Deputy Nursery Manager

Sapphires Nursery School
Kingston Upon Thames
11 Feb 2019
14 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time


To model the nursery’s Christian Ethos and inspire others to do the same (see Sapphires Ethos attached)

Scope of Position:

· To ensure that all children attending Sapphires are kept safe and receive rich and stimulating learning experiences appropriate for their age and stage of development.

· To create a warm, nurturing and welcoming environment

· To assist in recruiting, supporting, training and appraising all staff to ensure high quality childcare practice.

· To effectively manage the day-to-day running of the nursery including financial operations in the absence of the Nursery Manager.

Key Responsibilities:


· Monitor the planning and implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

· Assist in the assessment of the quality of teaching from each member of staff, identifying areas for development.

· Analyse children’s progress and monitor the data continuously.

· Develop and maintain professional relationships with external agencies, including OFSTED.

· Ensure that required standards, ratios and conditions of registration are maintained at all times.

· Maintain accurate records for all of the children on roll including attendance registers, emergency contact information and relevant medical information and update this information regularly.

· Monitor child protection issues, parent issues, complaints and accidents to ensure that remedial action is taken immediately.

· Liaise with the Nursery Manager and Nursery Director as appropriate.

· Support the facilitation of inspections by regulatory bodies and implement any actions and recommendations.

· Assist the Nursery Manager to review and update policies, procedures and risk assessment.

· Ensure care, maintenance, and security of toys and equipment within the setting.

· Liaise with outside agencies and professionals in the best interests of all children

· Help the Nursery Manager to provide regular newsletters

· Manage invoices and financial transactions.

Human Resources

· Take a shared responsibility for all staff, ensuring they are trained, inducted, motivated, appraised and developed in a positive and effective manner.

· Ensure that the appropriate levels of qualified/ unqualified staff are maintained within nursery and keep a current record of supply staff.

· Assist with the organization of regular staff meetings and identify staff training needs.

· Manage staff annual leave requests to ensure the setting is adequately staffed at all times.

· Ensure all staff rotas are accurate, including reporting of absence through sickness and holidays.

· To maintain confidentiality at all times.

Health and Safety

· Undertake a shared responsibility for the health and safety of children, staff, parents and visitors.

· Ensure security systems and procedures are always fully operational and implemented correctly.

· Update and maintain risk assessments for the setting, premises and all outings.

· Maintain accident records in accordance with company policy.

· Ensure all relevant reports are submitted to Environmental Health, OFSTED, RIDDOR and the local safeguarding officer in a timely manner.

· Operate the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene within the setting.

· Establish appropriate emergency procedures.

· Take a joint responsibility for the supervision of the administration of all medication with the Nursery Manager.

· Take responsibility for administering first aid within the setting.

Customer Service

· Arrange and oversee regular parent’s evenings.

· Ensure regular communication with parents through newsletters, information 
evenings, open days and open evenings.

· Actively promote the setting and be involved in the seeking and retention of 

· Confirm bookings through verbal and written communication to new parents.

Person Specification





· A childcare qualification at level 3

· A degree in a relevant childcare qualification

· Early Years Teacher/Qualified Teacher Status

· Paediatric first-aid qualification


· A minimum of two years post qualifying experience of nursery management in a full day care setting

· Experience in a supervisory capacity of delivering care and education to young children

· Experience of leading and supporting a staff team to improve practice

· Experience of developing positive relationships with colleagues, parents, children and outside agencies

· Experience of managing nursery finances, including invoicing, chasing debts and managing salary budgets

· Experience or knowledge of Ofsted requirements

Knowledge & Skills

· Knowledge and understanding of the Children’s Act

· The ability to work on own initiative and prioritise workload

· Knowledge of the EYFS and child development

· Ability to lead, coach and motivate a team

· UK driving license – full and clean

· Knowledge and understanding of Equal Opportunities

· Excellent organisational abilities

· Awareness of health and safety legislation

· Ability to use a range of IT equipment

· A working knowledge of nursery software packages

· Ability to successfully market the setting

· A clear understanding of the importance of confidentiality

· Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines

· Excellent communication skills

· Knowledge of safer recruitment practice

Personal Qualities

· A passion for working with children

· A willingness to model the school’s Christian Ethos and values thought the conduct and responses outlined in the Ethos statement

· Personal integrity

· Friendly, reliable and flexible approach

· Trustworthiness

· Punctuality

· Robustness

· Willingness to follow instructions and adhere to policy

· A co-operative and collaborative approach

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