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Nursery Manager

Leeds City Council

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Little Gems Nursery is looking for a nursery manager to come in and stamp their authority on the position on offer, this is a new Nursery.

This is a full time post with the option to work either only term time or throughout the year.

Please find attached the application form with the person specifications.

If you feel you have the relevant skills and experiences, then please submit your CV/application online to LGLC577@yahoo.com.

Job Description

Post Title: Nursery Manager

Reports to: Proprietor

Purpose of Job

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.

Main 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 0 – 5 year olds 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.

 To be responsible at all times for high standards of care and education of children between 0 to 5 years in accordance with statutory requirements.

 To ensure the EYFS is promoted and delivered within the setting and the principles adhered to.

 To ensure effective communication between the Day Care staff and with all partner organisations.

 To be responsible for admissions in line with the admissions policy agreed by the Proprietor.

 To keep a register and up to date records of all children using the Day Care provision and to give regular feedback to parents about their child’s development and progress.

 To be responsible for organising training and monitoring students in the Day Care provision.

Supervision / Management of People

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

Deputy Manager


Nursery Assistants

Level 2/3 Workers

Unqualified / Level 1/2 Workers

The Nursery Manager will identify staff training needs and facilitate training opportunities.

Creativity and Innovation

 The Nursery Manager will have a key role in planning and monitoring of the nursery and implementing essential policies and procedures. This will require creative thought together with an informed understanding of statutory requirements and best practice for childcare.

 The Nursery Manager must work to Nursery policies about Keeping Children Safe, Equal Opportunities, Data Protection and Confidentiality.

 The Nursery Manager will need to understand and implement For Under Fives policies and procedures (for example for Health and Safety) in relation to staff, buildings and resources.

Contacts and Relationships

Working relationships will include the following:



All staff employed for the day care provision

 Children


 Ofsted

 Parents and families

 Staff from a wide range of other agencies and settings including the Social Services, Primary Care Trust, NHS Trust, Surestart 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 child protection policies and procedures).



 The Nursery Manager will work closely with the Proprietor. Information and guidance will be readily available; however, the Nursery Manager will be expected to work autonomously in relation to the day to day management of Nursery. The role requires the confidence to make day to day decisions thoughtfully and with a high degree of sensitivity to the needs of children and families.

 The Nursery Manager will be expected to make recommendations and proposals about service developments and changes, but not to make decisions about substantive changes to the Nursery.


 Decisions made by the Nursery Manager will directly impact on the day to day quality, availability and flexibility of Day Care for children and families.


 The Nursery Manager will have day to day responsibility for the planning of Day Care in the Nursery and for the use of other resources. Also for ensuring that the day care provision is clean, safe and welcoming for families and staff.

 The Nursery will be an authorised signatory for orders and staff timesheets to an agreed level of delegation.

 The Nursery Manager will be a key holder for the Nursery.

Work Environment

a) Work Demands

The Nursery Manager will need to demonstrate effective time and resource management to meet the planned needs of children and families and any anticipated demands that might be reasonably foreseen. The Nursery Manager will need to be attentive to a planned timetable whilst retaining the flexibility to be accessible and available to parents and staff. The Nursery Manager will need to make judgements about the delegation of tasks and responsibilities to the Deputy Manager and other staff in the Nursery.

b) Physical Demands

The work requires normal physical effort. It may occasionally involve lifting and handling of training equipment, play equipment and other resources and to be involved in practical activities and physical care of young children.

c) Working Conditions

The Nursery Manager is mainly office/nursery based, but will be expected to attend meetings & training in other places.

Knowledge and Skills

 Knowledge, understanding and practical experience of Day Care for young children

 Knowledge and practical understanding of child development and parenting

 Knowledge and understanding of legislation and regulations relating to day care for young children and the inspections process for approval of day care settings

 Knowledge and ability to create and implement policies and procedures consistent with legislation, regulations and local requirements

 Able to work independently and to manage own time efficiently

 Experience of managing, supervision and appraisal of staff

 Ability to develop an effective team

 Warm and caring personality – friendly and approachable to families

 Ability to create and implement basic systems for child records

 Ability to communicate effectively with staff at all levels

 Commitment to the principle that families ‘know best’ about their own needs

 Commitment to equal opportunities for all children and families

A) Other Duties

The duties and responsibilities in this job description are not restrictive and the post holder may be required to undertake any other duties which may be required from time to time. Any such duties should not, however, substantially change the general character of the post.

B) Equal Opportunities

The post holder must carry out his/her duties with full regard to the setting’s Equal Opportunities policy

C) Health and Safety

The post holder must carry out his/her duties with full regard to the setting’s Health and Safety procedures.

York Road Nursery is an equal opportunities employer. We also are committed to safeguarding children, therefore all applicants will be carefully vetted and subject to reference and suitability checks, including DBS enhanced disclosure.

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