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Nursery Manager

Bright Horizons
Cambridge, UK
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4 Feb 2021

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Our wonderful Bright Horizons Long Road Day Nursery and Preschool, based in Cambridge, is looking for an experienced Nursery Manager to lead their lovely team! Long Road is a purpose built 150 place nursery situated on the grounds of Addenbrookes Hospital.

The nursery has five beautiful spacious rooms and attached to four of them is access to our great outdoor space with gardens and play areas that fill the children with joy.

We pride ourselves on the 'Good' we achieved in our Ofsted Inspection and we strive to encourage learning in all of our children through our unique Growing Programmes.

Key responsibilities of the Nursery Manager:

The Nursery Manager is the named suitable person in charge of the nursery and responsible for all operational and regulatory aspects, building a vision which is shared by the whole team. The role is a key leadership role in Bright Horizons UK, with responsibility for all aspects of managing a nursery in an identified site or geographical area.

This manager will effectively lead, inspire potential and engage their team to deliver exceptional care and education whilst articulating the attributes of the Bright Horizons brand, securing Bright Horizons as the provider of choice for families, corporate clients, and employees. The expectation is this will be delivered by being present throughout the day in the nursery rooms, engaging with staff and families whilst ensuring the expected levels of practice are consistently applied and fully embedded at every level. The role is fundamental in the delivery of the strategic priorities for all key areas of People, Quality and Growth, and should be delivered through leading and managing by example, role-modelling best practice and observation and assessment of standards and practice throughout the nursery.

The role works closely with the RD, EC specialist, HR, Finance and Marketing, to manage the execution of service delivery in line with regulatory, customer, client and employee expectations, and to develop staff teams that achieve consistent high-quality performance within the nursery.

The Nursery Manager has the overall responsibility for the day to day oversight of safeguarding, health and safety practices and child protection in the setting, and maintaining accurate and up to date systems and records at all times.

The Nursery Manager is directly responsible for the effective leadership of the nursery team, providing training, coaching and mentoring and implementing a robust performance management strategy to ensure service excellence for our current and prospective customers. This includes leading change internally and role modelling leadership behaviour in line our HEART principles, delivering or exceeding all key performance indicators and business results.

Working with the RD, Marketing, Finance and HR, the NM is responsible for managing and monitoring the commercial performance of the nursery and leading practice in nurseries to improve customer and employee engagement and retention, alongside effective staff deployment, whilst managing all costs in line with budget.

In addition, this role will work with the EC Specialists to drive continuous improvement and embed inspirational early years pedagogy of the highest standard, across nursery teams, and secure regulatory compliance with better than National Average inspection outcomes in the UK.

Essential Experience:

* A strong record of on-going training and/or professional qualifications since qualifying

* Proven experience of working in early years education settings with successful management leading to 'Good or better' regulatory inspection outcomes

* Demonstrable track record of driving leadership strength and development of successful ongoing performance management and impact measurements, in close partnership with HR

* Strong decision-maker, with the proven ability to support change; a secure understanding of the complex relationship between business/commerce and service excellence within regulated setting, with the ability to follow guidelines and work with others to achieve success

* Experience of developing high performing teams, with a successful record of accomplishment of supporting effective regulatory compliance, quality improvement, delivering high quality pedagogy, innovation and service excellence.

* Experience of proving support and leadership to a staff team to enable staff in fulfil their roles, responsibilities and legislation duty in relation to safeguarding children.


* Full and relevant level 3 qualification (essential)

* 12 hours paediatric first aid and first aid at work (essential)

* Relevant safeguarding/child protection training undertaken and a willingness to update training regularly (essential)

* Evidence of continuous professional development

* Undergraduate or Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies or other relevant subject (Desirable)

* EYPP/EYTT or QTS post graduate status (Desirable)

* Full, clean driving licence and flexibility to travel as necessary

We look forward to receiving your application
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