Nursery Manager

Bright Horizons
East London, UK
19 Oct 2019
24 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about children's learning and development and looking for an exciting new challenge?

Our Columbus Courtyard Nursery in Canary Wharf are currently recruiting for a Nursery Manager to join the team!

Our beautiful nursery is situated a short walk from Canary Wharf Station and Poplar DLR Station. The nursery features bright, spacious rooms with floor to ceiling windows maximising natural light.

Columbus Courtyard children are often seen out and about on the Wharf; we love to make the most of our fantastic location and explore local attractions like the Docklands Museum, roof top garden, watching the clipper boats on the riverside, and playing in the secured courtyard.

This is a full time role, working 40 hours per week with competitive salary bracket of £38,000 - £47,000 per Annum.

To apply for this role you must have a minimum of a level 3 qualification in childcare.


To lead a safe, high performing, sustainable nursery business with a motivated and self-directed team consistent with all aspects of our Mission in Motion.

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead to promote the health, safety and welfare of children and employees and families in line with our child protection and keeping everyone safe policies and procedures.
  • Responsibility to make referrals to external agencies and regulatory bodies
  • Sets the high standards of behaviour across their setting in line with our Heart Principles
  • Lead, mentor and inspire a team to deliver pedagogical exceptional care and education and provide feedback to create a consistent approach of early years practice to include but not limited to regular 1:1's, Supervisions and appraisals
  • Continually work in partnership with colleagues, parents and/or carers or other professionals to meet the individual needs of the children ensuring a diverse and inclusive approach is maintained at all times.
  • Achieve Good, Excellent or Outstanding regulatory assessments and ensuring internal audit process and requirements are met in line with company expectations.
  • Identify commercial opportunities to continuously increase FTE and achieve KPI's set within People, Quality Growth
  • Ensure internal policies and procedures are adhered whilst also meeting the external legislation and guidelines from our governing bodies.
  • Fulfil recruitment needs for the nursery as required aligned to the Safer Recruitment Policy
  • Provide new starters with tailored inductions to suit both local and internationally recruited new starters
  • Attend Client Meetings (Client Nurseries only)

  • Labour costs
  • Staff retention
  • Conversion level and FTE
  • Day nurseries score
  • Internal quality rating
  • Internal Audit rating
  • External regulatory rating
  • Parent Satisfaction survey
  • Staff Survey
  • Ready for School Survey
  • Client Survey*

  • Spend to budget
  • Salary increases within budget
  • Fee increases within budget
  • Professional Development and Performance Management of staff
  • Thresholds identified through the Authorisation Matrix for Nursery Manager
  • Early Years Qualification at level 3 or above (Early Years Degree desirable)
  • Sound/Good commercial acumen
  • Ability to plan and strategize
  • Powerful performance coach
  • Collaborative and decisive
  • Analytical capability
  • Up to date knowledge of regulatory requirements
  • Uncompromising on quality

  • At least 2 years Post qualified experience of working within the Early Years sector (or equivalent)

  • Specific experience of working with 0-2 year age range
  • Experience of working and supporting children and families with additional needs
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Previous managerial experience

  • Full and relevant Level 3 and or above(equivalent) Childcare qualification
  • Current Paediatric First Aid

  • Degree in relevant Early Years
  • Level 2 (or equivalent) qualification in Team Leadership
  • Level 3 Food Hygiene (or equivalent)

We look forward to receiving your application!If you experience any problems, please email and we will be happy to help.

Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. Therefore, it is essential in making your application that you disclose any information requested in respect of applicable convictions and cautions (including, as applicable any reprimands or final warnings). This post may be exempt from the provisions of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, in which case applicants are not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are 'spent' under the provision of the Act unless the conviction or caution is "protected" as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). Any such 'protected' conviction or caution is not subject to disclosure to employers, and cannot be taken into account. All guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found in the DBS filtering collection, available here: https:// . The fact that a pending charge, conviction, caution, reprimand or final warning has been recorded against you will not necessarily debar you from consideration for this role but any failure to disclose any such information will result in dismissal or disciplinary action.

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