Job Description

The Role

We have a very exciting opportunity going in our New Nursery Opening Soon! We are hiring an experienced, passionate and enthusiastic Nursery Manager.

Why Us

As part of Monkey Puzzle Nursery Group you will be joining our caring, welcoming and supportive team. Our vision is to inspire change through excellence in childcare, creating a positive impact for generations to come.

For over 20 years we have been providing children the highest quality of care with unlimited opportunities to grow, learn, develop and flourish in our safe and secure environments.

People matter at Monkey Puzzle and as part of our team you will benefit from:

  • Continued opportunities for professional growth and access to our engaging online training platform
  • Healthcare benefits package
  • High street discounts
  • Childcare discount
  • £1000 refer a friend scheme
  • 2 annual training inset days
  • Company wide events

Why you?

  • You will be able to provide professional leadership and management of the nursery and its team
  • You will be able to successfully manage the day to day running of the nursery and deliver high standards of care and education to all children
  • You will be comfortable being responsible for keeping clear and accurate records and specifically writing clear objective observations
  • You have excellent planning, organisation, IT and presentation skills
  • You are a strong communicator and are able to motivate, manage and work productively with your team
  • You are able to identify training needs and develop training plans for your team
  • You will be comfortable recruiting, inducting, supporting, training and conducting appraisals for your team
  • You are able to work with parents, outside agencies, manage running costs, facilitate inspections by regulatory bodies and implement recommendations


  • Minimum full and relevant Level 3 Early Years qualification
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Safer Recruitment Training
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Food and Hygiene Level 2
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Minimum of 2 years recent experience of working in a Nursery/Preschool setting within a senior role
  • Excellent knowledge of the current Early Years Inspection Framework
  • Thorough Knowledge of and appreciation for child safeguarding and welfare
  • Strong understanding of health and safety and practical hygiene issues

Great to haves

  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Early Years Leadership and Management
  • Prevent Duty
  • FGM
  • Safeguarding
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • SENDco
  • Self-Regulation

Hear from one of our Nursery Managers

What fills your heart with happiness about your role?

Building relationships with the families and being a part of the children’s journey. Many of my previous pre-schoolers have come to me for work experience and I have just helped an 18-year-old girl get her first job, I was her key worker when she was just 3 years old!

How are you supported at Monkey Puzzle to develop and progress your career?

Myself and my team are always updating our knowledge through training courses sourced through Monkey Puzzle head office which most definitely is unique to any nursery I’ve worked at. We also have an operations manager who regularly comes out to ensure standards at the nursery are being met, this ensures we are consistently assessed and evolving.

What would you say to anyone with a choice of early years childcare as a possible career path?

It’s about how you play and interact with the children that matters the most. It is a rewarding career if you are in it for the children. You have to be a team player.

We can’t wait to hear from you soon!

Safeguarding Policy

In order to protect the public, the post you have applied for is exempt from certain provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. You are therefore required to disclose all and any past or pending cautions or convictions, whether spent or otherwise, unless it is either a “protected caution” or a “protected conviction” under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. All information provided will be kept in the strictest confidence and only used for the purpose of assessing your suitability for the post you have applied for.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: Up to £45,000.00 per year


  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Employee discount
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Referral programme
  • Store discount


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • No weekends

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Lightwater: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Application question(s):

  • Are you passionate about early years?
  • Have you had 2 years relevant experience in a nursery leadership role?


  • Full and relevant Level 3 Early Years Qualification (required)

Work authorisation:

  • United Kingdom (required)

Work Location: In person

Reference ID: MPDNGQNP1811

For more information:Nursery Manager Jobs |