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Nursery manager

Job Reference: 188-OTH1068

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Taplins Childcare
Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
£30,401 - £37,267 pa

We have an exciting opportunity to join our Taplins team as a nursery manager. The nursery cares for approximately 50 children ranging from 3 months to 5 years in a purpose built setting at Southampton General Hospital and has been rated as ‘Good’ by OFSTED.


Your role will be to:


    • Manage the nursery, ensuring compliance with EYFS statutory framework, OFSTED regulations and the Children’s Act.


    • Lead, motivate and inspire the team to continually improve and develop their childcare provision


    • Work with the leadership and management team in both Taplins nurseries to enable integrated working between the settings and deliver childcare of a consistent quality


    • Optimise capacity and income for the nursery




You will bring:


    • A degree in an early years childcare related subject, or have a foundation degree (or able to demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge, skills and experience) and be willing to work towards the full degree.


    • Early years practitioner status (or able to demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge, skills and experience).


    • Experience of managing an early years setting, or be an experienced deputy manager with skills and aspirations to work at this level


    • Ability to manage a large team and drive improvements in performance


    • Flexibility to work between 0700-1830 Monday to Friday throughout the year




We offer:


    • Taplins nurseries are owned and managed by University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust(UHS) and all employees receive standard NHS terms and conditions including:
        • 27 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) rising to 33 days with long service

        • Full sick pay (for a limited period and increasing with service)

        • Access to the UHS Benefits platform for discounted products and services

        • Salary sacrifice for full childcare costs at either Taplins nursery (saving approx. 25%)

        • Access to further training & development

        • UHS was ranked in the top 10 of acute hospital employers in England in the most recent NHS National Staff Survey




UHS, rated ‘Good’ by the CQC, is one of England's largest acute teaching trusts. In the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff would recommend the hospital as a place to work or to receive care.




Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep.




The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.




The closing date for applications is the 27 May.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Anna Rixon


Senior Nursery Manager


023 80540653

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.


We offer parking on site at UHS or through one of our park-and-ride schemes on a limited basis, based on specific eligibility criteria. We encourage our staff to utilise other green methods of getting to work such as cycling or walking where possible, and our Trust is well connected through bus services to the city centre and other areas.


Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.


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