Bramble Infant School & Nursery

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Would you fit in here? Nursery Manager wanted at Bramble Infant School & Nursery
This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to take forward our highly respected provision. We are looking for a dynamic and passionate Nursery Manager to be responsible for the overall running of our nursery for children aged 6 months to 5 years of age.

The successful candidate will be an experienced Early Years Manager with previous leadership experience. You will have a warm and positive approach and a good knowledge of all aspects of child development, safeguarding and support for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. You will help us to move towards delivering our vision of, strengthening links between the nursery and school so that our 0 – 7 year old provision is seamless and outstanding.

Our new nursery manager will:
 Be qualified to at least level 3 however, qualifications to level 6 are desirable.
 Have an understanding of the requirements of the Early  Years Foundation Stage and the Ofsted inspection  Frameworks (Early Inspection Framework & Education  Inspection Framework).
 Demonstrate strong leadership and support staff to deliver high quality practice.
 Inspire staff and help communicate our established vision and values across the community.
 Have experience of monitoring budgets, business planning and staff recruitment.

We will offer you:

 A unique and exciting opportunity at our Ofsted rated “good” setting
 A well-resourced setting
 A very competitive salary.
 A popular nursery with an excellent reputation
 A staff team who are eager and passionate about their role

Position:              Nursery Manager

Closing Date:       Friday 28th February 2020

Interview Date:    Week Commencing 16th March 2020  (Interview date flexible)

Job Start Date:     As soon as possible Contract: Permanent

Hours per week:   37 hours

Annual Leave       Initially, 26 days (rising to 30 after 5 years service) plus public holidays per year.

Salary Range:       Pay Band 9 (£31,370 - £34,787)

Location of Role:  Bramble Infant School and Nursery

Bramble Infant School and Nursery is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All staff and volunteers to share this commitment therefore a DBS Disclosure at Enhanced Level and two references will be required prior to any offer of employment.
Visits to the nursery are welcomed; please contact the Business Manager: Becky Esau on 023 9282 8604 to arrange this.
Completed application forms can be emailed to or returned to the School Office addressed to the Business Manager at Bramble Infant School, Bramble Road, Southsea, PO4 0DT.

Dear Applicant,
Thank you for showing an interest in applying for the post of Nursery Manager here at Bramble Infant School and Nursery. We educate children from the age of six months through to seven years old in a unique setting in the heart of Southsea. The nursery, in a well-resourced and recently converted Victorian school building, has approximately 190 children on roll, the school has two classes per year with children aged 4 – 7 years old. We have a long established history, providing excellent education for children since 1888.

The school and nursery is led by a single strategic leadership team and board of governors who work to deliver high quality outcomes in line with our vison and values. We believe that all our children will make the best start in life and grow into successful, life-long learners who care for, respect and are curious about the world around them.

The role of Nursery Manager is key in ensuring the smooth day to day running of our provision with the support of a delegated leadership structure. In conjunction with the Headteacher, you will be responsible for the pedagogical direction (the teaching and learning methods) of the nursery, high quality standards and business sustainability.

The nursery is staffed by a large, diverse team who are passionate about children and the EYFS. This has resulted in the nursery becoming an ‘excellence hub’ for the city of Portsmouth and is regularly used as an example of good practice. The successful candidate should be able to contribute towards collaborative working and lead the development of high quality practice.

We have a very positive reputation in the local community, frequently being described as ‘the village school in the city’. One parent commented, “Our children have grown in confidence as they have been nurtured through their time at the nursery. Their curiosity has been ignited and their social skills have developed.” If you think you are the right person for this position and are ready to lead our successful nursery, please contact the admin office to arrange a tour.

Kind Regards,

Mr. O Bradley

Job Information:

 This post is 37 hours per week

 FTE; 37 hours per week, 52 weeks of the year. Initially, 26 days holiday (rising to 30 after 5 years service) plus public holidays per year.

Essential Criteria:
 A passionate and positive attitude

 Proven success in role modelling behaviours including a strong ability to lead and motivate a team

 Proven success in a senior childcare setting role

 A full and relevant child care qualification (minimum NVQ Level 3 or equivalent but ideally a degree)

 Experience managing financial budgets

 Excellent communication skills and ability to build strong parent partnerships

Principle Responsibilities / Duties:
 In conjunction with the Senior Management Team be proactive in ensuring sound principals of business practice within the nursery setting

 To take responsibility for ensuring the team are enabled to identify and plan individual children’s needs through the Early Years Foundation Stage.

 To safeguard children through following correct procedures including carrying out risk assessments and making/assisting with referrals to social care where appropriate

 To ensure the team are enabled to provide a consistently high quality of learning to all children in line with the school and nursery vision and values

 To work in conjunction with school staff to develop and deliver our early years curriculum and ensure effective transition for children from nursery to school.

 Ensure that staff are appropriately deployed to fully utilise their skills and knowledge across the setting.

 To oversee the quality and implementation for the daily programme of nursery activities and events.

 To be responsible for maintaining systems of observation and record keeping so that children’s attainment and progress are effectively and regularly assessed; to monitor the effectiveness of assessment procedures.

 Be part of the wider school shared strategy team.
 To monitor, evaluate and report on the service provided.

 To respond to complaints and issues as they arise, reporting concerns and actions as appropriate to the Headteacher and to provide assistance to the Headteacher in responding to formal complaints

 Report to the Governing Body on the effectiveness of the nursery through accurate self-evaluation and development plans, including provision of strategic reports to reflect the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing the nursery.

 To provide accurate information that facilitates accurate occupancy forecasting and associated income.

 To take full responsibility for the Nursery in the absence of the Headteacher during school holidays.

 To be the nominated ‘day-to-day’ manager in terms of the Ofsted childcare registration.

 To liaise with stakeholders as necessary and ensure that all legal and statutory requirements are implemented; to provide reports as required.

 To ensure the maintenance of an effective key person system and supervision of staff

 To deliver staff appraisals for senior team and enable the effective delivery of appraisals across the setting

 To identify training and development needs across the whole staff team, individually and collectively.

 To ensure records are properly maintained, e.g. daily register, accident and incident book.

 To maintain effective mechanisms to liaise closely with parents/carers, informing them about the Nursery, exchanging information about children’s progress and encouraging parental involvement.

 To ensure that the Nursery is a safe environment for children, staff and others, that equipment is safe, standards of hygiene are high, safety procedures are implemented at all times and fire drills are regularly practiced.

 To ensure that policies and procedures are up to date, compliant with relevant guidance and effectively disseminated and implemented by the team.

 To attend relevant training courses and meetings as required.

 To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the Headteacher.

 Be involved in extra curricular activities, (e.g. clubs, activities, trips, open days).

 Lead staff meetings and training sessions as required.

 Work within all nursery policies and procedures

 Report student and school issues in line with the School’s policies for health and safety, child protection, behaviour management etc.

Responsibilities of all Staff:
 To familiarise themselves with the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, etc. and any other health and safety legislation and codes of practice, which are relevant to their work.

 To take reasonable care of their own health and safety and any other persons who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work.

 To take an active interest in promoting health and safety and suggest ways of reducing risks.

 To report any defects in the premises, plant, equipment and facilities, which they observe.

 To comply with any individual requirements identified in Job Descriptions and pertinent to their specific role.

 To familiarise themselves with the school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies.

 To ensure they are familiar with school procedure for reporting concerns.

 To comply with any individual requirements identified in job descriptions and pertinent to their specific roles (health needs of children with medical conditions; first aid; school security etc.)

Bramble Infant School and Nursery is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS Disclosure at Enhanced Level will be required prior to any offer of employment. NB. This post is exempt from the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions/cautions they may have and any orders which have been made against them

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