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Nursery Deputy Manager

The Rocking Horse Nursery
Finchley, London
Closing date
20 Jun 2024

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Nursery Deputy Manager

Join The Rocking Horse Nursery, a small independent, family run children’s day nursery offering the highest level of care and education for children aged 3 months - 5 years.

Our company is dedicated to fostering the growth, education and nurturing of children, as we firmly believe that the children in our care will be the ones to shape the future.


  • Minimum Level 3 Early Years qualification
  • 2 years' recent experience in a senior role within a day nursery/preschool setting
  • Kind, approachable, empathetic, calm and self-motivated
  • Ability to motivate, manage and work effectively within a team
  • Strong understanding of the EYFS and current Early Years Inspection Framework
  • Thorough knowledge of child safeguarding and welfare
  • Full-time availability, 40 hours per week across 5 days


  • Ensure adherence to company policies and procedures
  • Maintain high standards within the nursery, meeting EYFS requirements
  • Provide leadership and support to staff
  • Adhere to safeguarding policies and procedures and EYFS guidelines
  • Promote positive relationships with parents, carers and outside agencies
  • Support with staff training, supervisions, appraisals and development
  • Assist in administrative duties and regulatory compliance


  • Salary £37,000+
  • 30 days of annual leave per year
  • Operating above legal ratios meaning more helping hands
  • Personal and professional growth opportunities
  • Leadership Coaching Programmes
  • Progressive and generous salaries with annual pay review
  • Referral Bonus Scheme: Additional £250 if you recommend someone to join our team
  • Free meals for lunch and tea and snacks provided in staff areas
  • Staff training and CPD opportunities paid for
  • Paid staff training, team building and free staff socials
  • Employers Pension Scheme
  • Free uniform and DBS checks

Safeguarding Statement

The Rocking Horse Nursery is committed to keeping children safe; therefore, appropriate criminal record checks will be undertaken by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

To apply please email your CV and covering letter via the form below.



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The Rocking Horse is a privately owned and family run, registered children’s day nursery located in a quiet residential street in Finchley Central, London. The nursery is within walking distance of the beautiful grounds of Avenue House, Victoria Park and Finchley Central underground station.

The setting, a large Edwardian house with extensive gardens has been transformed and equipped to offer the highest standards of care for children aged between three months and five years in line with National Standards, the Early Years Foundation Framework and parental aspirations.

Children are cared for in a loving, safe, and happy environment. Cognitive, linguistic, spiritual, social, emotional and physical development is promoted through a variety of activities thus enabling children to fully explore their individual capabilities.

The Rocking Horse Nursery is run by a professionally qualified Manager, Audrey, who has completed a BA in Early Childhood Studies, and achieved her Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), the Gold Standard for those working with children under the age of 5. Audrey has over 30 years' experience in Nursery Management and skilled childcare. Both the Nursery Manager (EYP) and Deputy Manager (QTS) are highly qualified in all aspects of Nursery Management, Child Education and Development, Advanced Child Protection, Child Health, First Aid, Special Needs, Communication Skills and Partnerships with Parents.

Our caring, dedicated and exuberant staff team consists of Nursery Nurses / Teachers who are all qualified to NNEB/ NVQ Level 2/ 3 / Level 4 / Degree / Masters Degree / Early Years Professional Status / Qualified Teacher Status or are working towards these awards or due to enrol within three months of starting with us. We are proud of the fact that 80% of our staff are university graduates.

Staff knowledge and training is of paramount importance and the Nursery is committed to an on-going professional staff development programme to ensure that we are continually up to date with Childcare and Management issues and any changes in legislation. All our staff are trained in Paediatric First Aid, Child Protection, Fire safety, and Food Hygiene.

'The Rocking Horse is the Mary Poppins of the nursery world - practically perfect in every way!'
Lisa B (Parent) Feb 2011

Learning Through Play The Rocking Horse Way

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Company info
020 8346 3682
The Rocking Horse Nursery
5 Victoria Avenue
N3 1BD
United Kingdom

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