Nursery Manager

Recruiter
The Treehouse Club
Location
Essex, UK
Salary
Competitive
Posted
17 Aug 2019
Closes
24 Aug 2019
Ref
1230358319
Sector
Education
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Nursery Manager
Job Type: Full time
Salary: £28,000
Hours: 42.5 hour week over 5 days a week from 8.30am to 5.30pm
Location: Rawreth
The Treehouse Club, now spanning three settings is the first full time forestry nursery in Essex. All our settings are situated in woods and rural surrounds giving us amazing opportunities for the children.
We are looking for an amazing manager who has managed a setting with an out of school club and a large nursery before. Must have been in management for a number of years, holds a minimum of a level 3 qualification and has a large interest in outdoor education.
Ideal candidate would have written staffing, nursery development plans, clear understanding of occupancy and seen settings through Ofsted visits.
Nursery Manager Benefits
* 28 days holiday pro rota, including bank holidays.
* Childcare voucher scheme.
* Free on-site parking.
* Pension available.
Nursery Manager Key Responsibilities
* To manage the provision of the nursery ensuring that children, parents and the staff team work together to provide high quality childcare.
* To be responsible for the management of day-to-day financial operations within the nursery, by meeting financial targets and managing the occupancy ensuring maximum capacity.
* To manage a staff team effectively.
* To agree and set nursery goals and monitor the achievement of progress against targets.
* To monitor and assess the quality of provision ensuring that policies and procedures, best practice and standards are maintained.
* To ensure that all paperwork relating to the children is completed and updated on our online systems such as health care plans, allergy plans, funding forms and register audits.
Areas of Nursery Manager Responsibility:
Operational Responsibilities
1. To be responsible for the day-to-day running of the nursery, ensuring compliance with registration and legislative requirements at all times.
2. To ensure that the nursery conforms to and exceeds the requirements of Ofsted.
3. To ensure that the nursery consistently meets the requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage to a minimum good standard.
4. To uphold and ensure a high standard of care throughout the nursery.
5. To implement and maintain the company's Equality policy ensuring that children, parents and the staff team are valued and practice is positive and non-discriminatory.
6. To monitor any safeguarding issues following local authority procedures.
7. Notify Owners of any complaints received or any situation that may be detrimental to the company, agree actions to resolve issues and implement accordingly.
8. Review Ofsted Regulation Folders to prepare the nursery for Ofsted inspections and action any recommendations made by the inspector ensuring a minimum good grade is awarded.
9. Updating monthly and termly audits.
10. Create strong parent relationships, planning parents evening.
Individual Accountability
1. To ensure that all staff are aware of their areas of responsibility using weekly and monthly task sheets and to be able to clearly demonstrate an awareness of own areas of responsibility and how these are being met.
2. Ensuring that additional roles and responsibilities, e.g. SENCO, ENCO, Health & Safety Officer, Safeguarding Officer etc, are allocated amongst the team and suitably qualified staff members and that their roles are being actively carried out to a high standard.
3. Review online learning journeys.
4. To communicate effectively with all members of staff and be professional at all times.
5. To ensure Nursery Development Plan, Ofsted Self Evaluation form and the Local Offer are kept up to date and all staff are aware of this through Individual Development Plans and regular staff meetings.
6. Work within the margins of confidentially respecting information pertaining to children, parents and staff.
7. Identify those whose practice does not comply with organisational and legal requirements, agree action plan with Area Manager and take steps to resolve issues.
8. Manage own time to complete tasks effectively, prioritising workload and delegating tasks to management team. Monitor and evaluate progress of delegated tasks, providing constructive feedback.
9. To contribute and participate in the development of new ideas.
10. To keep up to date on all current childcare issues.
11. Take overall responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of the children, ensuring that their needs are met.
12. To make recommendations for the future development and long term vision of the nursery.
13. To ensure that the nursery is fully resourced with essential items to allow for full implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Health & Safety legislation.
14. To travel to, prepare for, attend and contribute to Managers meetings.
15. Take part in regular meetings with the Area manager, informing of nursery developments, implementation of standards, policies and procedures, areas of concern, and planned timetable of work.
16. To be a key holder for the nursery.
Personnel
1. To be accountable for staffing within the nursery ensuring that appropriate ratios of qualified to unqualified staff and children to staff are maintained.
2. In the event of senior staff absence, working such hours to make sure that the setting is appropriately staffed and legal requirements covered.
3. Managing rotas and school collection/drop off rotas, including the bus rotas, to take responsibility for the staffing of the setting including management of sickness and holiday cover.
4. Meet with the senior staff and room leaders to oversee and ensure that all planning (short, medium and long term) is in place through the Setting, allocate duties and follow them through.
5. Plan staff meetings, including strong improvement plans.
6. Maintain a list of appropriate bank staff.
7. To ensure recruitment vacancies are advertised and filled in line with the company recruitment policy.
8. Liaise with owner for all temporary staff requirements.
9. To be responsible for the recruitment of new members of staff ensuring that all recruitment processes comply with company policy, employment legislation and Ofsted requirements.
10. Ensure that all new staff members receive a formal induction during the probationary period and probationary review within the stated time scale.
11. Maintain accurate and up to date personnel records for all employees within the nursery.
12. Monitor and develop the work of the staff team against the criteria set in their job descriptions.
13. To ensure that all staff receive an annual appraisal producing an Individual Development Plan.
14. Maintain company supervision and appraisal system, assessing and appraising the performance of staff members, providing opportunities for further informal meetings if necessary.
15. Identify and deal with poor performance with agreed action plans with individual, clear targets and goals, realistic timescales and opportunities for constructive feedback and monitoring, ensuring that all documentation is accurate and signed.
16. In consultation with the Area Manager deal with grievance and disciplinary matters in accordance with company procedures.
17. Establish and maintain effective working relationships in the staff team, through regular staff meetings, team meetings, training sessions and open honest communication.
18. Provide constructive, honest, feedback to support and encourage all staff.
19. Review staff annual leave requests to ensure staffing requirements are met and holiday recommendations are made to benefit the setting.
20. Monitor staff sickness, unauthorised absence and staff turnover reporting findings and proposals for implementation to Area Manager.
21. To establish good professional relationships with colleagues working in other nurseries.
Finance and Administration
1. Ensure that all invoices are issued, liaise with administrators regarding late payments and deal with any credit control issues.
2. Ensure funding forms and making sure that they are returned in time for processing.
3. Implement and ensure that set budgets are not exceeded.
4. Monitor budgets against overall targets and goals, prepare for and attend budget meetings and plan remedial action for problem areas.
5. Maintain accurate budget information.
6. To monitor occupancy to ensure places are utilised to their maximum potential and future requirements are met and effectively managed.
7. To ensure that petty cash is used appropriately and accurate records are maintained and submitted monthly.
9. To confirm accurate direct debit list's ensuring compliance with direct debit legislation at all time.
10. To keep Owner informed of staff leavers and any relevant changes following payroll submission.
11. To ensure that all supplies are used with due economy.
12. To ensure prior authorisation is sought for any expenditure outside set budgets.
13. To keep all computer systems and records up to date and accurate at all times and to be aware of the Data Protection Act and its implications.
14. To maintain children's records to a high standard with due regard to confidentiality.
15. To observe children through play to identify their individual needs and monthly aims.
16. To assist staff in the carrying out observations and evaluations of children's activities.
17. To maintain personal contact with parents through meetings, parents evenings, open days and informal conversations.
18. To ensure that all parents are fully informed about the nursery and that new parents are welcomed appropriately giving due regard to their concerns and questions.
19. To communicate effectively with parents through a monthly newsletter informing of nursery activities and developments.
20. Ensure that all parents have signed a contract and agreed terms and conditions.
21. Monitor and maintain key worker system.
22. To monitor and collate H.S.E logs and information.
Marketing
1. Ensure that all staff deliver high quality customer service at all times.
2. Ensure that all staff are trained to have regard for the parents/prospective parent's needs and information is communicated clearly and positively.
3. Complete all marketing paperwork, following up enquiries, visits and calls.
4. Effectively market the nursery in the local community utilising local events to promote the nursery's image, including planned open days and advertising events.
5. Manage and maintain the waiting list to actively fill all vacant spaces.
6. Devise an action plan to ensure that occupancy levels can be maintained throughout seasonal variations.
7. Following the marketing plan and ensuring all points are actioned.
Training and Development
1. Be professional, polite and positive in all verbal and non-verbal interactions with staff, parents and children at all times.
2. Through regular supervisions identify individual and nursery development needs ensuring these needs are met through appropriate training.
3. In conjunction with management team provide information on appropriate training courses and learning opportunities.
4. Ensure all staff are aware of how to access training.
5. Ensure that funding is authorised and relevant paperwork is completed.
6. Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of training through staff member's evaluation after training, following agreed actions to improve practice.
7. To organise and implement on the job training within the nursery.
8. To ensure that trainee staff have experience with different age groups and that appropriate learning objectives are assessed and evaluated accordingly.
9. To ensure that areas for development on Individual Development Plans are worked towards at all times.
Health & Safety
1. To ensure that the physical environment of the nursery is maintained to comply with the requirements of the Health & Safety at Work Act.
2. To ensure that a daily Health & Safety checks are carried out.
3. Be aware of and comply with EHO and COSHH regulations.
4. Appoint Health & Safety coordinator, providing training, support and opportunities to relay appropriate policies and practices to staff.
5. Ensure that all staff are aware of their own responsibilities.
6. Ensure that all security systems are fully operational and access is denied to unauthorised personnel.
7. Ensure that all risk assessments are up to date, and fire drills are carried out on a regular basis and recorded accurately and promptly.
8. To bring any problems to the attention of the Area Manager.
9. To have clear knowledge of procedures to be followed in case of emergency e.g. Fire, and accident, completing and submitting relevant paperwork.
10. To oversee all medication administration within the nursery following medication policy.
11. To assist in the requisitioning for repairs and replacement of equipment.
12. Operate high standards of cleanliness and hygiene within the nursery.
13. To ensure that staff carry out appropriate indoor and outdoor equipment checks, checking the garden before each use.
14. To ensure that staff carry out regular cleaning of the nursery and equipment and that it is recorded accurately.
15. Lock up ensuring that the nursery is safely secured and alarmed.
16. To ensure that equipment and resources used are of suitable design and condition, well maintained and conform to safety standards.
Safeguarding statement
The Treehouse Forestry Nursery and Out of School Club is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and takes its statutory duties and responsibilities in this context very seriously. We expect everyone working in or on behalf of the setting to share our commitment.
We take pride in ensuring that our robust policies and procedures are reviewed regularly and implemented consistently, by everyone, as we strive to maintain a strong safeguarding working practices and culture. Annual safeguarding training is provided to all staff and is an integral part of the setting's Continued Professional Development training. All staff, volunteers and main contractors undergo appropriate DBS checks prior to appointment.
-Safer recruitment
The Treehouse Forestry Nursery and Out of School Club applies safer recruitment policies to ensure that all of our staff are suitable to work with children and young people. We advise you in advance that two people will be involved in your recruitment process. Both people will partake in your interview and each person will individually review all applications and paperwork to ensure that you are suitable for the role.
Part of our safer recruitment procedure includes obtaining references for you. One of these references must be your latest employer. If you are unable to obtain a reference before the interview from your current employer then you must obtain references from the employer before that as well as one other reference.
References from former employers are preferable over any other referee. Please note that we will need to obtain a reference from your latest employer before completing our processes for you to commence working for us.
We are at liberty to advise you that if there are gaps in your employment history or any other information that gives us cause for concern, we will contact your former employers to obtain further information and satisfy any concerns that we have.
-Eligibility to work within the UK
We will need to obtain evidence from you to confirm that you are eligible to work within the UK. We confirm that this information, as well as all personal information, will be held in our Staff Central Record

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