Nursery Supervisor (Maternity Cover)


Management of the Nursery and Staff

  • To deputise for the Deputy Nursery Manager/Nursery Manager in their absence.
  • To ensure that nursery policies and procedures are adhered to by conducting regular internal audits/checks.
  • To act as Line Manager for the staff members in their base rooms.
  • To ensure that paperwork and documentation is consistent with the National Standards set by Ofsted and relevant educational and legislative frameworks.

Support for Children’s Learning

  • To lead the provision of a high standard of child-centred care and education.
  • To organise, supervise and deliver a range of activities that are designed to address the developmental needs of the children in their care.
  • To monitor the activities care and educational provisions delivered by the room team.
  • To act as a key-person for a group of children.
  • To complete and monitor cohort tracking for children.
  • To ensure that the long and short term plans in place address the needs of all children, including these with Special Educational Needs and English as an Additional Language.
  • To build caring relationships with the children and to promote positive behaviour in a consistent manner.
  • To complete regular observations on children and update assessment records as required.
  • To assist staff members in the completion of daily paperwork (registers, progress records, observations and assessments) and to ensure that the paperwork compiled meets the standards and is consistent with the   guidelines set by the DfES and OFSTED.

Support for the Learning Environment

  • To supervise the premises ensuring they remain clean, tidy, safe and secure.
  • Ensure the physical environment and resources on offer provide children with a variety of learning opportunities and meet the needs of children with Special Educational Needs and English as a second language.
  • Supervise the conduction of daily room checks and participate in the review of risk assessments.

Care and support for children

  • To assist children with the management of personal and social hygiene.
  • To participate in the implementation of Personal Education Plans and to liaise effectively with Area SENDCO and other external agencies/professionals in order to implement the Graduated approach and meet the needs of individual children.
  • To establish positive relationships with the children in their care and communicate effectively with parents through regular parent evenings and events.

General Accountabilities

  • To participate in meetings and facilitate events in the absence of the Manager/ Deputy Manager.
  • To organise and supervise nursery visits and settling sessions.
  • To lead the nursery team in the collection of evidence towards the implementation of relevant qualitative schemes.
  • Any other reasonable duties as directed by your Manager.

The postholder will receive direct supervision by the Deputy Nursery Manager but will be expected to exercise his/her initiative in running the Nursery rooms

The postholder may be required to undergo training.


Skills & Experience


  • Good standard of education (GCSE levels in Maths and English)
  • Experience of working in a senior position in a nursery, early years or other relevant educational setting for a minimum of two years.
  • Experience of monitoring and recording children’s development and progression.
  • Working Knowledge of the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (OSFTED).
  • Working Knowledge of the Foundation Stage guidelines for the Curriculum (EYFS).
  • Good communication skills.
  • Good verbal and written skills
  • Ability to relate and understand each individual child.
  • Ability to plan and organise activities and monitor long and short term activities and plans organised by a team.
  • Ability to meet children’s individual developmental needs.
  • Advanced Knowledge of health and safety standards operating in a nursery.
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as on own initiative.
  • Ability to establish effective collaborative partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, parents and professionals. Understanding and commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Care for the children in a warm and sensitive manner.


  • Advanced Baby Practitioner’s Diploma
  • Paediatric First Aid qualification.
  • Safeguarding Training
  • SEND Training
  • Early Years/Early Childhood studies degree or YET
  • Experience of working as a team member in a nursery environment.
  • Experience of working towards an internal qualitative scheme.
  • Experience of acting as a SENDCO.
  • Ability to play a musical instrument
  • Artistic skills (drawing, singing).


Additional Information

Rate of Pay: £21,530 (Pro rata)

Hours: 37 hours a week.

Holiday Entitlement: 27 days, plus Bank Holidays and Closure Days (Pro rata).

Duration: Fixed Term (Maternity Cover)

Location: Frenchay Campus, Bristol.


How to Apply:

Please download an Application and Equal Opportunity Form

Please return completed versions to

Application Deadline: Sunday 22nd of April 2018