Nursery Manager – Petra’s Place Nursery and Therapy Centre
Petra Ecclestone Foundation
Fulham Road, London, UK
Nursery Manager – Petra’s Place Nursery and Therapy Centre
Petra’s Place is a Nursery and Therapy centre located on Fulham Road.
We are currently operating as an Early Intervention Therapy Centre for children under the age of 5 with autism and developmental delay. As part of our continued growth we will be offering a 26-place nursery for children with Special Needs in early 2020. We will specialise in autism although welcome children with developmental delay and associated needs.
We are looking for a dedicated and friendly Nursery Manager. The individual would work alongside our Clinical Director and Operations Manager to set up and manage the new nursery offering at our existing premises on Fulham Road. We would be looking for the successful candidate to join the team as soon as possible to oversee the set-up of the nursery along with staff training prior to opening our doors early 2020.
The nursery building is situated at 262 Fulham Road SW10 9EL, a 10-minute walk from Fulham Broadway station. We will take approximately 26 children between 2 - 5 years. The building was newly renovated in 2018 and custom built to meet the needs of Children with Special Needs and includes a small outdoor playground.
The role would be 45 hours per week (8am - 6pm)
Initial holiday entitlement of 28 days PA
We operate a 3 month notice period.
Person Spec (Required)
Minimum NVQ Level 3 or above.
Experience of working with children with Special Needs
Fluent in Spoken & Written English.
Dedication to maintain an environment which fosters continuous improvement.
Willingness to go the extra mile.
Ability to manage a team of people.
Person Spec (Desired)
A minimum of one year’s management experience.
Willing to commit to the position long term.
Benefits for Staff.
Competitive salary (based upon experience)
Regular performance-based salary reviews.
NEST Pension Scheme.
Opportunities for training.
Funded DBS, Paediatric First aid, Safeguarding and other relevant online training courses.
This will be a largely floor based position, modelling best practice to staff, monitoring children's progress, liaising with parents; managing the team and ensuring general smooth operations. main responsibilities include:
To report regularly and maintain open communication with the Senior Management
To help ensure the nursery meets all OFSTED requirements.
Responsibility for the daily running and administration of the nursery whilst adhering to the Policies & Procedures, ensuring compliance with the Children’s Act and Health and Safety legislation, all within the requirements and guidelines laid down by Ofsted/CSIW and the National Standards.
Ensuring confidentiality is maintained in the nursery.
Offering all children equal opportunities with regard to their religious persuasion, racial origins, gender, disabilities, cultural or linguistic background
Ensuring effective staff recruitment.
Supervision of staff and students, conducting regular staff assessments, recognising training needs, monitoring training and developing teamwork.
Organising regular staff meetings and in-service training.
Care and supervision of the children with regard to their physical, emotional and intellectual needs.
Ensuring that all children’s individual needs are being met within the setting and that all children are making expected progress.
Supervision of the planning and preparation of activities to develop all aspects of the child's individual development in a stimulating atmosphere.
Ensuring developmental records and observations are kept.
Ensuring that the preparation, care, cleanliness and maintenance of the nursery playrooms, kitchen and equipment are carried out according to the Policies & Procedures and risk assessments.
Liaison with parents and negotiation of working targets ensuring effective communication within the nursery.
Ensuring a tier system of management is in place and that duties are delegated fairly. Maintaining staff ratios and ensuring staff are deployed effectively to carry out all necessary duties.
Keeping and monitoring accident, incident and risk assessment records.
Arranging and attending regular parents' evenings, publicity, open weekends and children's outings and ensuring effective marketing.
Supporting staff in becoming reflective practitioners and fostering an environment with a sustained capacity for continuous improvement.
Conducting meetings with parents and key workers relating to transitions, children’s progress and behaviour management.
Ensuring the effective and regular removal of waste materials to the designated store and ensuring regular collection of that waste.
Any other duties appropriate to the post as directed by the Area Manager and Managing Director.
Any other duties required to ensure the running of the nursery that may arise.
Please note: We undertake safeguarding checks on all our workers in accordance with the DfE statutory guidance 'Keeping Children Safe in Education'. As part of these checks, we require a current Enhanced DBS Disclosure for everyone working in schools. If you do not have a valid subscription to the DBS Update Service, we will require you to complete a new DBS application as part of the registration process
Petra’s Place is a wide-ranging therapy centre for children with autism and other co-occurring conditions. We use state of the art, scientific evidence-based approaches to help children with autism manage their anxiety, sensory and other issues to be happy and fulfil their potential.
We provide interventions and support that can make a real difference, before a child starts school. The aim is to help children become school-ready. All activities at Petra’s Place are overseen, approved by child development and medical experts and evaluated by researchers at the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University.