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Nursery Area Manager

Coconut Recruitment
Closing date
6 Jun 2022

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Full Time
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Nursery in E14 is looking for an exceptional leader, who will help us define our culture and ways of working for this, and future nurseries. Join us at this early stage of our journey and be an instrumental part of something amazing!

Currently 1, thriving nursery in E14 is developing its identity ready for its second launch, a 140 place design led nursery in a beautiful building in trendy Wapping. We then have plans for more growth, so this is a real opportunity for the right person who is looking to progress whilst we grow.

What is it like to be a Senior Manager ?

Are you an experienced and passionate Manager, looking for your next challenge? Do you have a clear vision of what makes an amazing nursery, and the drive and execution to build it with us? Are you excited by growth and creativity, and skilled in building scalable processes?

Then look no further!!!

A nursery is nothing without its team, this is what our culture at is nursery is all about. We are respectful of one another, pull together and support each other in growing in this journey together. Joining us at such an early stage is full of opportunity. We are building a nursery group together that prides itself on relationships, quality and fun! Our diverse team enjoy coming to work, are super passionate about delivering the best care for our families but have fun whilst doing it!

Our Senior Nursery Manager is key in setting this tone. By leading our 'number 1' nursery you have the unique opportunity to build the blueprint for those that follow. We operate with high trust and you will have the autonomy to build the culture and working environment that future nurseries will follow. Our nurseries are bright and modern, full of natural resources and open ended materials. You will also have your own stamp on our educational approach, building on our existing philosophy which borrows principles from Reggio and Montessori.

As the pivotal person in our launch, and educational lead in the group you will work hard, you will be remunerated both with an industry leading package, and the reward that comes with building this from such an early stage

Who are we looking for?

Driven, visionary, inspiring & knowledgeable. Our ideal manager has a make it happen attitude, they inspire the team with their vision, taking them along for the journey, but can also pull up their sleeves and get stuck in when it's needed. They have a great balance of driving the performance of the nursery and caring about their team, and subsequently have happy team members who are in this journey with them for the long term. Driven to be the best, this person models high standards at all times, never cutting corners, and supports their team to do the same.

Our Senior Manager role models their obsession with getting it right for every customer and supports and coaches the team to do the same. Their child led approach is evident throughout the nursery and they use their adaptability and expertise to get it right for every team member, parent and child that they come into contact with.

This role is an exciting opportunity for you to build the culture and blueprint for future nurseries. You will begin by doing this in our thriving and busy E14 nursery, mentoring the existing manager to take over when you move. You will then set up and launch nursery number 2 (a 140 space nursery in a beautiful Victorian building in Wapping) paving the way for opportunities to progress further as we grow the group.


Manager experience

Level 3 or above (ideally level 6) in Early Years

Exceptional relationship builder, both with customer and team

Understanding of rota, deployment, and basic nursery financials

Understanding and experience of inspection frameworks and the EYFS

Decision maker, honest and upfront approach to solving problems,

Feedback is delivered honestly and directly but with kindness

Good knowledge of Reggio and Montessori principles

Independent and proactive, also able to ask for help - a problem shared problem halved!

High emotional intelligence and adaptability, tailoring leadership approach to team needs

Understand the importance of first impressions and take pride in your setting

Role model for other leaders, ability to use a coaching approach in your leadership

Mentor and cheerleader for rising talent in the team

Excellent written and verbal communication

What you will be doing

Create an inclusive and positive environment where parents, children and team can thrive

High standards for parent experience and educational offering

Drives of nursery performance, including overall accountability for our Nursery Improvement plans

Own the operational management of your nursery ensuring all policies and procedures are followed.

Ensure compliance with EYFS statutory requirements, H&S legislation and Ofsted requirements (Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Motivate the nursery teams to work together, spending time in rooms role modelling and inspiring Practitioners to deliver best practice.

Effectively managing and coaching the managers that will report directly to you

Implement regular reviews analysing children's progress to ensure Practitioners are confidently tailoring learning experiences to meet the individual needs of the children in our care.

Involved in interviews & selecting your own team, clarity of what you are looking for

Accountable for team happiness and retention

Help us define our values, and then be the custodian and role model of them, ensuring they are lived every day and course correcting if not

Risk assess daily ensuring that the team understand what is expected of them to keep everyone in the nursery safe at all times.

Driving occupancy figures by attracting parents to the nursery and keeping them happy so they stay

Work a flexible work pattern within the nursery opening hours (7am-7pm), with the flexibility to attend out of hours meetings and events as required

What we can offer you

£50-£60k depending on experience

30 days holiday (including bank holidays) plus opportunity to earn extra days for top performance

Free counselling & wellbeing support

Unlimited online development with 'Noodle Now'

Free lunch

NEST pension

Tailored development for your needs

(We review benefits and salaries annually, and are committed to improving them as we grow)

Successful applicants will need to provide 'right to work in the UK' documentation, undertake a DBS check and provide satisfactory references, prior to commencing employment with us
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