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Nursery Manager

  • £30k-£33k with bonuses, depending on experience 15/04/11

    Third Door
    16 Point Pleasant
    London SW18 1GG

    0208 877 0098


    Third Door is the UK’s first integrated Workhub and Nursery. Parents are able to work onsite whilst we look after their children in a separate room. The Third Door Nursery is one room that can accommodate up to 24 children aged between 0-8.

    We are looking for a Childcare Practitioner who has strong management experience and excels in customer service. Someone who wants to make a difference to the childcare industry and enjoys working in a small team where every day is different.

    Overview of Position: We are looking for an exceptional Nursery Manager who will be responsible for the development and daily management of the Nursery, provide a high quality, flexible, safe, caring, fun and stimulating environment for the children of professional working parents working both onsite and offsite.


    The job will also entail:

    • building links within the local community and working in partnership with parents, carers and professionals to promote the well-being of the children.
    • Develop and implement Early Years curriculum plans with support from your team
    • Build a strong team of staff as we add new services and expand Third Door
    • Develop, implement and review the policies, procedures and practices within the Nursery.
    • Be responsible for the budget for the Nursery.


    To be considered for this position you must have at least 5 years post qualifying experience of which at least two must have involved managing and supervising a team and nursery to excellent results.


    Please apply immediately if you are looking for a new challenge and want to work for an entrepreneurial start-up that is offering a new way of working for parents in the 21st Century.


    Please note, we will only consider applicants that will have 100% clean CRB.



    Third Door is a new concept and the Nursery Manager role is key to the business. There is scope to grow on many different levels beyond the basics of the job. The Directors are looking for someone who has the drive to grow with the business and eagerness to impact the world of childcare. It is also worth noting that we have several systems and processes in place to help manage numbers and make it easier for the Nursery to manage the flexibility of our service.


    Working with/Liaising with:
    Directors, Staff, Parents, Children, Ofsted Inspectors, Early Years Development Officers, Health and Safety Inspectors, Health Visitors, and all other external childcare professionals and external agencies.


    ?  Minimum of NVQ Level 4 qualification or higher in Early Years and Childcare development (preferred EYPS or Level 6 qualification).

    ?  Five years post NVQ 3 qualifying experience

    ?  Possess or be willing to obtain Paediatric First Aid Certificate.

    ?  Thorough understanding of safeguarding in order to protect children who may be at risk of harm.

    ?  Minimum of 2 years supervisory or management experience in an early years and childcare setting.

    ?  Experience of budget monitoring and control.

    ?  Experience of building links in the community

    ?  Experience of marketing day settings

    ?  Experience of basic technology (computer, video, photocopier)

    ?  Knowledge and experience of policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety, security, equal opportunities and confidentiality

    ?  Must have the capacity to plan ahead, anticipate potential difficulties and establish a course of action.

    ?  Experience of working in more than one daycare setting

    ?  Up to date awareness of current thinking about the needs and care of young children

    ?  Experience of working with babies and toddlers

    Principal Accountabilities:

    §  EYFS & Ofsted

    §  Undertake the daily management of the Nursery to ensure that high standards are developed and maintained throughout.

    §  Provide appropriate activities to ensure that, whilst in the Nursery, children receive physical, emotional, social and intellectual development within the EYFS framework and Ofsted guidelines

    §  To ensure the EYFS is promoted and delivered within the setting and the principles adhered to.

    §  Giving consideration to families ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds whilst maintaining relationships with parents and carers on the admission, care and education of children to ensure that the diverse needs of the children are met.

    §  Develop and regularly review a set of policies and procedures to be followed within the Nursery to ensure compliance with legislation and regulations

    §  Be responsible for all Health and Safety matters in the Nursery to ensure the wellbeing of children, staff and visitors.

    §  Assist the Directors in providing consistent quality of service and be responsible for the preparation for OFSTED inspections and action any recommendations that may result from inspection to ensure that the Nursery is run within National guidelines.

    §  Communication

    §  To ensure effective communication between the Nursery staff and with all partner organisations.

    §  Show interested parties around the Nursery and Third Door, answer all related queries, issue information and ensure that all forms are completed correctly before admission in order to ensure that the Nursery is run efficiently.

    §  Implement and maintain the company’s Equal Opportunities Policy ensuring that children, parents and staff team are valued and practice is positive and non discriminator.

    §  To assist the Director with all marketing needs the setting requires.

    §  Be a good role model to children, staff and parents showing a positive attitude at all times.

    §  Give regular feedback to parents about their child’s development and progress.

    §  To be involved in the effective marketing of Third Door in the local community, utilising local events, open days etc to promote the nursery image

    §  Staff

    §  Third Door provides a flexible service where number of children can change on a daily basis. Therefore, this role requires monitoring the number of places being used in the Nursery and ensuring correct staff ratios are in place.

    §  Position means you will be a member of the management team and contribute to the strategic planning, monitoring, evaluation and development of the Nursery.

    §  Be responsible for the recruitment and selection of Nursery staff (including bank staff) making sure that those appointed are qualified and possess the skills required to work in the nursery.

    §  Maintain records and liaise with Directors to ensure that all staff have contracts and the correct procedures relating to employment eg CRB checks are followed

    §  Organise Nursery staff in the provision of developmentally suitable and varied activities to ensure that children receive the appropriate care.

    §  Support staff in the development and maintenance of appropriate planning, observation and assessment procedures to ensure a consistent service and develop, with staff, a recording system for individual children which can be shared with parents enabling improvements to working methods and service.

    §  Be responsible for new staff inductions and training.

    §  Monitor and develop the performance of the staff team against the criteria set in their job descriptions and personal reviews/development plans.

    §  Identify and deal with poor performance and agreed action plans with individual, clear targets and goals, realistic timescales and opportunities for constructive feedback and monitoring, ensuring that all documentation is accurate, signed and dated.

    §  Organise and manage regular staff meetings

    §  Provide honest constructive feedback to support and encourage all staff.

    §  Work alongside the Director to ensure that staff deliver high quality customer service at all times

    §  Identify own training and learning needs and follow company procedures to ensure training is booked for one self and for fellow staff.

    §  Feedback any learning gained to staff team to share your knowledge to improve everyone’s practice

    §  Budget & Equipment

    §  Oversee the purchase and maintenance of apparatus etc. to ensure the Nursery is suitably equipped within the allocated budget.

    §  Maintain up to date records of resources and accurate financial records to ensure that financial procedures are adhered to and income and expenditure is kept within budget.

    §  Ensure that appropriate records and administration systems, including the children’s, families, staffing, registers, health and safety, sickness records etc., are maintained to ensure confidentiality of information.

    21/03/11 16/04/11 Third Door , Wandsworth , SW18 1GG London

Nursery Manager

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