Are you passionate about inspiring and leading a team to deliver outstanding care and education to children? If so, our Nursery Manager opportunity would be perfect for you.
We are looking for someone who can provide professional leadership and management of the nursery, effectively manage the day-to-day running of the nursery and deliver the highest standards of care and education.
Our First Steps Day Nursery is located on site, for staff use, at Wexham Park Hospital and provides high quality care and education for children aged between 3 months and 5 years. These children and their families are supported by a team of experienced Early Years Practitioners who aim to deliver a level of excellence in practice within the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.
We are a happy, friendly and inclusive team who are passionate and focused on our vision of children being at the centre of all we do.
Children’s Learning & Development
- Put in place policies and practices to support practitioners in the delivery of individualised care and learning programmes within the statutory and guiding principles described in the EYFS
- Promote practices that facilitate and support partnership working between parents, practitioners and others in order to lay a secure foundation for children’s future learning and development.
- Implement analytical assessment processes to ensure knowledge of all children’s progress. Where signs of need that could lead to later difficulties are identified, facilitate work with families and relevant agencies as necessary so no child is left behind or disadvantaged.
- Promote an ethos within the setting that values and celebrates diversity and difference and that enables all children and adults to make a positive contribution to nursery and home life
- Ensure that all specific statutory requirements set out in the EYFS, section 3 – The Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements, are complied with and regard is given to guidance including that set down in the Trust policy document, ‘Safeguarding Children’ in relation to safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare including
- Child protection
- Suitable people
- Staff: child ratios
- Managing behaviour
- Safety and suitability of premises, environment and equipment
- Special Educational Needs
- Information and records
- To be the ‘designated person’, responsible for child protection within the setting
- Where allegations of child abuse have been made, ensure processes laid down in the Trust policy on safeguarding children is followed and without delay, notify the child protection agency identified by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and/or the Police
- Ensure that all staff are aware of and understand their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding children and promoting their welfare
- Where specific welfare and or learning needs have been identified, ensure timely interventions are made including establishing and maintaining links with other professionals and agencies involved in building the ‘Team Around The Child’ (TAC)
- Ensure Trust procedures in relation to safe recruitment are adhered to and through close liaison with HR recruitment team
- Ensure the organisation of the practitioner team provides an appropriate blend of expertise, maximises peer support and effective small and whole team working
- Promote the use of reflective practice to enable staff in their role, personal appraisal, CPD and corporate self-evaluation and quality improvement programmes
- Implement and maintain regular professional discussions/supervision meetings leading to annual appraisal with individual staff to enable them to develop professional development plans (PDPs) which are also supportive of the nursery’s improvement programmes
- Identify group and individual training needs and develop in-house and other programmes that challenge and enthuse staff learning so they can develop improved care and learning programmes for children
- Support, coach and monitor staff CPD experiences
- Ensure new staff receive a corporate and local induction and are appropriately trained and developed. Promote staff access to Trust communications, policies and procedures and professional information e g current early years research, legislation, strategies and other early years developments.
- Monitor and manage the nursery budget in order to ensure that it stays in balance.
- Work with external bodies as appropriate to secure funding streams for the nursery
- Provide financial, statistical and other data related to the nursery operation as required
- Effectively administer the nursery waiting lists in order to maximise occupancy. Promote the nursery to prospective parents both within the Trust and if appropriate, the local community. Ensure that the terms and conditions of attendance are regularly reviewed to meet the needs of the nursery offer to families, SEN local offer, Ofsted, the Trust and nursery users
- Review and maintain effective and efficient administrative processes within the nursery e g fees, purchasing records, payroll and staff attendance
- Implement an effective monitoring system of all aspects of the nursery operation in relation to Ofsted requirements. Complete and submit an annual review and report to Ofsted SEF or other quality improvement scheme
- Liaise with departments within the Trust to ensure that the Nursery is able to operate effectively day to day e g Catering, Estates , Housekeeping
We look forward to hearing how you will bring your skills to strengthen our team, so that together we can ensure our children are happy and enabled to fulfil their learning and development potential.