What is a Nursery Manager?

April 1st, 2024

Working as a Nursery Manager is a highly rewarding experience that comes with big responsibilities.

Here’s all you need to know about becoming a Nursery Manager at a Partou Nursery.

At Partou, we strive to develop and empower our staff so that they can continuously deliver outstanding outcomes every day. Here’s all you need to know about becoming a Nursery Manager at one of our nursery settings.

What does a Partou Nursery Manager do?

As a Nursery Manager, you’ll play a key role in helping recruit, supporting and training all staff members in the team. With your team, you’ll ensure that all children attending the setting are kept safe and enjoy play experiences that are appropriate for their age and development.

The position comes with many responsibilities. One of your main roles as a manager will be to manage the day-to-day running of the nursery effectively, such as taking care of financial operations.

You’ll also have to ensure that all legislation is complied with. This includes registration with regulatory bodies, special needs, child protection, Health and Safety, and Food Safety. Making sure that company policies and procedures are adhered to is also important.

Key responsibilities of a Nursery Manager

As a Nursery Manager for Partou, you will be running a business but also working closely with children and their families.

This is what makes the role so unique and rewarding; you’ll get the satisfaction of growing a business whilst building human connections and seeing the children develop. Here are some of the responsibilities you can expect to have in the role:

  • Build and encourage relationships with parents/carers and other family members.
  • Manage the occupancy to ensure it shows growth and meets the business aims.
  • Supply accurate monitoring information including occupancy overviews and competitor analysis.
  • Stay on top of current developments in childcare and education policies and practices.
  • Maintain high standards of hygiene and cleanliness in the nursery.
  • Manage, monitor and control budgets.
  • Maintain petty cash systems.
How to become a Nursery Manager

To become a Nursery Manager, there are a few things you need to know.

You’ll need to have a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification in childcare as well as roughly two years’ post-qualifying experience of working with children. Ideally, you’ll have some supervisory experience that would also be useful. A recognised qualification must be ‘full and relevant’ which means it meets certain standards set out in law.

There are numerous full and relevant qualifications. Some examples include:

  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce
  • Foundation degree or HND in an Early Years related subject
  • Degree in Early Years, childcare, child development or related subject

If you do not have a full and relevant award at Level 3, you will need to complete a Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification to be counted in the staff-to-children ratios at Level 3.

We hope this guide has given you some insight as to what to expect as a Nursery Manager. If you’re interested in finding out more, head over to our Careers page.

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