Nursery Deputy Manager
An exciting opportunity for a Deputy Manager for a lovely Nursery setting in Wimbledon, to support the Early Years Manager.
This person will take on the role of leading a room alongside their additional deputy duties and will have a minimum Level 3 qualification in childcare and preferably a minimum of 2 years’ experience working within an early years setting including experience in managing and directing staff members. This person is a leader of staff and should ably and enthusiastically maintain an environment that promotes the goals of the room and the ethos and core values of the company. This person should be seen as a leader who has excellent communication skills with children, parents/carers and staff and maintain an empathetic and developmental nature in their approach.
The Deputy EYM is responsible for ensuring that all children within the setting are safe, well cared for and making good progress in their learning as well as promoting quality practice by serving as an excellent example and guide to other staff in the setting. The Deputy EYM must be able to evaluate and take control of difficult situations and alter them when necessary. They will take responsibility for staff management within their room and across the setting under the guidance and support of the Early Years Manager.
The Deputy EYM will work an opposite shift to the Early Years Manager and will be the named ‘Manager on Duty’ during these times.
The Deputy Manager will…
- Ensure that all staffs interactions with the children, colleagues and parents/carers are to the highest level; respectful, loving, dynamic and purposeful and address with individual staff members if this is not the case, through; on the spot feedback/training, informal discussion or a more formal approach if this is a consistent behaviour.
- Be considerate of children’s individual needs that may reflect interests, culture, creed, race and/ or ability and ensure alterations have been made to the planning and/or environment to reflect this.
- Encourage others to provide valuable contributions to the planning.
- Always promote open and regular communication amongst staff, building the team spirit in the room/setting.
- Support the Early Years Manager in the upkeep of Eylog, publishing observations and assessments in a timely manner and ensuring regular contributions are being made by all staff as set out in our observation, planning and assessment policy and procedures.
- Support the Early Years Manager in ensuring staff are completing all paperwork to the highest standard and in line with our policies and procedures to ensure effective communication between staff, parents, other carers, outside professionals, agencies etc.
- Ensure any messages communicated by a parent/carer (verbally or via email) are passed on to the relevant educator/room effectively and in a timely manner.
- Support the Early Years Manager in ensuring that any maintenance requirements within the setting are completed in a timely manner.
- Work alongside the HR Administrator in ensuring the recruitment and retention policy and procedure is being adhered to and in the Early Years Managers absence ensure that payroll is completed on time, disciplinary matters are being dealt with correctly and staff are being treated equally.
- Ensure all information on the management software system is kept up to date with any changes to staff/parents/carers/children’s details.
- Work alongside the Office Manager in ensuring the smooth running of the waiting list by providing information on room moves in a timely manner.
- Work alongside the Nursery Administrator to ensure all paperwork surrounding children, parents/carers and staff is being filed correctly.
- Work alongside the finance team to ensure all budget information is kept up to date and financial records for your setting are being maintained in an organised fashion in the absence of the Early Years Manager.
- Have an overview of what the targets/focuses are within the setting for the SENDCO, Health & Safety Officer, Lead Safeguarding Office, Fire Officer (this list is not exhaustive) and offer support where needed to ensure these are being actioned.
- Support the Early Years Manager with staff’s continuous professional development (cpd) by ensuring all training and development needs are being met in line with our policy and procedures, leading probationary reviews/supervisions and appraisals with staff when relevant and making regular contributions to the cpd folders using a variety of sources e.g. parent feedback, on the spot observations, formal observations etc.
- Set Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely (SMART) targets with staff to ensure team members are developing their practice in line with the goals and ethos of the company.
- Support the Early Years Manager in leading effective staff meetings every 6-8 weeks that provide an element of staff development/training.
- In the absence of the Early Years Manager, carry out effective management meetings with the Lead EYE’s within the setting, preferably on a 2 weekly basis, to ensure all are working towards the same goals as set out in the ethos and core values of the company.
- Ensure initial contact is made with new families in a timely manner once notified of a new starter, in line with our settling in procedure.
- Form strong bonds and relationships with all parents/carers within the setting, being confident to address and deal with any situations that may arise in a professional manner.
- Ensure regular communication with parents/carers through; monthly newsletters, monthly objectives overview, notices about trips, parents evening etc and ensure these are received in a timely manner.
- Keep parents/carers updated of any changes to the rooms/setting through email communication and/or notices e.g. staffing changes.
- Confidently lead nursery tours with prospective customers.
- Support the Early Years Manager in ensuring the communal areas within the setting are neat, tidy and informative for parents/carers.
- Establish, develop and maintain close, professional relationships with all relevant authorities, attending relevant Local Authority provider meetings as required of your role.
- Maintain effective communication with your manager, highlighting at any point if you are unclear of the expectations of any aspect of your role.
- Always aspire for the setting to be the best it can be within the childcare sector, working towards accreditation/award schemes when relevant.
- Stay up to date with best practice, willingly researching new ideas and sharing findings with others.
- Promote an environment that supports and inspires the children to have individual goals, however small by ensuring key group action plans are kept up to date.
- Provide staff with opportunities to develop their skills and ability by promoting a culture where staff aspire to improve their practice, have access to a variety of training opportunities relevant to their role and are able to discuss their future training requirements freely.
All positions are subject to an enhanced DBS Check*all positions are subject to a clean DBS, 2 references and salaries are based on your experience and qualifications.
For immediate consideration please email your CV asap.
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