1.Health and Safety
Monitor and ensure all agreed Company quality and safety standards are maintained in the nursery at all times.
Ensure care, maintenance and security of equipment and toys within the nursery.
Ensure the highest standards of safety and security within the nursery.
Ensure security systems are always fully operational and used properly by staff.
Maintain an accident log book and ensure all relevant reports are submitted e.g. RIDDOR.
Operate highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene within the nursery.
Establish appropriate emergency procedures.
Manage the administration of all medication within the nursery.
Undertake and maintain records of regular Risk Assessments
2.Leadership, Management and Human Resources
Daily operational management of the nursery in accordance with Snuggles Mission Statement and Policies, the Children Act 2004 /6 and other relevant legislation and all OFSTED Requirements, achieving "Good or Outstanding" at Inspection.
Ensure all weekly/monthly returns and reports are made to the appropriate bodies i.e. Payroll, Head Office, Milk Claim, HSE and OFSTED.
Ensure the maintenance of balanced menus for the children and that all food provided conforms to Food Safety regulations.
Ensure all nursery staff are trained, motivated, appraised and developed in a positive effective manner, taking account of Snuggles Policies and all statutory requirements to ensure that they fulfil the provisions of their job description, in line or better than lIP standards.
Ensure that the Nursery Administrator is fully inducted, trained in HMS and is delegated primary responsibilities; that the Nursery Administrator is managed and accountable to you, and you ensure the work they produce is accurate and timely before submission.
Ensure that all recruitment processes within the nursery comply with Snuggles policies, the Employment Legislative framework and OFSTED requirements.
Carry out all appropriate checks for new employees including scrutiny of their professional and personal references and gaps in employment. Maintain accurate personnel records for all nursery employees.
Liaise with the Director for support/advice with regards to disputes, discipline and grievances.
Liaising with our Employment Law Advice line, if and when appropriate.
Monitor staffing levels, ensuring the nursery is always appropriately staffed.
Ensure that appropriate levels of qualified/unqualified staff are maintained within the nursery.
Maintain a list of appropriate supply staff, be flexible enough to offer set contracts in order to staff the nursery during busy periods and preserve expenditure during the quieter months.
Organise regular staff meetings and appropriate training sessions to keep staff up-to-date on Snuggles Policies and OFSTED requirements.
Manage staff annual leave requests; ensure that staff holiday is taken and allocated were necessary throughout the year in line with Snuggles holiday procedure, ensuring that the nursery is adequately staffed at all times.
Ensure payroll returns are accurate and timely, including training hours and the reporting of absence through sickness and holidays. Undertake regular review meetings with staff.
It is the responsibility of the on site management to be responsible for all safeguarding issues that may arise. The safety, security and well being of children registered with the nursery is our utmost concern and must be dealt with on a professional, timely and a need to know basis.
Have due regard to safe recruitment, management, training and discipline of all nursery staff.
Ensure that all staff complete their Safeguarding induction and meet the safeguarding representative.
Action and monitor all safeguarding issues and that senior management are made aware of any serious concerns.
Ensure that staff understand their responsibilities for safeguarding and what to do in the event of a concern.
Maintain accurate and up-to-date records for all children (including attendance registers, accident / incident records, development files, medical information, emergency contact numbers having regard that these could be called upon by multi agency meetings or for information purposes for other professionals or completion of Common Assessment Framework documentation which is shared appropriately.
Invite all staff to attend monthly supervisions where they have the opportunity to speak freely about anything relating to their working environment including safeguarding and health and safety concerns.
Create a culture that encourages disclosure and an open working relationships free from discrimination or prejudice.
Monitor the day-to-day financial operations within the nursery and meet occupancy and financial objectives.
Have an understanding and manage the two, three and four year old funding.
Review and monitor occupancy levels to ensure they are maintained to maximum capacity.
Pro-actively market the nursery to meet these objectives.
Monitor the budget and expenditure in the nursery and ensure that agreed budgets are not exceeded. Be fully conversant with the childcare business with regards to maximising gross margins per room and age group. Monitor all staff costs closely to ensure they do not exceed budgetary provisions.
Maintain accurate accounts, including fee registers and collection. Manage the aged debt.
5.Early Years Foundation Curriculum
Formulate, operate and evaluate an annual programme of activities, suitable for the age range of the children, following the guidelines for the implementation of the EYFS.
Lead practice by role modelling to staff, spending significant periods working on the floor with the staff teams finding out what service is being delivered.
See the setting with a fresh perspective from the point of entry to the point of exit on a regular basis and monitor this reflection using the managers checks as a tool.
Ensure that staff understand the age group that they are working with and how to effectively monitor and record development for those children.
Assess the quality of the Key worker relationships within the setting and ensure staff understand the significance of building strong bonds and showing genuine interest in the children and families for whom we care for.
Help staff to complete the two year checks in a professional manner, oversee all checks for quality and to ensure that they are completed in time for the 2 year check.
Ensure staff plan for effective smooth transitions for children particularly that of moving to school aged 4 years. Work with schools and outside agencies to ensure children are given the best chances to be successful for all transitions that they encounter.
Train staff to support children engaging them as active learners who engage children to explore and challenge them to think critically for themselves enabling them to become lifelong learners.
Organise and attend regular parents' meetings and open days.
Manage any parents' complaints to ensure that any required action is taken immediately and respond to parent/s promptly following the company complaints Policy and Procedures.
Ensure parents adhere to Terms, Conditions and Booking Policies and receive all communication regarding changes to these a matter of priority.
Ensure that the first impressions of the setting are professional and lasting for parents and that these are maintained throughout the whole day.
Help staff to establish strong professional relations with parents and use innovative strategies to do so such as, social media, text and email, involvement in parents forum groups, fundraising and special visits all in accordance with Company Policy.
Always view feedback from parents positively and use any improvements made as a result for positive gain for the setting.
Ensure that all complaints are accurately recorded and uploaded to the relevant section of company web including Ofsted complaint record.
Ensure parents receive comprehensive updates on any progress of complaints and outcomes as necessary.
Provide opportunities for parents to share their views and to be involved in the system for rewarding staff effort.
Establish, develop and maintain professional working relationships with all relevant authorities, including the Local Authority, OFSTED and the DfE.
Develop relationships with and utilise the Early Years Partnership.
Encourage relationships with local schools, charities, involvement with community.
CPD Keeping up to date with current practice - courses, conferences, reading relevant magazines and books.
Developing Leadership and Management knowledge and qualifications in particular.
8.Ofsted and Local Authority Inspections
Ensure that required standards, ratios and conditions of registration are maintained at all times and exceeded where possible. Prepare the nursery for Ofsted inspections and action any recommendations made by Inspectors, liaising with the Director as appropriate, achieving "Good or Outstanding" for all areas.
Engage with quality standards schemes enabled by the local authority where it would benefit the service and children, work with early years to achieve the best standards on any quality inspections that they may carry out.
Ensure Ofsted are notified of any changes that affect the day to day running of the setting or compromise the registration conditions i.e. decorating/closed rooms etc.
9.Last and not Least
Work to make the setting a happy place for all involved with it and especially for the children.
All applicants will be required to complete an enhanced CRB Disclosure.