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Early Years Deputy Manager

Reference number: SW-012521
  • Job Type: Jobs
  • Employer: London Early Years Foundation
  • Location: SW9 9ES
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This is an excellent opportunity If you hold a full and relevant Level 3 or above Early Years qualification. We are looking for a passionate, inspiring leader to help deliver outstanding care and education to 16 mixed-aged children, in a small North Oxford Nursery.

We need a deputy manager 1-year maternity cover starting from Monday 8th May 2023.

Our setting is a warm, friendly, family orientated nursery, with a small, dedicated team. We are looking for someone who will enjoy the challenge of providing excellent care to mixed-aged children ranging from 6 months to 4 years.

Hours of work: 38 hours per week, Monday to Friday 8:30am – 5:15pm with an additional weekly staff meeting.

You’re Responsibilities:

  • Be a key person to four mixed aged children and work in a leadership role within a team of five staff carrying out key person and managerial duties.
  • Support the Manager with the ongoing evaluation and development of the nursery and be active and supportive in making improvements and changes which enhance the quality of the provision.
  • Understand the leadership tasks and responsibilities needed for a busy mixed-aged nursery and the ability to delegate where necessary.
  • Experience of managing staff with a sound knowledge of child protection procedures, and a commitment to safeguarding children.
  • Develop and maintain strong partnerships with parents, staff, and other agencies, to meet the needs of every child.
  • Assist the manager in ensuring all Ofsted legislation, special needs, safeguarding and health and safety is complied with and that all setting policies and procedures are adhered to.
  • Deal with any complaints or issues as they arise in a sensitive and professional manner and in accordance with the nursery’s policies and Ofsted requirements.
  • In collaboration with the Nursery Manager, identify and deliver relevant training and support staff self-reflection and development plans, including mentoring for all staff.
  • Lead and inspire our team to deliver exceptional care, learning and development to all children from 9 months to four years of age.
  • Must have a sound knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage and can plan for, record, and assess all aspects of a child’s learning for your 4 key children.
  • The ability to work on own initiative, organise and prioritise own workload.
  • An understanding of and commitment to a play-based approach to children’s learning and development
  • An understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities
  • Have competent I.T and literacy skills.
  • Assist with the delivery of weekly staff meetings and attend and contribute to committee meetings once a term.
  • Maintain staff/child ratios and arrange supply cover if needed.
  • Be Confident in making on the spot decisions and changes when needed.
  • Be a cheerful well motivated person with a positive, can-do attitude, and a sense of humour.

This role is subject to satisfactory pre-employment checks including enhanced disclosure and barring system checks, overseas checks where necessary and two reference checks.

Due to our commitment to Safer Recruitment we will need you to complete our application form. Please contact the manager Hannah O’Brien for further information.

Job Types: Full-time, Fixed term contract
Contract length: 12 months


  • Employee discount
  • Free parking
  • On-site parking
  • Sick pay

Please forward your cv to Mark at

Date posted: 14/02/2023

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