10Jul2018

Name of Organisation: The North London Forest School Nursery

Position being advertised: Forest School Nursery Manager, Full Time

Closing date for applications: 10th of July 2018

Salary: £32.000 - £35.000 p.a.

Location: Hampstead, London NW3

Explain how applicants should contact you / apply: Please send your up to date CV and a cover letter to northlondonforestschoolnursery@yahoo.co.uk

Job description: Forest School Nursery Manager. The Role As a Manager, you’ll be tasked with providing a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for the children aged 2-5 years.

You’ll work with your team to create an enabling environment where children can develop and learn through play. You’ll use your existing skills, experience and passion for outdoor education to deliver a fantastic experience for our children, promote our ethos and continue to uphold the nursery’s outstanding Ofsted grade. You can learn more about our nursery at www.nlforestschoolnursery.com

The North London Forest School Nursery is an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Person specification: The post requires a minimum of 2 years experience as a Nursery Manager or Nursery Deputy in a \'Good\' or \'Outstanding\' childcare setting. Forest School Leader qualification desirable. Have a minimum Level 3 Childcare / Early Years Qualification Experience of leading and supporting teams and the overall day to day running of a nursery plus:

  • Proven track record of involvement in supporting in Ofsted Inspections.
  • Excellent knowledge of the EYFS curriculum.
  • Full up to date knowledge of current childcare practice.
  • Have excellent written and verbal English.

Any other information:

  • The North London Forest School Nursery - Nursery Manager
  • Role:  Nursery Manager         
  • Hours: 40 hours per week
  • Terms: Permanent role with a four months probationary period Reports to: Head of Operations/Nursery Owner

The Role: As a Manager, you’ll be tasked with providing a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for the children aged 2-5 years. You’ll work with your team to create an enabling environment where children can develop and learn through play. You’ll use your existing skills, experience and passion for outdoor education to deliver a fantastic experience for our children, promote our ethos and continue to uphold the nursery’s outstanding Ofsted grade. You can learn more about our nursery at www.nlforestschoolnursery.com

The North London Forest School Nursery is an equal opportunities employer

Key Responsibilities Safeguarding:

  1. Adhere to any relevant Policies about Keeping Children Safe, ongoing Safeguarding, Equal Opportunities, Data Protection and Confidentiality.
  2. Advise the Head of Operations/Nursery Owner of any concerns, e.g. over children, parents, the safety of the environment, preserving confidentiality as necessary.
  3. Read, understand, promote and adhere to all policies and procedures relevant to your role and the safe running of the setting.
  4. Keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families or other staff that is acquired as part of the job.
  5. Ensure good standards of safety, hygiene and cleanliness are maintained at all times.
  6. Review policies and procedures as appropriate with guidelines and communication where necessary.

Care & Education:

  1. Supervise, observe, mentor and support children aged 2-5.
  2. Be responsible at all times for high standards of care and education.
  3. Effectively deliver the EYFS ensuring that the individual needs and interest of children in the setting are met (in conjunction with other team members).
  4. Ensure the provision of a high quality environment to meet the needs of individual children; having an awareness of any disabilities, family cultures and medical histories.
  5. Support practitioners to record and track their key children’s development and learning journeys, and share with parents, carers and other key adults in the child’s life.
  6. Develop and maintain strong partnerships and communication with parents/carers to facilitate day- to-day caring and early learning needs.
  7. Be responsible for and lead all site visits.
  8. Support children with individual special needs, including action plans and support plans as required.

Operations:

  1. Ensure that The North London Forest School Nursery is compliant with laws and Ofsted regulations and ensure policies for Safeguarding are adhered to.
  2. Prepare and share logistics with the onsite team, update and share children’s attendance and registers.
  3. Ensure children are signed in and out on a register in the morning and afternoon.
  4. Record staff hours and pass on the information to Head of Operations/Nursery Owner.
  5. Oversee the filing and record keeping of staff, children and other regulatory documents.
  6. Manage the nursery site set-up including carrying out the risk assessments, ensuring logistics are communicated, ensuring food/snacks, activities and packing up are done on time.
  7. Manage the nursery indoor site including: planning of activities, resources, housekeeping, as well as staff breaks and closing of the nursery.
  8. Maintain equipment and resources to include regular auditing of equipment for staff, children and the setting, including but not limited to first aid kits, sunscreen, soap and any other items required daily.
  9. Manage the enrollment of new children together with the Head of Operations/ Nursery Owner.
  10. Monitoring enrollment forms, allergy forms, about-me forms.
  11. Managing the set up for the child’s settling-in days as well as welcoming parents and allocating a key person.
  12. Updating all registers and create a child folder
  13. Manage the process of children leaving the nursery (updating records, allergy lists, filing).
  14. Write and send the fortnightly newsletter to current families.

Team Management:

  1. Arrange and advise of interview times for prospective candidates, conduct interviews onsite and liaise with Head of Operations/Nursery Owner on the outcome.
  2. Organise the starter week including an induction for the new staff. Assign a ‘buddy’ for the first week, get photographs for the website.
  3. Managing the on-boarding process of giving out the contract and filing all documents in employee folder.
  4. Monitor current training and qualifications and highlight staff training needs.
  5. Manage regular appraisals with staff, take minutes of the appraisal and inform Head of Operations/Nursery Owner of the outcome.
  6. Support all staff and play a key part in keeping team morale high.
  7. Be responsible for mentoring staff in planning and documenting children’s learning.
  8. Give regular feedback on development of team members to the Head of Operations/Nursery Owner.
  9. Organize and lead weekly team-meetings as well as sending out minutes after to Head of Operations/Nursery Owner.
  10. Carry out an audit of all employee files on a regular basis.
  11. Create and update a staff rota, including managing holiday requests, annual or sick leave. 12. Collect, maintain and approve monthly records of staff hours and sending those to Head of Operations/Nursery Owner.
  12. To promote The North London Forest School and Outdoor Learning ethos.
  13. Be involved in out of working hours activities, e.g. training, monthly management meetings and events.
  14. To work with the staff team to ensure that the setting’s philosophy is fulfilled and promoted.
  15. Be aware of the high profile of the setting and to uphold its standards at all times, both in work hours and outside.

Other:

  1. To be flexible within working practices of the setting, undertaking other responsible duties where needed, maintenance related tasks, preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment, etc.
  2. Due to our nursery being a forest nursery, there are physical demands of this role. The work is practical by definition and requires physical effort. The work requires moderate levels of physical effort. It involves lifting and handling of training equipment, play equipment and other resources and to be involved in practical activities and physical care of learners and the physical woodland environment. Activities are mainly out of doors and this will require walking and managing on uneven surfaces and in unpredictable weather conditions. You are required to be a role model for the staff and learners you work with, adhering to the Health & Safety procedures.

Qualification / Experience:

  • Experience of working in a nursery/private day care setting as either a Deputy Nursery Manager or Manager
  • A relevant childcare qualification for the role (Minimum NNEB, NVQ3/Diploma 3)
  • Minimum of 3 year’s post qualification experience
  • Preferable experience within outdoor education environment (desirable)
  • Experience of undergoing Ofsted inspections with ‘good’ OR ‘outstanding’ outcomes
  • Experience improving or trouble shooting within a setting to raise Ofsted outcomes
  • Ability to develop robust policies and procedures to support quality childcare
  • A robust knowledge of the early years foundation stage.
  • An excellent knowledge of the learning and development requirements and the welfare requirement

Personal Attributes:

  • Ability to motivate a large team and develop on staff’s existing skills
  • Highly organized, structured individual, confident in using initiative
  • Inspiring leader with a vision to improve children’s outdoor education
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changes and use a flexible approach in managing a diverse team in an outdoor setting
  • Approachable and caring with a passion for working with children and the outdoors

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