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Nursery Manager

Little Shining Lights Nursery and Preschool
Thornton Heath, London
£33,000 - £36,000 per annum
Closing date
4 Dec 2023

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Contract Type
Full Time
Management, Team Leadership

Nursery Manager

Location: Thornton Heath, London

Salary: £33,000 - £36,000 per annum

Contract Type: Permanent, Full Time

Working pattern: Monday to Friday

Immediate Start

Are you an experienced and passionate leader in the field of early years education? We are seeking a dedicated and dynamic Nursery Manager to oversee the operations and drive the success of our new esteemed nursery located in Thornton Heath. If you possess exceptional leadership skills, a deep understanding of early childhood development, and a commitment to providing outstanding care and education, we want to hear from you!


  • Lead and manage the overall operation of the nursery, ensuring high-quality care, education, and safeguarding for children aged 0-5 years.
  • Implement and maintain policies, procedures, and practices in line with statutory requirements, including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework.
  • Provide strong leadership, support, and guidance to a team of dedicated staff, fostering a positive and collaborative work environment.
  • Oversee the recruitment, training, and development of staff, ensuring they have the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver excellent care and education.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with parents, guardians, and external stakeholders, promoting effective communication and partnership working.
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of the nursery, implementing improvements as required to enhance outcomes for children.
  • Manage budgets and resources effectively, ensuring the nursery operates within financial parameters.
  • Maintain health and safety standards, ensuring a safe and stimulating environment for children and staff.
  • Keep up-to-date with current early years practices, legislation, and research to drive continuous improvement in the nursery.

About you:

  • Minimum Level 3 qualification in Early Childhood Studies, Childcare, or related field. A higher-level qualification is highly desirable.
  • Proven experience in a leadership role within an early year setting, ideally as a Nursery Manager or Deputy Manager. 
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in EYFS setting.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the EYFS framework and its practical application.
  • Strong leadership and management skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate a team.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and relationship-building abilities.
  • Sound knowledge of safeguarding procedures and child welfare legislation.
  • Business acumen and the ability to effectively manage budgets and resources.
  • Proactive approach to problem-solving and the ability to make informed decisions.
  • Passion for providing high-quality care and education to young children.

About our Business

Little Shining Lights Nursery and Preschool offers an outstanding and affordable childcare provision within our Christian ethos for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers aged 3 months to 5 years old.  We have full time and part time places and we are open for 50 weeks. 

Little Shining Lights is located in Thornton Heath, Croydon. Our setting location is close to public transport; bus links and the nearest train station is Thornton Heath which is a 10-minute walk.​ 

There are dedicated nursery spaces for the different age ranges. Each room reflects the seven areas of learning as described in the Early Years Foundation Stage and is designed to be accessible to every child.

What we offer:

  • Continued opportunities for professional growth and access to our engaging online training platform
  • Continuous coaching, mentoring, and support provided by Nursery Management
  • Up to 30 days of annual leave (inclusive of Bank Holiday)
  • Career milestone rewards
  • 50% Discount Childcare
  • Time off for Birthday celebrations

To apply, please download and complete the application form attached to the bottom of this advert. Completed applications should be sent to

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