Job Description

Nursery Manager

New Milton

Monday to Friday – Full time hours

Salary: £31,000 to £36,000 per annum

Our Benefits

  • Career progression opportunities
  • Employer pension
  • 25 days holiday FTE, accruing an additional day for each year of service up to 30 days
  • Additional leave to purchase
  • 50% discount on nursery fees
  • Day camps discounts: 1 week free and 1 week at 50% per child per annum
  • Campsite and activities discounts at YMCA Fairthorne Manor
  • 30% discount on food
  • Wellbeing assistance programme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide outstanding leadership and operational management in line with the YMCA Way
  • Maintain an exciting and inspirational child-led, play-based environment utilising the outdoors as much as possible
  • Manage, recruit, train, support and inspire an outstanding staff team able to meet the needs of all children in our care
  • Manage the nursery as a business, contributing to the writing and monitoring of an annual budget and implementing marketing and sales plans to achieve income and occupancy targets
  • Follow the YMCA pedagogy and curriculum, using systems to monitor children’s progress, share information with parents and plan activities to support each child’s development
  • Maintain staffing ratios at all times
  • Maintain full regulatory and legislative approval, including meeting Ofsted, Environmental Health and Health and Safety requirements, this includes seeking an Ofsted grade of ‘Outstanding’
  • To ensure compliance with all YMCA policies and procedures. These include Child protection, Health and Safety, Human Resources and Financial policies


  • Hold a minimum level 5 Childcare qualification, or hold an excellent understanding of child development and be willing to study towards a level 5 and/or 6 qualification
  • Minimum 3 years of leadership experience in an early years setting
  • Evidence of achieving high quality of care, over and above that required by EYFS
  • Hold level 4 safeguarding qualification or willingness to work towards
  • Ability to work to budgets
  • Good IT working knowledge, including Windows, Word, and Excel (training will be given on nursery software)
  • First aid qualification (or willingness to train)
  • Skills in mentoring and coaching staff and students

Early Years Setting

In all YMCA settings, children’s needs come first. Children are cared for and nurtured; supported to challenge and develop themselves, and most importantly allowed to play and enjoy their childhood. We believe children learn best through play, particularly using the outdoor environment. We aim to provide a secure and stimulating environment where children can develop emotionally, intellectually, morally, physically, and socially, at their own pace. Staff use the “YMCA Way” to ensure every child secures the very best outcomes and staff are able to excel.

Please apply now for this rewarding position and be part of an amazing charity who continue to support and achieve wonderful things within the community.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £31,000.00-£36,000.00 per year


  • Additional leave
  • Canteen
  • Childcare
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee discount
  • Enhanced maternity leave
  • Free parking
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • On-site parking
  • Sick pay


  • Monday to Friday

School type:

  • Day nursery
  • Preschool


  • Nursery: 3 years (preferred)
  • Management: 3 years (preferred)

Work Location: In person

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