Nursery Manager


We are looking for an enthusiastic, well qualified Nursery Manager to join the staff in the Early Years department at our thriving school and, with the existing team of professionals, to play a major role in expanding our nursery provision for children aged between 2 and 4 years old.

Location: Cambridge
Contract Type: Full time – Salary up to £26,000 per annum
Contract Term: Permanent
Employer: Oaks International School
Start Date: Immediate


Oaks International School (formerly Cambridge International School) provides an outstanding education for children from all nationalities. From the newly opened nursery, right through to Year 6, the OIS educational philosophy promotes creative thinking, self-motivation, curiosity about the world and the courage to take risks and not to be daunted by failures. Children at OIS are inspired to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses in order to learn how best to improve. It is believed that children are not defined solely by their academic abilities, but by their unique talents and personalities.

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Nursery Manager, who will lead the delivery of the Early Years curriculum within a British curriculum school environment. This post would be ideal for an experienced practitioner looking to broaden his/her professional and personal experiences. The post is for 50 weeks a year, to cover half term and holiday clubs. The school is closed for one week in July/August for the Cherry Hinton Folk Festival and one week at Christmas.
Oaks International School is proud to be a member of the International Schools Partnership (ISP). ISP’s vision is to be an international schools group of quality and scale, recognised across local communities and the education sector for amazing learning, ambition and growth. ISP is a focused, growing and financially secure group with 32 schools located in the United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico, Malaysia, the United States and the Middle East.
All ISP schools:
• help children and students learn to levels that amaze them;
• inspire children and students to be successful now and equip them to be successful later;
• are truly international, working in partnerships within and across region, cultures and languages;
• aim to be the first choice for children, students and their families, wherever we are.

Further information on Oaks International School and ISP can be found at
Interested applicants are welcome to contact Mrs Amanda Gibbard, Acting Head, for an informal conversation about the post on 01223 455192
Oaks International School and ISP are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Nursery Manager Job Description

Responsible to:
The Acting Head & the Head of Early Years

The Role:
To ensure all children attending OIS Nursery receive high quality care, are kept safe and are provided with planned and stimulating play experiences, which meet their individual needs and ensure their progress, and support all aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). In addition to childcare duties, the Nursery Manager is responsible for the day to day management of the playrooms, ensuring that the nursery’s operational objectives are met, in line with Nursery Policies and Procedures. He/she will be responsible for the staff working in both the Ducklings Nursery (2-3 year olds) and the Cygnets Nursery (3-4 year olds) in accordance with the requirements of the Children’s Act 2004, the local authority and OFSTED. The school will ensure that the Nursery Manager is given appropriate guidance and on-going instruction and training to be able to fulfil this role successfully.

Main duties:

Overarching principal
To lead the two nurseries, within the context of the whole school community, in providing a safe, caring and stimulating environment in which:
 Children will be able to develop and reach their full potential;
 Parents will feel welcome and confident;
 Staff will work in a happy, fulfilling environment, feeling valued and supported

1. Partnership working
• Work in close partnership with parents, carers, and other Early Years professionals (eg Health visitors and SEND advisors) to provide children with the best start in life, developing their independence, confidence and self-esteem, building their resilience, and ensuring their well-being.
• Assist with and attend meetings with parents and professional agencies, when necessary and as appropriate

2. Early Years Foundation Stage
• In line with the Statutory Guidance and Develop Matters for the Early Years Foundation Stage, ensure daily routines are adhered to and appropriate activities for children are provided.
• Keep all subsequent records up to date, including observations, assessments and evaluations, in order to plan individual learning experiences and monitor children’s progress effectively.

3. Key Persons
• Develop and maintain an effective Key Person system, ensuring individual children’s daily needs are met, and their physical, intellectual, social and emotional well-being is promoted at all times,
• Work with key Persons to welcome new families to the nursery and settle children, ensuring smooth transitions between rooms and in to school
• Ensure Key persons complete daily care plans and share them effectively and appropriately with parents

4. Children
• Understand the cultural, religious, ethical, or personal preferences of parents and children, and adhere to them where possible and appropriate
• Work with staff to assist children in personal care, and the development of life skills such as dressing, eating, and toileting, encouraging independence and appropriate social behaviour, as well as an understanding of personal health and well-being
• Ensure children have access to stimulating activities and learning opportunities on a daily basis, both inside and out

5. Staff
• Ensure staff are familiar and kept up to date with all policies and procedures with regards their practice, in particular current Safeguarding, and Child Protection issues and procedures
• Work closely with and manage the Nursery Staff effectively, including students, in order to maintain a proactive and professional team and provide an attractive, stimulating and reassuring environment for children
• Carry out effective staff appraisal and supervisions, ensuring any issues or complaints are dealt with promptly and professionally (following nursery policies and procedures), and supporting staff training and continued professional development
• Ensure staff are familiar with and adhere to nursery policies regarding personal health and hygiene, including dress code, sickness, punctuality etc

6. The environment
• Carry out all risk assessments as appropriate and necessary in all areas
• Expect and maintain acceptable standards of cleanliness, hygiene and organisation of resources at all times
• Ensure the environment is safe, stimulating and inspiring for children and staff, and inviting and welcoming to parents and visitors

7. Personal
• Be familiar with all key nursery policies and procedures, keep abreast of current issues in Early Years, and commit to on-going personal Continued Professional Development
• Ensure all policies, procedures and personal duties are understood and actioned appropriately with regards Child Protection issues and all areas of Safeguarding (including fire and emergency evacuation), and senior members of staff (including the DSL), informing parents as necessary.

School website:
Staff category
Support Staff
Closing date
Friday 01 March 2019
School name
Oaks International School Ltd
Acting Head – Mrs Amanda Gibbard
DfE school no.
Oaks International School Ltd Cherry Hinton Hall Cherry Hinton Road Cambridge
01223 416938
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