Nursery Manager - Woolston

YMCA Fairthorne Group
27 Nov 2018
10 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Looking for a new and exciting opportunity? If you are committed to providing children with the best care possible and are enthusiastic and motivated, come and join our friendly team at YMCA Woolston Nursery!

YMCA Fairthorne Group are looking to recruit Full Time Nursery Manager based in Woolston, Southampton (Ref 883) for 40 hours a week.

We are seeking an experienced Nursery Manager, who is enthusiastic and inspirational to join our friendly nursery. If you share our passion for the early years, can lead a big team and feel strongly about giving our young children the very best start, then please apply.

As our Nursery Manager you will:

Provide outstanding leadership and operational management of the nursery in line with the YMCA Way.

Maintain an exciting and inspirational child-led, play based curriculum utilising the outdoors as much as possible.

Manage, recruit, train, support and inspire an outstanding staff team able to meet the needs of all children in our care.

Manage the nursery as a business, contributing to the writing and monitoring of an annual budget and implementing marketing and sales plans for the nursery so that it achieves income and occupancy targets.

Maintain staffing ratios at all times and be prepared to offer cover to other local YMCA nurseries.

Engage parents and the community in both the nursery and the wider YMCA community, developing our membership offer and supporting our objectives for the area.

Work alongside our other YMCA nursery managers to share good practice and ensure consistent implementation of the YMCA approach to childcare.

Maintain full regulatory and legislative approval for the nursery, including meeting Ofsted, Environmental Health and Health and Safety requirements, this includes seeking an Ofsted score of ‘Outstanding’.

Ensure compliance with all YMCA policies and procedures. These include Child protection, Health and Safety, Human Resources and Financial policies.

Ensure you act in the interests of your own safety, and the safety of others at all times

Undertake any other duties and responsibilities reasonably requested by the management of YMCA Fairthorne Group.

As our Nursery Manager you will have:

A genuine enthusiasm for and an inspirational approach to helping young children develop through play

Demonstrable leadership qualities able to motivate and develop others and self.

Enthusiasm for the work and values of the organisation.

Ability to engage the community and build relationships with parents

Demonstrable ability to achieve sales targets

Strong advocate of early years with an excellent understanding of the differing developmental needs of children and an ability to draw on academic research and evidence to drive best practice

Excellent communication skills.

An ability to set and manage complex budgets.


Hold a minimum of level 5 early years qualification, but ideally level 6 Early Years Teacher Status or willingness to work towards such qualification.

Minimum 3 years of leadership experience in an early years setting.

Evidence of achieving high quality of care, over and above that required by EYFS

Hold level 4 safeguarding qualification or willingness to work towards.

An ability to set and manage complex budgets

Good working knowledge of Windows, Word, Excel and Access (training will be given on Connect nursery database software)

Understanding of the role a nursery plays in wider community development

Possess a current full driving licence

First aid qualification (or willingness to train)

Knowledge of health and safety and ability to complete risk assessments

Demonstrable ability to meet targets


Understanding of ITERS and ECERS

Skills in mentoring and coaching staff and students

Evidence of further continual professional development

Knowledge of wider cultural differences and how to support this.

In return for being our Nursery Manager you will get:

Salary between £25,000 and £36,000 (depending on qualifications and experience)

40 hours per week, Monday to Friday


Holiday scheme/Daycamp Discount

Cycle scheme

Discount on Birthday Parties

Free membership of YMCA Fairthorne Group

Holiday accrual with length of service

If you are looking to join our team and meet the criteria above, please apply below.

Closing date: 3rd December 2018

Interviews commencing: 11th December 2018

The YMCA is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Successful applicant to undertake an enhanced disclosure via Disclosure Barring Service and subject to two references. Registered charity 1090981

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