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Pre-School Manager

St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, Basingstoke
Basingstoke, Hampshire
Closing date
25 Jul 2024

St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, Basingstoke Part of the Mother Teresa Catholic Academy Trust

Pre-School Manager

Salary: £19,070 per annum

"Let all you do be done with love” 1 Corinthians 16:14

The pre-school was graded GOOD by Ofsted at it’s first inspection in January 2024.  The Pre-School is a separate Charity operating in the grounds of St Anne’s.

We are seeking a professional, enthusiastic and caring Pre-School Manager to join us. The post is Monday – Friday 8.30 – 4.00pm (35 hours, 195 days per annum).  The post is subject to completion of a three month successful probation period and reviewed after a year.

You will be required to provide, in consultation with the Head of School, leadership in St Anne’s Pre-School. You will be assisted by a Deputy and a Pre-school Assistant.

You will be NVQ3 qualified and have a minimum of 2 years experience.



A key worker has special responsibility for a group of up to eight children.  Parents and children know the name of their key worker(s) from the beginning of their involvement with the Pre-School.


A key worker will ensure that the needs of each child are recognised within the Pre-School so that, within the overall curriculum framework, individual requirements may be met.

Main responsibilities are:

  • To assist the child to settle into the Pre-School by: 
    1. introducing the child and parents to the Pre-School
    2. talking with the parents and keeping them informed
    3. keeping a special watchful eye on the child in the first few sessions
    4. assisting the child to integrate into the Pre-School as necessary 
  • To provide for the emotional needs of the child e.g., to comfort and reassure the child at any time of distress.
  • To care for the child, e.g. to assist with toileting as necessary.
  • To listen and respond to the children.
  • To prepare, in consultation, a curriculum plan for each child, ensuring that account is taken of each child’s needs by:
    1. observing, keeping records and monitoring the child’s progress
    2. liaising with parents, encouraging them to contribute knowledge and expertise.
  • To develop a day-to-day rapport with parents, keeping them informed and to answer queries.
  • To contribute information about individual children’s needs to the planning of the Pre-School’s curriculum whilst respecting confidentiality as necessary.
  • To reassure parents and children.
  • To contribute to the planning of the Pre-School curriculum.
  • To liaise, in conjunction with parents, with statutory/professional personnel as necessary.

It is important to recognise that a key worker does not:

  1. Shadow his/her children throughout the session
  2. Liaise only with her key group of children
  3. Prevent other adults from developing a relationship with her key children
  4. Form a dependency on an individual child



Day to Day management

  • Ensure the room is set up for each session
  • Welcoming the children & Parents
  • Deal with any parental concerns referring them to the Head of School if required
  • Ensure the health & safety of the staff and children
  • Make sure that planned activities are resourced
  • Make sure the sessions run smoothly  

Planning and Monitoring

  • Plan activities with staff weekly around observations
  • Ensure that all records are up to date
  • Support Key workers  


  • Work in co-operation with the school on all applications (responsible for initial letter)
  • Provide acknowledgement letters
  • Co-ordinate Student / parent helpers
  • Provide a record of staff attendance
  • Provide information for Parents via letters and Newsletters (updated)
  • Undertake interviews as and when necessary
  • Deal with all outside agencies  

Annual Events

  • Christmas concert
  • Photographer
  • Teddy bear’s picnic
  • Book Weeks & Mufti Days
  • Annual outdoor visit (Off site) including risk assessments  


  • Organise appropriate cover for all sessions
  • Deal with staff queries and problems  

Training and Development

  • Be the Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Keep up to date by attending relevant training courses
  • Take any training courses deemed to be required to function as the Pre-School leader  

Catholic Education Service application forms are available to download from our website, St Anne's Catholic Primary School - Vacancies (, or from Mrs Barbara Hough, School Business Manager on 01256 464165, email:

GDPR: in submitting an application you are consenting to your information being shared with the shortlisting and interview panel.  Your application will then be stored in accordance with our retention records.  Further information is available on our website.

Closing Date : Monday 1st July (noon)

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