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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 19/10/2019.

Nursery Manager

Job Reference: 334-HRE-1964579-GB

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Day Nursery
Maudsley, London
£29,056 - £36,112 per ann

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We deliver specialist services in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

We are committed to providing high quality and specialist care to our service users and we are recognised for the care and treatment we provide. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users, where our Trust values and our promise to be caring, kind, polite, prompt, honest, listen and do what I say I’m going to do, is at the heart of everything we do. When you join us, you’ll be part of something special.

Cedar House Day Nursery is looking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced Nursery Manager, to lead our award winning workplace nursery.

Cedar House Nursery has been rated as Good by Ofsted and is located within the grounds of the South London & Maudsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which is one of the leading hospitals in mental health.

We are a 69 place nursery day nursery offering care to children aged 3 months to 4 years. We open for 52 weeks of the year from 8am to 6pm, with all staff working a shift rota.

The nursery manager must be an inspirational individual who is dedicated to the continuous improvement of standards for children and their families with proven leadership and management skills.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated with a commitment to working in partnerships. They will have an excellent knowledge and understanding of the Statutory Framework for Early Years and the EYFS to be able to self-evaluate, identifying priorities and set targets to improve practice.

Candidates must hold a minimum of an NNEB or equivalent or Foundation Degree in Early Years with a minimum of 2-years management experience with experience of Ofsted inspections.

Key responsibilities;

  • Be responsible for the operational management of the Day Nursery, ensuring compliance of the Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage and the EYFS to monitor and evaluate provision.
  • Provide effective leadership and support to all directly managed staff.
  • Participate in all aspects of the delivery of the service and undertake duties of other staff when necessary.
  • Ensure the full inclusion of children with Special Educational Need and that Codes of Practice are adhered to.
  • Implementation of Day Nursery Policies and Procedures, reflecting the Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage and Trust
  • Continually assess staff performance and conduct in order to develop and maintain the highest professional practice, by undertake individual supervisions and formal performance appraisal in line with Trust policy.
  • Appropriately manage issues including disciplinary, grievance, poor performance and sickness absence in accordance with Trust procedures.
  • Purchase resources and equipment ensuring financial expenditure is within agreed limits. Appropriately develop and manage all resources within own control.
  • Work closely with the Children & Families Manager for the management of the nursery budget; ensure financial expenditure is within agreed limits.

Person Specification:

  • Experience of managing an effective staff team
  • Experience of developing and implementing early years policies and procedures
  • A comprehensive understanding of EYFS for children aged 0-4
  • A comprehensive understanding of Child Protection and Prevent procedures.
  • An awareness of Equal and Diversity issues.
  • Clear and effective communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Ability to maintain records and write accurate reports.
  • Ability to manage budgets.


For further details / informal visits contact:

Jan Vince on 020-3228-2088

The Trust is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and that promote equality of opportunity. We are a Disability Confident Employer, we welcome applicants from all sections of the community and people of all protected characteristics. We provide reasonable adjustments for candidates with a disability and are committed to treating people fairly with compassion, respect and dignity and in promoting equality and human rights. We aim to put this commitment into practice by:

  • Embedding our commitment to tackling inequality, eliminating discrimination and harassment; promoting equality of opportunity and fostering good relations in our everyday practice
  • Ensuring that all our services and all staff understand and support our commitment
  • We believe that people who use our services, their carers and our staff, should be treated with compassion, respect and dignity

Please note:

  • That all applications for this post will need to be made online
  • That you read and understand the Job Description and Personal Specification attached to the role. Your Statement in Support should reflect the requirements specified as your application will be judged against these criteria
  • That the closing date listed is a guide only and that the vacancy may close earlier should sufficient number of applicants have been received. We advise that you submit your application as early as possible
  • That once you have submitted your application you agree to your application being transferred to a 3rd party e-recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from
  • That should you not have heard from us within three weeks from the closing date your application has not successful
  • That priority consideration for applications may be given to at-risk NHS employees
  • That should you be successful and appointed, you authorise South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust to confirm your previous NHS service via an Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process
  • That we are a smoke-free Trust

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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