- Experience of working in a Nursery/Pre-School setting
- Reggio Emilia approach to education (Desirable)
- Supervisory experience within a similar setting
- Health and Safety Procedures
- Child Development and Behaviour
- Special Needs
- Sound knowledge of Safeguarding
- Childcare Legislation
- Early Years Foundation Stage (including safeguarding and welfare requirements)
- Equal Opportunities practice
- Experience of administration including budget management
- Performance monitoring of staff, including making recommendations for staff continuous professional development.
SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Able to plan, organise and implement the Early Years Foundation Stage
- Able to manage and lead a team of staff
- Able to work with parents and encourage their involvement
- Able to work on own initiative
- Able to write clear records and reports
Good communication skills:
- with children
- with colleagues
- with parents
- with external agencies
- Enthusiasm for the role
- Friendly, Flexible Approach
- Personal Development
- To take responsibility for the identifying and planning of individual children’s needs through the Early Years Foundation Stage.
- Monitor the effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage to help all children make progress
- To safeguard children through following correct procedures including carrying out risk assessments and making/assisting with referrals to children’s social care where appropriate.
- To act as the Safeguarding Officer for the Nursery and undertake this role with integrity and professionalism-putting the child’s needs first.
- To be responsible for providing a high quality of teaching, ensuring that staff are properly deployed and offer appropriate stimulation and support to the children.
- To draw up and to supervise the daily programme of Nursery activities, routines and events which follow and are focussed on children’s needs and interests.
- To manage staff rotas, holidays, arrange staff cover and ensure setting works within the correct ratios at all times.
- To be responsible for implementing systems of observation and record keeping so that children’s attainment and progress are effectively and regularly assessed; to monitor the effectiveness of assessment procedures.
- To organise the key person system and to effectively supervise staff on a daily basis; to be responsible for monitoring the quality of teaching; to participate in staff appraisals and to identify in-service training needs.
- To ensure records are properly maintained and monitored, e.g. daily register, accident and incident book.
- To liaise closely with parents/carers, informing them about the Nursery and their child’s learning journey, exchanging information about children’s progress and encouraging parental involvement both at home and in the setting.
- To ensure that the Nursery is a safe environment for children, staff and others, that equipment is safe, standards of hygiene are high, safety procedures are implemented at all times and fire drills are regularly practiced.
- To liaise with the Company Directors, Ofsted, social services and other professionals as necessary and ensure that all legal and statutory requirements are implemented; to provide reports as required.
- To contribute to and to implement all Nursery policies and procedures, especially those on equal opportunities, safeguarding children and confidentiality.
- To manage Nursery petty cash system.
- To manage daily communication with nursery parents, answering queries and offering re-assurance when necessary.
- To actively welcome new enquiries and visits from prospective parents.
- To be a good role model to staff, students, parents and children at all times.
- Support the Directors to deliver the nursery business plan and be a positive advocate for the nursery at all times.
- Actively encourage new business generation through marketing and promotion of the nursery ‘vision’.
- To work with the Company Directors in order to manage Nursery budgets and to discuss the development of Nursery.
- To attend relevant training courses and meetings as required. Some of these may be outside of normal working hours.
- To co-ordinate special events, including any sponsored activities, fairs, Christmas parties, open evenings and meetings.
- To co-ordinate any outings and/or visits with the children.
- To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the Company Directors, in accordance with the Nursery business plan-objectives.
NB. This post is exempt from the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions/cautions they may have and any orders which have been made against them