Deputy Manager (Maternity Cover)
Deputy Manager Job Description
Job title: Deputy Manager
Responsible to: Childcare & Education Manager
Responsible for: Staff in absence of manager. Student/trainee assistants.
Purpose of the job: To assist the Manager/Leader in the management of nursery
Hours of Work: 40 hours per week. Monday – Friday
Purpose of Post
- To work under the direction of the manager and deputise for him/her as and when required.
- To support the aims & objectives of the setting and assist the manager in the organisation of a high quality establishment for children from birth to eleven.
- To provide high standards of childcare & education- to include monitoring & reviews of the setting, this includes providing a safe, caring environment to enable the emotional, social & educational development of children, through individual attention and group activities.
- To direct and support staff as agreed by the setting manager
- To promote the aims & objectives of the setting.
- To promote the high standards of the setting at all times to parents/carers, staff, children & visitors.
- To assist the manager in showing parents/carers around the setting facilities and sending out information.
- To help lead a team of professional workers and to ensure good practice at all times
- To assist with the development & implementation of systems to monitor & record child development
- To ensure high standards of hygiene & cleanliness are maintained at all times.
- To ensure the setting maintains a high quality environment to meet the needs of individual children from differing cultures and religious backgrounds and stages of development.
- To ensure confidentiality
- To assist the manager in the supervision of the training of students in placements within the setting.
- To liaise with parents/carers & other family members and staff to ensure that the particular needs of children are met and that parental choice is considered.
- To attend staff/ planning meetings outside working hours if required.
- To take charge of a playroom.
- To provide cover in the absence of the Childcare & Education Manager.
- To help set up the relevant nursery room(s) for the daily programme and to help tidy away at the end of the session, ensuring that all toys and equipment are clean and safe at all times.
- To act as a key person to a small group of children, liaising closely with parents/carers and ensuring each child’s needs are recognised and met.
- To advise the Childcare & Education Manager of any concerns e.g. over children, child protection, parents/carers or the safety of equipment, preserving confidentiality as necessary.
- To be aware of any special needs a child may have and to familiarise oneself with relevant play and learning plans.
- To teach children, offering an appropriate level of support and stimulation.
- To attend Staff and In-service training courses and meetings as required.
- To keep completely confidential any information regarding the children, their families or other staff, which is acquired as part of the job.
- To keep up-to-date with current good practice.
- To undertake any reasonable duties as directed by the Childcare & Education Manager, in accordance with the business plan/objectives.
- To be flexible in working with children from 2-11years.
N.B This post is exempt from the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions they may have and any orders which have been made against them.
- Proven experience of team leadership.
- CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Pre-school Practice, NVQ Level 3 or other full and relevant qualification. Ideally foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies or working towards qualification.
- Completion of or working towards Safeguarding, Food Hygiene & First Aid Qualifications
- Completion of or working towards level 3 Forest Schools Qualification.
- A satisfactory enhanced DBS check which confirms suitability to work with children.
- Sound understanding of the EYFS and ability to fully implement all of its requirements.
- Sound understanding of child development and of children's needs.
- Leadership Skills
- Ability to plan and implement a pre-school curriculum, taking into account the SEND Code of Practice, child protection procedures and equal opportunity considerations.