Deputy Nursery Manager
Salary scale – £26,018 to £28,098 per annum inclusive of London Weighting – South London
NVQ Level 3 relevant Child Care qualification required
The Function of the Post
To provide inclusive play and learning opportunities for all children attending the nursery and to maintain a safe, stimulating and enjoyable environment. She/he will be responsible for curriculum planning within the nursery. She/he will manage the provision, including staffing levels in the absence of the Nursery Manager.
Responsible to: Nursery Manager
The post holder will be required to:
• To work under the direction of the nursery manager and deputise for him/her as and when required.
• To support the aims and objectives of the nursery and assist the manager in the organisation of a high quality establishment for children from birth to 5 years.
• To provide high standards of childcare and education – to include the monitoring and review of provision, this includes providing a safe, caring environment to enable the emotional, social and educational development of children, through individual attention and group activities.
• Assist in the leading and implementing the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and any other legal/statutory frameworks.
• Ensure that all children attending the nursery receive rich and stimulating experiences appropriate to their age and stage of development,
• To Assist the manager to ensure the provision of a high quality environment, resources and experiences to meet the needs of individual children, having an awareness of any disabilities, family cultures, and medical histories.
• To role model good practice to other staff members.
• Ensure that practice and provision in the nursery meets the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Maintaining staff awareness of the statutory requirements of the EYFS to ensure a safe working environment for staff and children.
• To ensure that the welfare and safety of children is paramount within the setting
• To assist with the planning and organisation of staffing schedules to ensure adequate staffing levels are maintained in accordance with Ofsted and nursery procedures.
• To guide all team members with the early identification and intervention for children who may benefit from additional support regarding their physical, emotional and social development.
• To ensure confidentiality of all information received.
• To assist the manager in the supervision of training of students and volunteers in placement within the nursery.
• To support, supervise, train and appraise all staff to ensure delivery of high-quality childcare practice.
• To liaise and facilitate close partnership working with parents, other family members and staff to help ensure that the particular needs of children are met and that parental choice is considered in terms of care given.
• To be involved fully in monthly staff meetings, planning meetings, parents’ evenings, fundraising events and training sessions outside working hours, as required.
• To deputise for the manager in his/her absence.
• Ensure that children are kept safe and that staff understand and, when necessary, follow Safeguarding Procedures.
• Establish, develop and maintain highly professional working relationships with relevant Local Authority Departments, regulatory bodies and other agencies.
• Create and maintain a culture of self-evaluation and reflective practice throughout the nursery.
• To attend relevant training/conferences/meetings to support professional development, keeping up to date with childcare/education practice and cascading to staff team.
• Adhere to all health and safety policy and procedures, ensuring that they are implemented by all staff and high standards of cleanliness are maintained at all times.
• Be fully aware of all emergency and security procedures.
• To assist the Nursery Manager in managing staff and agency costs, budgets and income.
• To assist the Nursery Manager with the collection, recording and banking of fees.
• To assist with the implementation of administrative procedures involved with registration, place allocation, and other related matters.
• To assist the manager with the implementation and monitoring systems of observation to enable children’s progress and achievements to be regularly and effectively assessed and recorded
• Support the Nursery Manager and staff during inspections by regulatory bodies and assist in the implementation of any recommendations.
• Adhere to all policies and procedures within the Nursery
• To reflect on practice and routines, tailoring them to meet the individual needs of each child throughout the day
• To lead planning and the provision of a stimulating range of age-appropriate activities and ensuring your room is well-resourced and creatively set-up
• To lead observations and the assessment of children’s learning and development ensuring records are kept up-to-date, are of a high standard and are shared effectively – includes Individual Education Plans for children with Special Educational Needs.
• To develop genuine bonds with your key children and support and monitor colleagues to ensure they sensitively fulfil their key person responsibilities
• To undertake such other duties and responsibilities of an equivalent nature as may be reasonably determined from time to time by the nursery manager or line management.
For a full JD and Person Specification please email CV to Suzanne@maze8.co.uk
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