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Nursery Manager - Learning and Teaching

The Old Dairy Farm Nursery are looking for a passionate, motivated and inspirational Nursery (Learning and Teaching) Manager to lead and maintain an exciting child led approach to education, inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach.

They will report to the Nursery Director and work closely alongside the Operations Manager.

ODFN is a family run nursery, set on our own working farm. We have a large garden with chickens, an edible garden, outside play facilities and a forest school located in our nearby woods.

The Nursery Manager will have responsibility for the day to day running of the nursery, coordinating the Pedagogy across the nursery, creating an inspiring and beautiful environment which serves as a third teacher in children’s learning.

You must have excellent communication skills and be able to effectively lead a team of people, teach, train and develop their teaching skills, ensuring good practice, evidencing and displaying learning outcomes through effective documentation of children’s thinking and learning process.


  • To ensure all elements of the nursery are running smoothly and children, parents and staff’s needs are being met.

  • Ensure that Nursery Policies and Procedures are maintained, that children, parents and the staff team work together at all times to provide high quality childcare.

  • To be the settings DSL; monitoring any safeguarding issues following local authority procedures.

  • To be the named person and ensure that the nursery conforms to and exceeds the requirements of Ofsted.

  • To ensure that the nursery consistently meets the requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage to a minimum good standard.

  • To be responsible for implementing systems of observation and record keeping so that children’s attainment and progress are effectively and regularly assessed; to monitor the effectiveness of assessment procedures on Famly and ensure tracking and observations are kept up to date.

  • To organise the key person system and to effectively supervise staff on a daily basis; to be responsible for monitoring the quality of teaching;

  • Manage own time to complete tasks effectively, prioritising workload and delegating tasks. Monitor and evaluate progress of delegated tasks, providing constructive feedback.

  • To contribute and participate in the development of new ideas.

  • To keep up to date on all current childcare issues.

  • To actively welcome new enquiries and visits from prospective parents.

  • To manage daily communication with nursery parents, answering queries and offering re-assurance when necessary.

  • To implement and maintain the company’s Equality policy ensuring that children, parents and the staff team are valued, and practice is positive and non-discriminatory.


Applications must be made via a specific application form.

Old Dairy Farm Nursery is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  All staff are expected to share and support this commitment and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including 3 references/ checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service.

  • Monday to Friday –  41 hours per week –  negotiable

  • Salary depending on qualifications and experience 

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