Basically a nursery manager or a preschool manager is in charge of the day to day running of the nursery. Nursery managers will have to manage and also support their staff while making sure that the place they are working is clean and safe for all the children in their care, making it a great environment for children learn and grow. So if you love children and want a job that offers job satisfaction with lots of responsibilities then this could be the perfect career choice for you.
To become a nursery manager you’ll need good leadership and also communication skills. You will also need good business skills and a good understanding of child protection, education issues and also early years care.
In order to become a nursery manager you’ll need a minimum of a nationally recognised Level 3 childcare qualification and also two years previous experience of working with children.
What do nursery managers do?
Nursery managers provide a day care service to babies and young children from birth up to the age of 5 years of age. A nursery manager has many duties throughout their working day including, creating a safe environment while making a stimulating environment for them that will promote learning through play. You will also supervise activity planning making sure that all the children’s requirements are met.
You will be working closely with the children’s parents and will give them regular reports on their children. You will work with colleagues and many other professionals making sure that the children’s requirements are met. It is also your responsibility to make sure that equipment including toys and furniture are in good condition.
As a nursery manager you will also have business responsibilities including, recruiting suitably qualified experienced staff, developing and supporting the nursery team, you must also manage the nurseries budget, arrange publicity and marketing materials, maintain child and staff reports and create management reports. You must run the nursery in line with health and safety, fire and environmental regulations.
You as the nursery manager will be working closely with the owners of the nursery and also the local authority.
What hours do nursery managers work?
Nurseries can be open from 7am in the morning up until 6pm in the evening, so you will be working up to 8 hours per day. Some places are also open on Saturdays. Certain times you may have to work later also during parents evenings.
How much do nursery managers earn?
A nursery manager can earn between £22,000 and £30,000 a year. Deputy nursery managers can earn £18,000 to £22,000 a year with nursery room leaders earning £14,000 to £18,000 a year.
What qualifications do you need to become a nursery manager?
In order to become a nursery manager you’ll need to have a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification and also two years of previous post qualifying experience with working with children.
There are many nationally recognised qualifications including, Level 3 Diploma for the children’s and young people’s workforce, Foundation degree or HND in an early years related subject and also a degree in early years, child development or childcare.
For you to be included in the staff to children ratio your qualification is required to be “full and relevant” this basically means that it meets with the required standards.
Once you qualify to become a nursery manager you can then if you wish to continue with your studies to go even further by training up to degree level, for example a level 4 qualification in an early years related subject, Level 5 Diploma, a foundation degree and also a degree in early years, child development and childcare.
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That’s it for now I hope this information on nursery managers has been of great help to you, it really is a very worthwhile career choice with plenty of prospects once you qualify. If you love working with children it is the ideal choice, so let me wish you the best of luck with your studies in becoming a nursery manager.