Deputy Nursery Manager

Expiring today

Dartford, Kent
19 Sep 2017
19 Oct 2017
Full Time
Contract Type


Star Kids Day Nursery, Pre-school and Out of School Club is an independent day nursery, pre-school and out of school club, registered with OFSTED and run from a central Dartford location. We provide high quality childcare before and after school and during all school holidays including inset days, for children aged four to eleven years and we provide a safe, secure, welcoming and happy environment for the children.

Main Responsibilities​

  • To deputise for the Manager
  • To ensure a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care and development for children placed in the Day Nursery.
  • To be responsible for any tasks delegated by the Manager.
  • To give support to other personnel within the Day Nursery.

Main Duties

  • Overall management responsibility for the Day Nursery in the absence of the Manager.
  • Assist the Manager in providing effective day to day management of the Nursery.
  • Assist the Manager in planning the training strategy for students
  • To be responsible for the supervision of students, identifying their learning needs and advise key-staff of these.
  • In conjunction with the Manager, to formulate, operate and evaluate a yearly programme of activities, following the guidelines of the National Curriculum, that is suitable to the age range of children.
  • To assist the Manager in promoting Equal Opportunities throughout the Day Nursery.
  • To work alongside the parents/carers of special needs children to achieve full integration within the Nursery.
  • Identify the physical, emotional, intellectual and developmental needs of children with special needs and offer support and relevant developmental opportunities.
  • Liase with and support parents/carers and other family members.
  • Liase with the Local authority and other professionals associated with the Nursery.
  • Attend monthly staff meetings and training sessions outside working hours.
  • Undertake certain domestic duties within the Nursery, i.e, preparation of snacks, cleansing of equipment.
  • Work alongside the Manager and staff team to ensure that the philosophy behind the Nursery is fulfilled.
  • Undertake other duties as may be requested from time to time by the Manager.


  • 2 years post qualifying experience in a Day Care Setting
  • Experience in a Senior Position
  • Experience of working with children aged 0 - 5 years

Education / Training Qualifications

Level 3 Early Years Education and Childcare qualification

  • NVQ
  • NNEB
  • Other acceptable qualifications
  • A recent First Aid qualification
  • Basic Food and Hygiene Certificate

Specialist Knowledge

  • Knowledge of The Children Act
  • Knowledge of the Foundation Stage
  • Knowledge of Birth to Three Matters
  • Knowledge of OFSTED Standards
  • The ability to demonstrate an up to date knowledge of current thinking and development in early years
  • Awareness of planning/record keeping and Key Worker systems
  • Awareness of Health and Safety and Risk Assessments

Skills and Abilities

  • An in depth understanding of Equal Opportunities
  • Ability to communicate confidently with a wide range of people
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to prioritise work and delegate appropriately
  • To be able to feedback information in the form of written reports
  • To support the Nursery Manager and Staff Team
  • To be able to manage the nursery in the absence of the Nursery Manager
  • To be able to promote the nursery in a positive and professional manner
  • An understanding of children's needs and behaviour
  • The ability to set appropriate limits for children

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