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Deputy Manager

Streatham, London

 

We are looking for a creative, passionate, committed, experienced Deputy Nursery Manager who can ride shotgun alongside our nursery Manager.

The Deputy Manager will support the Nursery Manager and Management team with running the nursery. They act as Nursery Manager when the Nursery Manager is absent and assume full responsibility. They are responsible for the effective management of the nursery and to signpost the Nursery Manager to potential issues, and give guidance to staff where necessary. The Deputy Manager must be knowledgeable in all aspects of nursery operations and policies. This includes a good understanding of regulatory and practice requirements, staff management, customer service, and the curriculum for all age groups.

You will be able to:

  • To deputise for the Nursery Manager and assume overall responsibility for the nursey in the absence of the Nursery Manager.

  • To work in partnership with the Nursery Manager to ensure the smooth day to day running of the nursery, ensuring compliance with the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Requirementsand that all nursery policies and procedures are complied with.

  • To be a key holder and to open and close the nursery when requested to do so.

  • To work in partnership with the Nursery Manager to organise staffing ensuring that staff: child ratios are met at all times, deploying staff as needed. To also be part of ratio’s should the nursery require the post holder to do so unless the Nursery Manager is absent.

  • At the request of the Nursery Manager temporarily step in as Room Leader when there are absences or during times of recruitment.

  • To work in partnership with the Nursery Manager to discuss potential staffing requirements when opening the nursery and preparing for the following day.

  • Update the Nursery Manager on staffing matters through 1-2-1 meetings or immediately with serious noncompliance issues.

  • To maintain a welcoming atmosphere and greet children and staff on arrival.

  • To administer medication when the Nursery Manager is absent or has requested the Deputy Manager to do so.

  • To counter sign and to check accuracy of forms that staff members are completing e.g. health forms, accident forms.

  • To inform parents in advance of any information regarding the child prior to pick up where appropriate.

  • To attend staff meetings at times appointed by the Nursery Manager and assist where necessary.

  • To liaise closely with parents/carers to ensure high levels of involvement and customer satisfaction at all times. When liaising with and parents/carers ensure policies are adhered to where necessary.

  • To assist the Nursery Manager with recruitment and induction of staff.

  • To maintain a flexible approach to the work of the nursery in response to the needs of the children, families and staff.

  • To liaise with the Brand and Marketing Manager to ensure all communication is consistent with nursery branding.

  • To attend management meetings, engaging in discussions, contributing ideas, helping to identify problems and establishing solutions in order to ensure consistency across the three CLNS sites.

 

Training and Development:

  • To be responsible for own personal growth by identifying and addressing areas for personal and professional development.

  • To deliver training sessions to small groups as appropriate for example, EYFS induction, upskilling training activities.

  • To co-deliver training to staff as appropriate in large group sessions for example, parents evening training, behaviour management training.

  • To plan and lead 1-2-1 mentoring with individuals identified by Management.

 

Safeguarding:

  • To be a Safeguarding Officer and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead responsible for ensuring that safeguarding procedures are adhered to, liaising with the Nursery Manager and local social services as required and taking appropriate action as necessary.

  • To ensure high standards of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care and development for the children placed in Cavendish Lodge Nursery School.

 

Health and Safety:

  • To be the Designated Health and Safety Lead ensuring the highest standards of safety are maintained by completing annual risk assessments, reactive and proactive risk assessments, accident audits, reviewing daily safety checks and ensuring action is taken where necessary.

  • To be the fire warden ensuring that fire safety records and risk assessments are kept up to date and that regular fire drills are completed.

  • To ensure the highest standard of safety and security are maintained, in particular that security procedures are always fully operational and used properly by all staff.

  • To assist the Nursery Manager in ensuring that the preparation, care, cleanliness and maintenance of the nursery playrooms, kitchen and equipment are carried out according to the policies and procedures and risk assessments.

  • To actively support staff in operating at the highest level of cleanliness and hygiene within the nursery.

 

Professional Conduct:

  • To maintain confidentiality at all times with regards to information about children and families and staff matters.

  • To adhere to high professional conduct standards as described in the Professional Code of Conduct Policy.

  • To encourage and model appropriate behaviour and establish and maintain appropriate expectations of staff.

 

Equality of Opportunity and Inclusion:

  • To deliver CLNS and nursery settings commitment to equality of opportunity through actively promoting equality and diversity in the nursery.

  • To ensure that the needs of all children and parents/carers are met, being sensitive to gender, race, disability, creed, belief and sexual orientation.

  • To support the provision of the settings environment, to reflect the cultural diversity of all children and families.

 

You will:

  • Have a minimum of 4 years Deputy Manager experience in a nursery setting

  • Level 3 + childcare qualifications

  • Live within 10 miles of Streatham Common

 

Your Salary

£ 31,200.00 (£15.00 per hr) – £34,320.00 (£16.50 per hr)*

*Subject to experience

 

Full-time position based on 40 hrs per week

 

A few benefits, but don’t be afraid to ask for more

  • Enjoy our family friendly, fun playful work environment

  • 45% childcare discount for senior staff

  • 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays

  • Paid Christmas and New Year break

  • Opportunity to gain further professional qualifications

  • Employee of the month bonus scheme

  • Long service awards, extra holiday day for the first 4 years then extra pay on years 5, 8, 10, and 15 years)

  • Monthly Well-being activities (paid lunches, social nights, staff room treats)

  • Local gym discount

  • Refer a friend bonus scheme

  • Starting DBS paid for

  • Fantastic Transport links

  • Free parking

 

Successful applicants will need to provide ‘right to work’ in the U.K documentation, undertake a DBS, and obtain at least two satisfactory references before commencing employment.

We are an equal opportunity employer and especially keen to help, trainees, and men in childcare roles.

 

Cavendish Lodge Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and all successful candidates will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS disclosure.

 

Successful applicants will need to provide ‘right to work’ in the U.K documentation, undertake a DBS and contain at least two satisfactory references before commencing employment.

 

We are an equal opportunity employer and especially keen to help apprentices, trainees and men in childcare roles.

We are an equal opportunity employer and especially keen to help apprentices, trainees and men in childcare roles.

Cavendish Lodge Nursery School is committed to safeguarding and all successful candidates will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS disclosure. To see our safeguarding policy please click HEREe.

 

Successful applicants will need to provide ‘right to work’ in the U.K documentation, undertake a DBS and appropriate checks if a person has spent significant time abroad, have a google search completed and obtain at least two satisfactory references before commencing employment.

 

The amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975 (2013 and 2020) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’ and are not subject to disclosure to employers and cannot be taken into account.

 

Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

 

More information and impartial advice can be found on https://unlock.org.uk/

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