Nursery Manager Personal Specification

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  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 management experience


Knowledge and understanding Experience and knowledge of leading Ofsted inspections


Knowledge of Health and Safety legislation


Sound knowledge and experience of financial management and budgetary planning and control


Understanding of Children Act and Ofsted requirements


Knowledge of 30 hours free funding and how to support parents to get this


Strong understanding of the EYFS


Financial Management experience


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


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 – fitting hours around for when you are most needed at the nursery

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


Monitoring and improving the settings performance (e.g Wage %, Debtors %, Income, Extra-curricular profit)


Contribute to outstanding inspections (internal and external)


Ensure accurate invoices are distributed to parents


Being able to lead and manage a team and motivate staff


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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