Deputy Nursery Manager

Deputy Nursery Manager

Deputy Nursery Manager 2000 1000 Purple Jay

deputy nursery manager

Nursery: Purple Jay – Lambeth
Contract type: Permanent
Hours of work: 40 hours per week
Closing date: 19th March 2019
General summary: To support and assist the manager in leading the nursery.

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about purple jay nursery

Established in 2011, Purple Jay Nurseries began with Mother Goose Nursery in Peckham Rye. We believe that love and education are paramount to our children, and this has shaped the way we work today.

We offer a child-focused approach, where all of our kids are encouraged to develop socially, physically and emotionally in a stimulating, caring environment.

As a family-run organisation with family values, our commitment to our pupils has resulted in an OFSTED “Good” rating, based on our educational practices and caring nature.

role summary

To support and assist the manager in leading the nursery by: working as a model Early Years Practitioner; deputising for the manager in their absence; assisting them in the day-to-day running of the nursery; taking on managerial tasks delegated to you and taking a leading role in directing and developing the nursery’s participation in specific national and local initiatives.

You will be responsible for the management of any staff where this role has been delegated to the post-holder by the nursery’s manager.

key responsibilities

  • To act as a model for other staff in carrying out the duties of a Leading Early Years Practitioner, in particular to:
    • act as a ‘key person’ for children in your care and to provide daily verbal and written reports for parents/carers and others on children’s well-being and development, including the preparation of children’s transition documents;
    • develop and maintain close, confidential professional relationships with children, parents/carers, staff, management and outside agencies and to promote these standards of conduct among other less experienced staff;
    • formulate, plan, deliver and evaluate programmes of activities suitable for the range of children attending – indoors, outdoors and in out-of-setting contexts – which are linked to the EYFS, provide a balance between child initiated and adult led experiences that enable children to develop and which meet their physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs;
    • take a leading role in the work of the staff team in a consistent way: implementing agreed policies and procedures, promoting the development of team decisions that are sanctioned by the management; encouraging the participation of other staff in planning, organizing and evaluating the daily operation of the nursery; to participate in schemes of appraisal, supervision and peer observation;
    • form strong, constructive and supportive relationships with parents, carers and other family members and to encourage their involvement in all aspects of the nursery’s life, including taking a leading role in planning and organizing specific events for parents/carers;
    • manage and support children’s personal, social and emotional development, including the promotion of positive behaviour strategies;
    • actively support the development of children’s language, communication and thinking skills;
    • work alongside the manager/deputy to ensure that the objectives and ethos of the nursery are being realized and communicate these objectives to other staff; to contribute to the production and implementation of nursery action and development plans;
    • work to ensure that the nursery environment, equipment and resources are prepared, cleaned and maintained in accordance with the nursery’s Health and Safety Policy and OFSTED statutory guidance; to develop and evaluate routines and systems which ensure that this is achieved consistently;
    • complete accurate and clear observations of children, assessments, written reports, children’s records and risk assessments, accident/incident reports etc. as necessary; to administer medicines and treatments (such as asthma pumps and ‘epipens’), in accordance with the nursery’s medication policies and to record, witness and supervise their use;
    • actively support, promote and develop the nursery’s policies and practices, particularly those on Inclusion and Equal Opportunities;
    • ensure the safety and well-being of children, including recognition of signs that a child might be in danger or at risk of harm or abuse, and to promote the nursery’s safeguarding policy and practices;
  • To deputise for the manager in their absence, ensuring the continued smooth running of the nursery, making day-to-day operational decisions as necessary, reporting any significant events or incidents to the Director or Area Manager for guidance, reporting on all matters to the Manager on their return;
  • To assist the manager in providing effective day-to-day management of the nursery by supporting their role in carrying out their key role and responsibilities as detailed in their Job Description, and including such tasks as record-keeping and management of records, individual learning plans, parent/carer visits, general correspondence and enrolment procedures
  • To be responsible for any tasks delegated by the Manager or by the senior management of the nursery, including the management and supervision of particular members of staff (including appraisal, supervision and disciplinary meetings) or areas or aspects of nursery provision, where these responsibilities are passed to you;
  • To assist the manager in evaluating the performance of the nursery and in setting, implementing and reviewing objectives in the nursery’s development plans and operational plan within the framework of the EYFS and OFSTED requirements;
  • To take a leading role in directing and developing the nursery’s participation in specific national and local initiatives;
  • To assist the manager in planning the training strategy for students and volunteers and to be responsible for the management and supervision of students and volunteers, for liaising with colleges and other outside agencies and for advising key staff of their needs;
  • To arrange, attend, participate and, in the absence of the manager or when delegated by them, to lead or chair: team meetings, staff meetings, unit meetings, and to attend management meetings, local authority training and conferences; 9. To be flexible within working practices in the setting, including undertaking domestic tasks when and where this is necessary, and to take a leading role in out of working hours activities (such as training sessions, staff meetings, parents evenings and celebrations) when required;
  • To perform other duties and take on other responsibilities as directed by the management.

qualifications & experience required

  • Minimum Level 3 in Early Years qualification
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Certificate Food hygiene Certificate
  • EYFS Certification
  • SENCO training and/or qualification
  • Safeguarding (Levels 1,2,3 LBS Certificates)
  • Qualifications in English and Maths (GCSE Grade C or equivalent)
  • Minimum of two years working in an Early Years setting
  • Experience of taking a leadership role in the provision of high quality care and education in the early years (at least 1 year)
  • Experience of managing and supervising other staff
  • Experience of working in partnership with parents/carers
  • Experience of working with other agencies
  • Experience of record-keeping and nursery administration
  • Knowledge and understanding of EYFS Framework and OFSTED requirements for Early Years Settings
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety issues and procedures and environmental health and food safety requirements and procedures
  • Knowledge of safeguarding issues and procedures
  • Ability to use Office based computer programmes

specific requirements

  • Satisfactory enhanced DBS check (and other, if required)
  • Entitlement to work in UK
  • Two satisfactory references

personal qualities required

  • Ability to communicate clearly and well, both orally and in writing (including the writing of reports, records and proposals) with a wide variety of audiences, including parents/carers, colleagues, students and childcare professionals
  • Ability to plan and prioritize workloads on your own initiative, sometimes to strict deadlines, whilst maintaining a high level of confidentiality and discretion.
  • Willingness to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service.
  • There is a requirement, subject to appropriate guidance or training, to lift and carry children, and to spend time outdoors throughout the year and in all weathers.

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