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Area Nursery Manager - B60 1PH

Reference

GL-SS-ANM

Job Type

Permanent

Department

Children & Young People

Location

B60 1PH

AREA NURSERY MANAGER

Shooting Stars Nurseries are searching for a dynamic, proactive, inspirational & experienced area nursery manager who has a genuine passion for Early Years education and outcomes of the Children in our care, along with the expertise and confidence to deliver and support the sustained development and progress of all our nurseries.

As a Shooting Stars Area Manager you will be highly self-motivated and organised, overseeing and leading our Nursery Management teams, staff teams and the operation of our day nursery settings to the highest standards, whilst reporting and supporting the directors to ensure the continued success of all settings. You will ensure that the best possible environment and the highest quality of care and Early Years education is delivered at all times, whilst ensuring all legal and statutory requirements are met in accordance with Shooting Stars Nurseries Policies and Procedures.

Who are Shooting Stars?

Shooting Stars an award winning, family owned and run group of 7 modern, very well equipped day nurseries across the Midlands, providing high standard childcare for children from 3 months to 5 years old.

Our vision is to provide the ultimate in care and early education with a team that share our values & vision. Our educational approach and the curriculum are delivered through a bespoke blend of hands-on experiences, open-ended exploration and Practitioner-guided routines and teaching, favouring a heuristic, child-centric approach to childcare where children feel inspired and encouraged to follow their interests and fascinations. We create enabling, nurturing environments that are well-resourced, calm & uncluttered to allow young children, families and staff flourish.

What will Shooting Stars Offer You?

We couldn't offer our children the very best care and early education without our talented, hardworking & dedicated Team. We value and appreciate each and every member, so have created a reward package that recognises the incredible contributions all our Team Members make every day. Take a look below at a summary of our ‘Pay Plus Benefits’ package.

Professional

  • We provide a supportive environment, where continuous learning & development is encouraged & funded through ongoing in house and external training opportunities.
  • We have a growth mindset with steady but ambitious plans as an organisation. As we develop, existing team members are encouraged to grow, supported with new challenges and given opportunities for promotion.

Financial

  • You will be eligible for our company wide ‘Everyone Matters’ bonus scheme where every Team member can earn up to 5% of their gross salary (T’s & C’s apply)
  • Auto-enrolment workplace pension scheme
  • Annual pay & benefits review.
  • 32 days holiday (including bank holidays) increasing with length of service
  • Refer a friend – you could receive up to £500 per successful referral.(T’s & C’s apply)

In addition as an area manager you will also receive

  • Car Allowance
  • Enhanced Childcare Discount
  • Travel expenses
  • Phone

Wellbeing 

We believe - “Happy, thriving practitioners = Happy, flourishing children”

  • Wellbeing Champions – we have a dedicated colleague in each nursery available for non judgemental chat
  • Mental Health First Aid Training – All our Managers & Wellbeing Champion from each nursery have both been fully trained
  • Employee Assistance Programme –a confidential 24 hour service offering support and advice for all aspects of life including health, well-being and fitness, legal matters, personal coaching. Accessible over the phone or via an app

  • Team Clinics – scheduled informal meetings, chance to give feedback, make suggestions, address concerns with Company owner/Director

Awards, Celebration & Recognition

  • Annual Company Party & Awards - We hold a big annual celebration including dinner, drinks, accommodation
  • Monthly awards – recognition to celebrate excellence and for ‘Going the Extra Mile’
  • Subsidised social events including Christmas meal, for our staff to encourage team morale

About the role…

Key Responsibilities

  • Supporting and leading strategic and operational planning to ensure the success of all SS nursery settings.
  • Supporting each Nursery Management Team to achieve effective leadership and administration
  • Continuously work to monitor assess and improve quality of childcare and education.
  • Overseeing and leading Managers and staff at each nursery to ensure the delivery of all the Company’s objectives and goals, and ensuring that policies and procedures are correctly followed in all nurseries.
  • Compliance - Taking a lead role in ensuring that all settings are compliant with all legal and statutory requirements. Ensuring compliance with the Statutory Framework for the EYFS.
  • Training & Development - Leading the Company’s training programmes to ensure that the Company is delivering against set goals and objectives and team members readily access continuous professional development and training appropriate to their needs.
  • HR – overseeing all HR functions within the business. Monitor and support management staff performance in line with specific job descriptions and liaise with directors if any concerns arise.
  • Recruitment - Overseeing and ensuring that appropriate levels of qualified/unqualified staff are maintained and that Nursery Managers are consistently proactive in recruiting relief staff. Overseeing recruitment and retention of staff at all levels.
  • Health and safety - adhere to all Health and Safety policies and procedures and monitor other staff members’ performance.
  • Work with Nursery Managers and inspectors during inspections by regulatory bodies and to assist in the implementation of any recommendations.
  • Ensuring a robust safeguarding culture is maintained throughout all settings. Ensuring knowledge, understanding and delivery is held in the highest priority, so  that children are kept safe and that staff understand, and when and how to follow, Safeguarding Procedures.
  • Ensure that all settings develop and maintain effective relationships with area SENDCOs, Early Years  Advisors, Advisory Teachers, health professionals and locality specific  programmes and other professional agencies as appropriate.
  • Carry out regular internal Quality Audits at each nursery.
  • Attend staff meetings, parent evenings, open days etc at each of the nurseries as required and in agreement with the directors.
  • Ensure that the nutritional needs of the children are met through comprehensive menu planning and that Food Safety Regulations are complied with.
  • Be fully conversant with the childcare business with regards to maximising gross margin and profitability set against the need to maintain quality.
  • Liaising with the Nursery Manager’s and Directors to ensure that all aspects of the individual nursery marketing plan is actioned and delivered.
  • To work closely with the managers to ensure that all fees are collected at the appropriate times and to assist in managing any debts.
  • Regularly review and monitor occupancy levels to ensure they are maintained to maximum capacity and that ratio and conditions of registration are adhered to.
  • Ensuring that the budgets are observed, maintained and delivered.
  • To oversee resources, purchase
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