Nursery Manager

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2018-01-26 Care Homes Job Title: Nursery Manager

Job Setting: Day Nursery / Nursery School

Job Role: Manager

Date Posted: 27 Dec 2017

Job Location: Poole , Dorset

Salary: Competitive

Hours: Full Time

Contact Name: Laura Venables

Job Reference: 10898


Do you want to progress your career with a leading nursery chain across the South-West, whom Ofsted have awarded ‘Outstanding’ to time and time again? Do you want to work with a company that pride themselves on employee care and career development? Then this could be the career move for you!

Here at Tops Day Nurseries we have an outstanding reputation for delivering the best quality childcare across the South-West, operating 19 nurseries and 9 play club across Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

We will offer the successful candidate excellent in-house training, flexible working hours, family friendly policy, pension & staff welfare scheme!

We believe in making an awesome environment for children and grown-ups to learn, develop, play, and have fun and in happy parents who can do what they need to do, whatever that is, whenever it is, while their children are in the best place with awesome stuff! We make a difference to people’s lives.

We believe in “reducing, reusing and recycling” and respect for each other, our resources and our world. Together, we can create a sustainable culture in which our children can thrive.

We are looking for someone who has excellent management skills and consistently work towards achieving an ‘outstanding’ at inspections. The ideal candidate must be passionate about running a fun, stimulating, and safe Centre for children, alongside wanting to grow and progress their career opportunities.


Your Duties & Responsibilities will include:

  • Monitoring and ensuring all agreed company quality and safety standards are maintained in the nurseries at all times.

  • Ensuring daily operational management of the nursery should be kept in line with the Tops mission statement and policies, the Children Act 2004/6 and other relevant legislation and all Ofsted requirements, achieving at least ‘Good’ but ideally ‘Outstanding’ at inspection.

  • It is the responsibility of the onsite management to be responsible for all safeguarding issues that may arise. The safety, security and wellbeing of children registered in the nursery is of paramount concern and is dealt with professionally, timely and on a need to know basis.

    Monitor the day-to-day financial operations within the nursery and meet occupancy and financial objectives. You will require an understanding and manage the two, three and four-year funding.

  • Formulate, operate and evaluate an annual program of activities, suitable for the age range of children, following the guidelines and implementation of the EYFS.

  • Leading practice by acting as a role model to staff, working on the floor with the staff teams finding out what service needs to be delivered.

  • Booking policies and receive all communication regarding change to these as a matter of priority.

    Ensure that the first impressions of the setting are professional and lasting for parents and that these are maintained throughout the day.

  • Establish, develop and maintain professional working relationships with all relevant authorities, including the Local Authority, Ofsted etc.

  • Ensure that required standards, rations and conditions of the registration are maintained at all times and exceeded where possible.

    Prepare the nursery for Ofsted inspections and action any recommendations made by the inspector liaising with Head Office as appropriate, achieving Good or Outstanding for all areas.

  • Keeping up to date with current practice by attending courses, conferences and reading relevant magazines and books.

  • To be committed to the safeguarding of all children in the nursery and your direct care

  • This role is a full-time role working 40 hours per week.



  • 28 days annual holiday entitlement (pro rata)

  • Staff Welfare Scheme

  • Company Pension

  • Staff discount for childcare with Tops Day Nurseries

  • Great career progression

  • Regular supervisions

  • Continuous in-house and external training opportunities

  • Annual pay review

  • Private Medical Insurance

  • Monthly Bonus

  • Uniform provided


What we would like from you:

You will be an exceptional leader who can develop and implement a strategy in regards to current processes. You will have impeccable interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively to colleagues of all levels of seniority, being able to build working relationships to ensure common goals can be achieved.


Essential skills/qualifications:

  • Minimum Level 3 in Child Care or equivalent

  • First Aid Certificate

  • Health & Safety Certificate

  • Ability to lead nursery team


Desirable skills/qualifications:

  • Foreign Language

  • NVQ Assessor/ I.V

  • Valid driving license and access to own car

A clear and valid DBS is paramount and overseas applicants will need a clear and valid certificate of good conduct. Please note we will conduct a suitability check prior to interview.


  • NVQ Level 3 Early Years
  • Clear and Valid DBS

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