Deputy Manager Personal Specification


Please see below or contact our Recruitment Coordinator for more information on 01202 551553 or


Essential Desirable
Qualifications NVQ level 3 or equivalent


First Aid Certificate, Health and Safety Certificate

NVQ Level 4, Foundation Degree and working towards Honours Degree


NVQ Assessor/I.V


First Aid at Work

Experience At least 3 years post qualifying childcare experience


Minimum of 2 years supervisory/management experience


Management experience
Knowledge and understanding Experience and knowledge of Ofsted inspections


Knowledge of Health and Safety legislation


Understanding of Children Act and Ofsted requirements


Strong understanding of the EYFS


Learn all the Manager roles and responsibilities so that management of the setting can be passed over in the Manager’s absence


Knowledge of Nursery Management

Maintaining accurate records of children development


Monitoring accident trends


Know how to devise activities for the needs of the children indoors and outdoors incorporating continuous provision


Excellent understanding of leadership and management


Keeping up to date with current practise by reading the relevant magazines and books



Personal characteristics Positive, enthusiastic and hardworking


Impeccable interpersonal skills


Flexible – primarily with start and finish times and with hours potentially opposite of the manager

Desire to continue with professional development
Skills Ability to lead a nursery team and develop positive relationships with colleagues, parents and children


Excellent communicator with internal staff and all members of public (agencies, parents, Ofsted)


Displays commitment to the protection and safeguarding of children


Ability to work on own initiative and prioritise workload


Contribute to outstanding inspections (internal and external)


Being able to lead and manage a team and motivate staff


Values and respects the views and needs of the children


Works collaboratively with colleagues


Resilient and demonstrates ability to work well under pressure


Good time management


Willing to work within organisational processes and procedures to meet required standards for the role

Ability to demonstrate creative abilities


Proficient understanding of computer/IT skills


Confident and competent with numbers (training can be provided to do the cash book, scheduling, holidays etc)


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