The Springfield Project, Closing date: On Request

To assist the Nursery Manager to provide professional leadership and management of the nursery. To provide high quality care and early education to children aged 2 – 5.


As a management team member to oversee planning and children’s development records ensuring appropriate educational activities are delivered and worked within the Early Years Foundation Stage and meet the needs of individual children.
To work alongside the Nursery Manager to ensure effective forward planning to maintain and grow occupancy levels, and manage waiting lists effectively Promote high standards of quality within the nursery in respect of the environment, resources and experiences offered to children. In the absence of the Nursery Manager, the Deputy will undertake the overall day-to-day management of the nursery.

Assist the Nursery Manager in delivering agreed occupancy targets Support the Nursery Manager and staff during inspections by regulatory bodies and assist in the implementation of any recommendations.
Support the Nursery Manager in completing full induction, ongoing regular contact and probation reviews with new employees , offering support and guidance and addressing performance concerns as required Support in dealing with investigations, disciplinaries and absence management, in line with Springfield Project policies and procedures.
To meet with the Nursery Manager regularly to feed back any updates, improvements or concerns that need addressing.
To be sensitive to the needs of all the children in the nursery showing the utmost care and attention. Role model, mentor and lead the staff team and offer support and guidance as required.
Be an advocate to promote the Springfield Project’s ethos, vision statement, and benefits.
To maintain a safe and secure environment for the children.
To maintain and administer children’s records appropriate to individual children’s stages of development.
To have an ability to calmly and effectively lead the nursery setting in times of emergency.
To support all aspects of inclusive practice, behaviour management and special educational needs within your team liaising with appropriate representatives.

To support effective partnerships working with children, families and the wider community, continuously looking at ways to build relationships with external agencies.
To act as Designated Safeguarding Lead, following Springfield Project procedures as required, ensuring safeguarding is promoted at all times and that all staff are aware of their safeguarding responsibilities. Oversee an effective key person approach within the setting.
To ensure that children’s development is tracked and that appropriate interventions are implemented to promote good child development.

To liaise with parents, promoting effective parent/carers partnership.
To be familiar with and uphold the policies and procedures of the Project especially those relating to Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities, Data Protection and Child Protection.
To ensure the safety and welfare of children is prioritised at all times, and follow the Project’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and Procedures. To provide a warm, welcoming and inclusive play environment where individuals are valued and appropriate adaptations are made to maximise all children’s engagement with play.
To work within a team and maintain good communications.
To adhere to the confidentiality policy.
To attend all staff meetings and Project training days as required.
To contribute to evaluation of services delivered. To attend relevant and mandatory training courses.
To maintain appropriate Safeguarding and First Aid Certificate.
To undertake personal professional development and training as appropriate. Staff are expected to wear the uniform supplied and to keep their appearance clean and tidy.

The Deputy Nursery Manager will be based in the nursery room and counted in ratio with the children, and will be expected to lead and role model good practice, ensuring that all children attending the nursery receive rich and stimulating experiences appropriate to their age and stage of development.
The Springfield Project exists to respond to the needs of individuals, therefore many tasks and responsibilities are unpredictable and varied. It is therefore expected that all staff will work in a flexible manner when required, undertaking tasks that have not specifically been covered in their job description.

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