Vacancy Position - Nursery Manager


Hamstel Nursery, Hamstel Infant School & Nursery, Hamstel Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 4PQ



Salary Range: Level 7, Points 21 to 27 £26,511 to £31,346 pro rata per annum


Hours of work:  37 hours per week, term time only plus INSET days plus 2 weeks


Start Date

4th January 2022


About the Role

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, highly organised and professional Nursery Manager for our large Infant and Nursery school. Hamstel Infant School and Nursery prides itself on being a child focused, caring, inclusive community; one in which all stakeholders views are valued. We are proud to be held in high esteem by our families and the local community and wish to share this valued position with the right candidate. The successful applicant will hold a relevant Early Years Level 5 qualification or above and it would be desirable to have had significant experience of Managing a Nursery environment. We are an inclusive nurturing school with excellent facilities for Outdoor Learning.


The main scope of the job will be:

To work in partnership with other adults in the Nursery to support social, emotional, educational and welfare needs of Nursery / Early Years children in line with early years goals, codes of practice and school policies and procedures. Duties will include:

  • To lead and manage our Nursery setting on a daily basis

  • Manage the work of Nursery Assistants and other adults to enhance pupils' learning.

  • Have a secure knowledge and understanding of the new Early Years Foundation Stage and Nursery Management.

  • Work in partnership in leading other adults in the Nursery to ensure statutory regulations are met. To lead in the social, emotional, educational and welfare needs of the Nursery children in line with the new Early Years framework, codes of practice, school policies and procedures.

  • Be responsible for all planning of learning opportunities.

  • Lead and organise Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for the Nursery Team.

  • Have the ability to manage a team and to have a strategic view over the whole Nursery.

  • Ensure the Nursery environment is safe, by ensuring risk assessments are carried out on a daily basis

  • Work directly with the Reception Leader in formulating systems and strategies for working across the EYFS.

  • Communicate sensitively and effectively with parents, carers and pupils.

  • Take part in Senior Management Meetings.

  • Have a secure knowledge and understanding of the new Early Years framework.

  • Have knowledge of how to use ICT effectively to support their professional role.

  • Provide a stimulating environment that promotes enquiry, activity and encourages personalised learning.

  • Report on pupils' progress orally and in writing for parents, carers, other professionals and pupils.

  • Arrange for the ordering and management of resources within the delegated budget.

  • Give guidance, support and encouragement to colleagues.


The successful candidate will ideally have: 


  • Significant experience of supporting children in the Early Years stages of education

  • Level 5 or above relevant to Early years or equivalent qualification

  • GCSE A-C/equivalent in English and Maths 

  • A caring, patient nature 

  • The ability to be flexible 

  • The ability to work well within a team and independently 


Information about the School

At Hamstel Infant School and Nursery there is always a warm welcome awaiting you in an environment that is both happy and safe. Our special motto is ‘We Care…’ and this is fundamental to everyone and everything we do. Our school is an inclusive, caring and vibrant educational learning space that has grown to five forms of entry with a Nursery of 48 full-time equivalent places.


We have a fabulous team of committed and enthusiastic staff, all of whom are supported by the excellent resources we have on a spacious site, with well-resourced facilities and the expertise to provide your child with unique opportunities for learning. We have a large team of highly dedicated professionals who are committed to guiding the children’s learning and development to enable them to reach their full potential. Our team uses a whole school nurture approach to guide children with their personal and social skills in order to prepare them for life-long learning.


We are a very inclusive school and pride ourselves in treating every child and family as individuals. We encourage all our children to achieve their best and grow into thoughtful, kind and considerate members of the school community and society as a whole. We take great pride in sharing our school’s many achievements and special awards to advance our skills and support others too


Closing Date: Monday 1st November 2021, 12 noon


Interviews: To be advised


For further details or an application pack, please contact Mrs Jenni Openshaw, HR Manager, Portico Academy Trust, Ronald Hill Grove, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 2JB


Telephone: 01702 987890 x310



We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS check.



Application Documents

Support Staff Application Form WORD

Support Staff Application Form PDF

Nursery Manager Job Description

Nursery Manager Person Specification


Application Email



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