Nursery Manager

Reading, Berkshire
Job Type
16 Sep 2019

The Nursery Manager will be expected to provide high quality, flexible childcare for families from the local communities.

The Nursery Manager will oversee the operation of the day nursery to the highest standards, ensuring that the best possible environment and care are provided for young children.

The Nursery Manager will be office based at the nursery setting; however, may need to cover at other settings from time to time to meet the needs of the company. They will also be required to attend training and meetings in different locations.


Main duties and responsibilities

  • To be responsible for and to oversee the day to day management, staffing, organisation and smooth running of the nursery. To develop the ethos of the nursery and to create a welcoming and family friendly environment.
  • To be a member of the management team and to contribute to the strategic planning, monitoring, evaluation and development of the nursery. This will include ensuring effective communication between the nursery staff and with all partner organisations.
  • To be responsible at all times for high standards of care and education of children between 0-5 years in accordance with statutory requirements. You must ensure you promote the EYFS and deliver this within the setting and the principles adhered to.
  • To have a key role in planning and monitoring of the nursery and implementing essential policies and procedures including safeguarding, equal opportunities, data protection and confidentiality. This will require creative together with an informed understanding of statutory requirements and best practice for childcare.
  • To order and maintain equipment and resources in the nursery.
  • To be a keyholder for the nursery and be responsible for financial demands such as chasing fees, taking payments, organising petty cash and processing of wages. You must be accountable and responsible for day to day financial systems directly relating to the day nursery provision.
  • Time keeping is paramount, along with flexibility about working in different rooms and or settings as and when required to ensure the effective operation of the nursery. You must attend all out of hours’ activities: Staff meetings, manager’s meetings, training, parent’s evenings and nursery events.
  • To be responsible for admissions in line with the admissions policy agreed by the management team. You must keep a register and up to date records, using our system iconnect.
  • To keep an up to date records of all staff employed within the nursery provision, including DBS numbers, qualifications and training, through a single record.
  • To follow the safer recruitment policy and procedure when recruiting staff.
  • To ensure all safeguarding policies and procedures are being adheared to and followed.
  • To be responsible for organising training and monitoring students in the nursery provision.

Supervision/Management of people

The post holder will be responsible for management, supervision and appraisal of the following staff

  • Deputy Manager
  • Room heads
  • All Nursery practitioners
  • Kitchen staff
  • Cleaners
  • Students/Apprentices

From time to time there may be a requirement to manage the work of staff who are appointed for supply or volunteer work.


Contacts and relationships

Working relationships will include the following:


  • Nursery operations lead/Owner
  • All staff employed for the day nursery provision
  • children


  • Parents and families
  • Staff from a wide range of multi-agencies and settings including social services and a range of voluntary/private sector organisations and day care providers.

The nursery manager will be expected to build good working relationships at every level. Working in partnership with parents and families is highly valued and the Nursery Manager must be approachable, friendly and able to communicate effectively at all times.

At all times the Nursery Manager will be expected to respect the confidentiality of sensitive family information. (subject to safeguarding policies and procedures)