Nursery Manager Jobs

1. How to become a Nursery Manager? Nursery Manager qualifications
2. Nursery Manager Key Responsibilities
3. Nursery Manager Salary
4. Nursery Manager Career

1. How to become a Nursery Manager?

To be hired as a nursery manager, you must meet the following requirements;

  • Obtain clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service
  • Obtain a nationally recognized qualification, such as Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce.
  • Possess at least two years’ experience working with children.

It is important to note that the qualification you choose to pursue must be classified as full and relevant U.K. Department of Education.

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2. Nursery Manager Key responsibilities | Job Description

Childcare and Education

  • Promote high standards of quality within the nursery setting in respect of the environment, resources and experiences offered to children as a room manager.
  • Ensure that all children attending the nursery receive rich and stimulating experiences appropriate to their age and stage of development.
  • Ensure that practice and provision in the nursery meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage in the day to day running.
  • Ensure that children are kept safe and that staff understand and, when necessary, follow Safeguarding Procedures.
  • Promote and facilitate partnerships with parents/carers and other family members.
  • Support the development of good practice with regards to special needs and inclusion.
  • Support pre-school staff in delivering the Foundation Stage; ensure that provision in the nursery meets the requirements of the local EYDCP in relation to nursery education grant funding for three and four-year-olds.
  • Establish, develop and maintain highly professional working relationships with relevant Local Authority Departments, regulatory bodies and other agencies.
  • Create and maintain a culture of self evaluation and reflective practise throughout the nursery.

Health and Safety

  • Manage the day-to-day operation in order to ensure the health and safety of the children, their parents and carers, the team and any visitors to the nursery.
  • Adhere to all health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Be fully aware of all emergency and security procedures.
  • Be responsible for ensuring the nursery remains compliant in respect of suitably trained staff with relevant first aid qualifications.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that all staff receives Health and Safety training.


  • Manage staff costs with regard to budget projections.
  • Maintain accurate records and accounts for the nursery and produce management of the nursery information as required.
  • Control costs in line with agreed budgets.
  • Understand and utilise management systems and information to maximise commercial benefits.


  • Facilitate inspections by regulatory bodies and implement any recommendations, with the objective of obtaining an outstanding nursery.
  • Agree and deliver occupancy targets.
  • Ensure accurate reporting in respect to occupancy, quality, and standards.


  • Recruit, induct, support, train and appraise all staff to ensure delivery of high-quality childcare practice.
  • Develop a well-qualified and experienced team able to meet and exceed all relevant standards.
  • Identify training needs; develop training plans and evaluate training undertaken by staff.
  • Work in conjunction with Human Resources in disciplinary and grievance investigations and hearings.
  • Develop open and positive working relationships with staff.

Marketing & Customer Care

  • Proactively represent the Company and advance its interests in the local community.
  • Promote the nursery to current parents and potential customers.
  • Ensure that all staff develops and maintain friendly and professional relationships with parents and carers.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that all complaints and concerns are actively resolved in a timely manner and that these are reported to the Regional Manager.


  • Responsible for all administrative duties associated with the nursery, such as maintaining children’s records, ordering equipment, maintaining inventories and keeping personnel records.
  • Adhere to all Company policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that the Company’s polices on diversity and equal opportunities are adhered to.
  • Undertake any other duties as reasonably requested by line management.

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3. Nursery Manager Salary

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  • The average Nursery manager salary is £22,957. This is 33.3% below the national average advertised salary of £34,434.
  • Year-on-year pay for Nursery manager jobs has gone down 10.3% year-on-year, compared to an annual change of 1.0% for all jobs.
  • The number of Nursery manager job ads is 25.9% lower than last year, with 1,196 current vacancies.

nursery manager salary

SOURCE & STATS: Adzuna March 2019.
Salaries for nursery managers vary with their job position as shown below;

Job level Annual pay
Nursery room leaders £14,000 – £18,000
Deputy nursery managers £18,000 – £22,000
Nursery managers £22,000 – £30,000

SOURCE: National Careers Service

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4. Nursery Manager Career

Opportunities for Progression:

You could take a level 4 early years qualification or Foundation Degree by doing a course with a work placement or a work based course with on the job training and assessment. Your local college or training provider will be able to provide more information about training, qualifications, and funding.

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