31 Jan, 2019
Job Title: Nursery Manager
Hours of work: 35 hours per week, Term Time only, 8:00am-4:00pm, 38 weeks per year
Responsible to: Operations Manager
Job Purpose and Main Responsibilities:
Promote high standards of quality within the nursery in respect of the environment, resources and experiences offered to children, to ensure all children attending nursery receive rich and stimulating experiences appropriate to their age, stage of development, and individual needs.
Responsibility to ensure that the nursery complies with all company policies and procedures, relevant legislation, local authority and OFSTED requirements.
Ensure that practice and provision in the nursery meets the requirements of the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Responsible for the effective daily management of the nursery.
Ensure that children are kept safe and that staff understand and, when necessary, follow Safeguarding Procedures.
Promote and facilitate partnerships with parents/carers and other family members to ensure high levels of involvement and customer satisfaction.
Have a full understanding of the Ofsted inspection process and the standards required to ensure the nursery receives a good or outstanding Ofsted judgement.
Support the development of good practice with regards to special needs and inclusion.
Create and maintain a culture of self evaluation and reflective practice throughout the nursery.
Responsibility for running the setting as a viable business with expected levels of income, occupancy, budgetary control and that bad debt is minimal and managed correctly.
Ensure that all agreed quality and safety standards are maintained in the nursery at all times.
Ensure that all paperwork is completed on time, accurately, and kept up to date to ensure the smooth running of the setting.
Responsible for keeping own knowledge and skills up to date, including Company policies and procedures, Ofsted requirements and all relevant legislation.
To be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons they are responsible for or come into contact with.
Quality and Care
To lead and manage and support a team of staff ensuring the planning and organisation of the nursery meets the requirements of the EYFS, and that the service delivery is in accordance with the nursery’s policies, procedures and ethos.
To undertake regular management observations to ensure the quality of care and education in the setting, identifying any areas for development, and to using this information to inform development plans and staff supervisions and appraisals.
To develop and regularly review the SEF, setting Learning Journey, and Development Plans.
Value all children as individuals, ensuring their needs are recognised and met, with a strong focus on helping children feel emotionally secure and ensuring children are physically and emotionally healthy.
Establish and maintain an effective key person system.
Ensure that the teaching in the nursery is high quality, inspirational and facilitates children’s learning and development, allowing children to make the best possible progress.
Develop and monitor the planning system to ensure that planning for children next steps of learning is based on staff assessment and a secure knowledge of the characteristics of learning and child development.
Ensure that key persons keep informative, accurate and up-to-date records on their key children and that all progress checks are completed.
Ensure that the assessment process is clear, sharply focussed and includes all those involved in the child’s learning.
Ensure that all staff are skilled at supporting children through transitions within the setting and to other settings or school.
To be responsible for the implementation of the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice, ensuring that children with additional needs are supported effectively and their IEP’s are met.
Ensure that the Company’s polices on diversity and equal opportunities are adhered to.
Carry out all responsibilities and duties of the post with due regard to the Equality and Diversity policy
Health and Safety
Ensure that all staff receive up to date food safety training.
Manage the day-to-day operation in order to ensure the health and safety of the children, their parents and carers, the team and any visitors to the nursery.
Adhere to all health and safety policies and procedures.
Be fully aware of all emergency and security procedures.
Be responsible for ensuring the nursery remains compliant in respect of suitably trained staff with relevant first aid qualifications.
Be responsible for ensuring that all staff receive regular Health and Safety training.
To ensure all staff are in compliance with the Health and Safety Policy.
Ensuring that all health and safety checks are carried out rigorously and that standards of hygiene are high.
Maintain a high level of security within the nursery, ensuring that security systems are always fully operational and used properly by all staff.
Ensure that the meals provided follow our menus and are healthy and nutritious and cater for individual dietary needs.
Ensure that all staff have up to date safeguarding training.
Ensure that all staff are aware of the whistle blowing policy.
Ensure confidentiality is maintained by all members of the team
Ensure that any Child Protection concerns are acted upon immediately by liaising with the Operations Manager and local social services, following the procedure in the Safeguarding Children Policy.
Manage staff costs with regard to budgetary controls.
Raise and issue invoices to parents, carers or other agencies.
Collect record and bank fees, following agreed policy and procedures.
Ensure that late invoices are managed in an appropriate and timely manner to avoid bad debt developing.
Maintain accurate records and accounts for the nursery and produce management information as required.
Control costs in line with agreed budgets.
Provide the directors with regular projections of expected income and occupancy.
Meet occupancy and revenue targets set by the directors, to ensure the continued profitability of the nursery.
Establish and maintain inventories and records of nursery assets
Recruit, induct, support, train and appraise all staff to ensure delivery of high quality teaching and care.
Develop a well-qualified and experienced team able to meet and exceed all relevant standards.
Identify training needs; develop training plans and evaluate training undertaken by staff.
To liaise with the Director of Nursery Services on any personnel issues including any disciplinary and grievance investigations and hearings.
Develop open and positive working relationships with staff.
Responsible for the recruitment of staff and ensuring appropriate checks are carried out on new employees.
Ensure staff files are complete and up to date.
To plan and conduct Induction training for all staff, students and volunteers, completing all relevant paperwork.
To lead staff supervisions and appraisals, ensuring these are up to date, relevant and all training and development needs are identified and met.
Ensure adequate qualified staff are deployed effectively at all times to ensure the safety, welfare and development of children, and to meet registration requirements.
Ensure that suitable contingency arrangements are in place to cover emergencies and unexpected staff absences.
Deliver the service in a way that meets parents’ needs and work in partnership with them providing high levels of customer care at all times.
Encourage parent and carer involvement at all levels in the work of the nursery.
To organise and attend information sharing meetings with parents and carers.
Set up, develop and maintain a parent forum.
Send out monthly newsletters to parents and carers.
Establish, develop and maintain highly professional working relationships with other providers, relevant Local Authority Departments, regulatory bodies and other agencies.
Marketing & Customer Care
Proactively represent the Company and advance its interests in the local community.
Promote the nursery to current parents and potential customers.
Ensure all staff develop and maintain friendly and professional relationships with parents and carers.
Monitor occupancy levels to ensure that they are maximised and proactively market the nursery to meet these objectives.
Be responsible for ensuring that all complaints and concerns are resolved in a timely manner in accordance with the complaints procedure.
Maintain up to date, complete records of all complaints and inform Operations Director of all complaints.
Facilitate inspections by regulatory bodies and implement any recommendations.
Ensure accurate reporting in respect of occupancy, quality and standards.
Ensure the nursery meets the requirements of the Directory of Providers in relation to nursery education grant funding for two, three and four-year-olds.
To ensure that all policies and procedures are implemented, maintained and reviewed on a regular basis.
To ensure the safe storage and appropriate access for all information, in compliance with data protection legislation.
Liaising with the Director of Nursery Services to ensure essential repairs and maintenance of the building are carried out within budgetary limits.
Collect and maintain accurate statistical and personal records relating to staff, children and families at the nursery, providing regular reports to the Operations Director as requested.
Responsible for all administrative duties associated with the nursery, such as maintaining children’s records, ordering equipment, maintaining inventories and keeping personnel records.
Adhere to all Company policies and procedures.
Undertake any other duties as reasonably requested by line management.
To be flexible, responsible and caring at all times, providing a positive role model for other staff members.
Any other duties, which may be reasonably required of you, as identified by the Directors.
Promoting the Company
All Employees within Alpha Nurseries are expected to promote the company and its ethos whenever possible, the company will attend a number of events throughout the year and as part of your role you are expected to help out at these events, we would expect 12 hours per year minimum on a voluntary basis to support the promotion of the company. This could be in the evenings and at weekends. These hours are in addition to any you may do during normal office hours.
The Company is committed to making any necessary reasonable adjustments to the job role and the working environment that would enable access to employment opportunities for disabled job applicants or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling condition.
You are entrusted with confidential and sometimes sensitive information about Alpha Nurseries Group, and the people work there; we hope that you will always remember this and respect the trust we place in you.
This job description represents the broad framework of responsibilities and duties of the post, which may change as the services develops. Following discussion and agreement with the post holder it may therefore be amended as necessary.
Have Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) or
A relevant level 5 qualification and a willingness to work towards gaining EYPS.
Knowledge and understanding of planning and providing high quality childcare and education in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.
Knowledge and understanding of the OfSTED inspection process.
Knowledge and understanding of health & safety legislation.
Knowledge and understanding of supporting children’s behaviour.
Knowledge of SEN Code of Practice.
Awareness and understanding and commitment to diversity and equality issues.
Good level of literacy and numeracy.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
Ability to use IT systems
An enthusiastic approach to working with early years children.
Demonstrate good practice in early years care and education.
Committed to working as part of a team, encouraging and fostering staff personal and professional development.
Good interaction with children.
Skills in monitoring and evaluating all areas within the nursery.
Ability to model good practice to staff.
Provide evidence of ability to manage, lead and support a team.
Ability to work in partnership with parents and carers.
Effective time management and organisational skills.
Provide evidence of child protection, equal opportunities, first aid and food hygiene training.
Demonstrate good inter-personal skills including the ability to use judgement and common sense, and be able to work on own initiative.
Ability to liaise with other professionals and outside agencies
A minimum of 2 years post qualification experience of working in childcare setting and some managerial experience within a day care setting
Have experience of working and caring with babies.
Experience of recruitment, induction and supervision of staff.
Experience of working in consultation with staff in planning, developing, monitoring and evaluating curriculum and frameworks.
Experience of using effective financial, administrative, monitoring and evaluation systems.
Able to demonstrate good knowledge of business needs.
Aware of the range of emotions in self and others
Shows concern for others
Listens to and understands other people’s feelings
Encourages others to express themselves openly
Is sensitive and tries to tackle the cause of a problem
Listens to personal comments without becoming defensive
In highly stressful situation, can keep own feelings in check, take constructive action and calm others down
Has a range of mechanisms for dealing with stress, can recognise when to use them and does so
Shows respect for others feelings, views and circumstances
Working within professional boundaries
Accepts responsibility and accountability for own work and can define the responsibilities of others
Recognises the limits of own authority within the role
Seeks and uses professional support appropriately
Understands the principle of confidentiality
Shows professional curiosity
Has a balanced understanding of self and others
Has a realistic knowledge of personal strengths and weaknesses
Can work flexibly
Shows a realistic appreciation of the challenges of working with children
Ability to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
Understands the importance of safeguarding and protects all children whatever their personal circumstances
Can show an ability to contribute towards a safe environment
Is up to date with eh law and current events
Can show they have followed ‘best practice;’ guidelines’
Shows a personal commitment to safeguarding children
*Alpha Nurseries Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and students to share this commitment*
Alpha Nurseries Ltd
Wethersfield, Braintree, UK
Term Time Only