Deputy Nursery Manager

Happy Days Nursery & Preschool in Falmouth is seeking a Deputy Nursery Manager!

As Deputy Nursery Manager you will play a vital role in helping us inspire the future for our children, by offering them the very best care and education using our unique curriculum “Where Children Shine” you will also support your room based colleagues, by observing, mentoring and delivering best practice and regulatory compliance.

You will also gain valuable experience in the commercial running of the nursery, by supporting the Nursery Manager to manage parent enquiries, tours and enrolments, budget management, staff rostering, and recruitment, staff performance and wellbeing.

Your roles and responsibilities as Deputy Nursery Manager would include –


  • Embodying our SHINE values (Support, Honesty, Inspiration, Nurturing and Empowerment) in everything you do
  • Supporting the Nursery Manager with effective running on the nursery by being organised, and have the ability to plan and prioritise your work
  • Being positive, confident and honest
  • Having great initiative and a “can do” attitude
  • Knowing and upholding our policies, procedures and established working practices
  • Holding a recognised level 3 qualification in childcare
  • Supporting, mentoring and coaching colleagues, through induction, supervision and appraisal
  • Overseeing the day to day running of the nursery in the absence of the Manager
  • Supporting with enquiries, tours and enrolments
  • Working in partnership with parents, managing queries, concerns and complaints and resolving them to a satisfactory standard
  • Supporting with budgeting, purchase and stock management

Outstanding Childcare

  • Being a “key person” for a group of children, ensuring that their care and development needs are being met at all times
  • Using our unique “Where Children Shine” curriculum to observe, plan and assess children’s learning opportunities
  • Understanding and implementing safeguarding, health and safety and welfare requirement policies and practices
  • Leading the quality delivery in your allocated room
  • Having a firm understanding of OFSTED requirements and the ability to lead (with support) during an inspection or regulatory visit

Working with Others

  • Be a dedicated team player, and valuing the experience and skills of your colleagues
  • Continually striving to work together to deliver the very best care and education for the children
  • Supporting colleagues with empathy and care
  • Acting as mentor to apprentices and other colleagues
  • Managing recruitment processes, interviews, and selection processes
  • Working with our Support Centre colleagues

We can inspire YOUR future by offering

  • Ongoing training, development and career progression opportunities
  • A supportive and nurturing management structure, who take pride in our team and our people
  • Family friendly working – with flexible working patterns and childcare discount,
  • Employee Assistances Programmes to support colleagues
  • 50% Childcare discount
  • Salary of £27,747.20 per annum

Our teams, whether in our nurseries or our support centre SHINE, they ensure we are delivering outstanding childcare to every child in our settings everyday, this helps to make Happy Days a great place to work. By ensuring we are always recruiting, retaining and promoting a diverse mix of colleagues, who are representative of the communities within which our nurseries sits gives us the best opportunity to continue to deliver outstanding childcare

“Happy Days Nurseries are committed to the safety and wellbeing of the children in our care, as such the successful post holder will be required to undergo a robust vetting process, including an enhanced DBS Check and Reference History Checks”


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