Nursery Manager (Maternity Cover)

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
January 30, 2023
Offerd Salary:£41,659 - £47,672
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Contract Type:Fixed term: 12 month
Working Time:Full time
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Nursery Manager (Maternity Cover) Band 6

Main area

Taplins Childcare


Band 6


Fixed term: 12 months


Full time - 37.5 hours per week

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Southampton General Hospital




£41,659 - £47,672 pa

Salary period



30/01/2023 23:59

Interview date

Job overview

Are you passionate about inspiring and leading a team to deliver outstanding care and education to children aged 3 months- 5 years, and want to be part of a high performing nursery Leadership team? Do you want to develop your own skills as well as the skills of practitioners in your team?

Taplins operates two day nurseries supporting our local NHS staff, and being part of the UHS family means you will have access to great benefits such as generous holiday allowance, variety of shifts, and a discount scheme.

We aim to make each child's early education experiences positive and meaningful. Our children learn best in our warm, secure and caring environment, where they are able to experiment and have fun indoors or play in our generous outdoor space from 7am to 6.30pm. We have a reputation of meeting the needs of both children and their parents and offer the most solid foundation in those important first years.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation

What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Your Responsibilities

What you'll do

  • You'll role model, motivate, lead, coach, support and manage our teams to provide high standards of childcare and education ensuring compliance with the EYFS statutory framework, OFSTED regulations and the Children's Act.

  • You'll work with the Leadership and Management team in both Taplins nurseries to enable integrated working between the settings and deliver childcare of a consistent quality.

  • You'll be based at Southampton General Hospital at Taplins Day nursery.

  • What we're looking for

  • You'll need to be calm, kind and caring, with a sense of humour- we like our nurseries to be happy places!

  • You'll have a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and inspiring approach to leading a team and working with children and their families.

  • You'll need to be committed and reliable with a flexible approach.

  • You'll hold a degree in an Early Years Childcare related subject/ Early Years Practitioner Status, or equivalent sector experience alongside a Level 3 Early years Qualification,

  • You'll have experience of managing an Early Years setting, or be an experienced deputy manager with skills and aspirations to work at this level.

  • You'll have the ability to manage a large team and drive improvements in performance.

  • You'll be able to provide flexibility to work shifts between 0700-1830 Monday to Friday throughout the year.

  • Additional information

    Interviews will be held on Tuesday, 7th February 2023

    Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

    Person specification Qualifications / training required Essential criteria
  • Relevant degree, hold EYP status, or have a Foundation Degree. Or hold a full and relevant Level 3 Early Years Qualification (in accordance with https: // www. ). If qualified post June 2016, to also hold a full paediatric first aid (PFA) or an emergency PFA certificate
  • Up to date knowledge of current under 5's curriculum
  • Evidence of willingness to keep training updated
  • Good standard of secondary education
  • Maths and English GSCE/GCE grade C and above (or equivalent)
  • Desirable criteria
  • Current paediatric and/or first aid at work certificate
  • Current food hygiene certificate
  • Previous or relevant experience necessary Essential criteria
  • Recent previous experiences of working with 3 months – 5-year-olds within a childcare setting
  • Previous experience in teamwork
  • Management experience, within a childcare setting
  • Experience of managing and motivating a large team
  • Experience of managing a budget
  • Desirable criteria
  • Experience with children under 14 years
  • Aptitudes and skills required Essential criteria
  • Able to concentrate for long periods of time, which may include periods of interruptions
  • Ability to prioritise and meet deadlines within predetermined timescales
  • Professional approach throughout
  • Ability to motivate, lead and manage a large team
  • Ability to implement policies and procedures
  • Excellent knowledge of H&S guidelines
  • Innovative approach to childcare
  • Personal Qualities Essential criteria
  • Good judgement skills, with the ability to formulate solutions and act on own initiative
  • Ability to be sensitive, and a good listener
  • Displays ability to influence and persuade effectively
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with outside agencies
  • Flexible, adaptable, and able to work effectively
  • Ability to work under pressure, with accuracy
  • Special requirements of the post Essential criteria
  • Able to work shifts Monday to Friday between the hours of 7am to 6.30pm on a rota
  • Successfully complete DBS and Ofsted checks
  • Excellent, up to date, working knowledge of Ofsted regulations and curriculum
  • Sound knowledge of safeguarding processes
  • Able to work shifts Monday to Friday between the hours of 7am to 6.30pm on a rota
  • Values and behaviours Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

    For more information about our Trust

    Head to our careers portal where you'll find information about:

    - Our values and vision - Our services and teams - Benefits we offer our staff - UK professional body registration - Information about our city - Relocating to Southampton - Our fantastic staff and their work

    To find out what our staff think about working here, you may also wish to look at our most recent friends and family test and NHS staff survey results, or our latest CQC report.

    Getting to work - our travel promise

    Getting to work should be as easy as possible and that's why we have introduced the UHS travel promise – a commitment from the Trust that we will provide reasonable travel options for every member of staff. Every member of staff can apply for a permit to use our park & ride facility. Eligibility for on-site parking is dependent on the nature and requirement of the role. All staff can also access a range of discounted benefits relating to travel including reduced price bus tickets, purchase of salary sacrifice bikes and ultra-low emission cars.

    Our commitment to equality

    Equality remains at the centre of our policymaking, service delivery, and employment practice, giving all employees equal opportunity to develop, apply for promotions, and have working arrangements that enable them to achieve a manageable work-life balance.

    UHS actively promotes a work environment free from harassment and discrimination and provides training for managers and staff to ensure this happens. We also closely monitor recruitment activity, training, development, and employment practices to ensure equality of practice with regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status and age.

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    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

    Documents to download
  • Job Description (PDF, 222.5KB)
  • Person Specification (PDF, 234.7KB)
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    Anna Rixon

    Job title

    Senior Nursery Manager

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    07795 685987
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