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Preschool Nursery Deputy Manager Full Time

at Red Balloon Foundation London in London (Published at 16-05-2021)

Ready for a new challenge in 2021?

RBF is a third sector organisation working with churches, local authority groups, voluntary sector organisations, schools and individuals on a wide variety of projects primarily for and with children and young people and the adults who care for them. Our London team help deliver our projects across the capital.

We are delighted to be working with the unique church of St. Peter in the Forest to launch St. Peter's Preschool from September 2021 and we need a dynamic, imaginative and passionate individual to work alongside our Preschool Manager to ensure a successful launch of this new setting.

The intention at the moment is for the setting to be open from 8:45-3:15pm Monday to Friday up to 40-48 weeks annually based at the Peterhouse Centre, working with 3-4 year olds in a beautiful setting on the edge of Epping Forest with access to a large outdoor space and chances for 'forest school' style exploration of the woodlands themselves, all connected to a vibrant and growing church community.

Please note we will arrange interviews for this post as applications are received and reserve the right to close the application process early if we find the correct candidate before the advertised closing date so do not delay in making your application.

Title: Preschool Deputy Manager

Accountable to: Preschool Manager

Team: London Team

Based at: St. Peter?s Preschool, E17 3PW

Salary: £23-£26,000 depending on experience

39 hours per week // 40 or 44 Weeks PA (option for 52 weeks on request)

3 paid team retreat days in addition to 5.6 weeks leave

50% discount on up to two places at an RBF childcare setting which can be used by the post holder or gifted to a friend or family member

Start Date: Either July or August 2021.

With the preschool to launch fully from September 2021

The Role of a Preschool Deputy Manager at RBF

RBF Preschool Deputy Managers are expected to promote the personal, educational, creative, spiritual and social development of the children they lead a team in caring for, helping them reach their full potential. They lead in the creation a safe and supportive environment where children learn to treat themselves and others with kindness and respect, discover exciting new ideas and activities they are unlikely to experience anywhere else; places they can laugh, learn, experiment, make mistakes and thrive, growing into motivated, positive, resilient and caring citizens. They lead their team in engaging with the wider family unit, connecting with parents, carers and siblings, recognising that their work with the child will be greatly enhanced where it is integrated into the life of the child outside of the childcare setting. In addition, our Preschool Managers are part of nurturing the faith journey and wider spirituality of the children in their care, encouraging them to explore a range of systems of belief, including Christianity, and signposting them to opportunities to find answers to the questions that they have.

Specific day to day responsibilities would include:

· Support in the creation of an exceptional preschool care setting from scratch that will allow children to engage with the planned activities and the stunning natural environment of the unique St. Peter?s setting on the edge of Epping Forest, where all team members are well briefed and empowered to participate and that any visitor would identify as ?outstanding?;

· Work with the RBF Leadership and London teams to build a setting that is at the heart of the community and is at close to full occupancy at the point of launch;

· Assistance with the coordination of key elements within sessions including the effective delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage requirements, safe preparation and serving of food, the planning and delivery of an agreed curriculum of activities and the coordination and effective deployment of a team of assistants;

· Having meaningful conversations with children and their parents/carers daily, identifying issues affecting them and devising strategies for how their needs can be met;

· Taking responsibility alongside the Preschool Manager for preparation of all required resources and overall presentation of the delivery site;

· Helping ensure that the children?s learning and developmental outcomes are evaluated and reported in accordance with internal and external (OFSTED) expectations;

· Keeping registers, writing evaluation reports and contributing to risk assessments and other planning/strategic documents as required;

· Supporting, under the supervision of the Preschool Manager, on the delivery of tasks such as staffing rotas, resource procurement, menu planning, etc.;

· Actively developing and building strong relationships with all parents/carers along with supporting the Preschool Manager in liaising with external stakeholders such as schools, churches, local authorities, etc., along with participating in/creating appropriate local networks;

· Delivering activities that make the setting stand out as exceptional such as specially tailored activities, parties, charity weeks, attending/participating in local civic events, etc.;

· Staying informed on legislation, local and national issues and examples of best practice in the field;

· Ensuring safeguarding of all participants and team is paramount in all aspects of delivery alongside a strong focus on Health and Safety and Data Protection.

Additional Responsibilities common to the whole RBF team include:

· Regular and proactive communication with line/team managers and colleagues including attending regular meetings;

· Awareness of and adherence to:

o RBF, policies and procedures, working within their guidelines and where appropriate, implementing policy;

o Local Authority and appropriate partners? policies and procedures, working within their guidelines and where appropriate and implementing shared policy;

o Relevant legislation regarding activities undertaken.

· Engagement in the wider life of the organisation including participation in team social activities, fundraisers, retreats, etc., including using personal social media accounts and personal networks to promote the work of the charity;

· Always working in a flexible and co-operative manner and to undertake all such reasonable tasks as may be requested by the leadership of RBF outside the scope of our primary job descriptions for the good of the wider organisation and those it serves.

Personal Qualities Required for this Post:

1. Previous experience of preschool leadership in a paid context and appropriate childcare related qualifications.

2. A lifestyle which allows the candidate to act as a role model for our service users, inspiring them to engage in the activities delivered and in a lifestyle in alignment with Biblical principles as laid out in the RBF Code of Conduct.

3. Ability to enthusiastically deliver content and activities based on the Christian ethos and Statement of Faith of the Foundation even if this is not a faith which is personally held by the candidate.

4. Well organised and proactive, able to take initiative and organise day to day tasks as well as being willing to submit to guidance from those in positions of leadership.

5. Excellent communication skills with the ability to quickly establish positive relationships with children, adults and colleagues of different ages.

6. Ability to present facts, concepts and ideas lucidly and engagingly in verbal, written and visual form to children ? candidates must be able to hold the attention of a room of people, managing challenging behaviour effectively and sensitively, inspiring participants to think differently.

7. Positive about embracing challenge and change, open to experimenting, new ideas, reflective practice and working with other organisations in a spirit of partnership.

8. Friendly, cheerful, positive and self-driven, able to work independently and as part of a team with the ability to brief team members and volunteers effectively so everyone within a setting is positively engaged in tasks that need to be completed.

9. Confident knowledge of ICT and ability to set up projectors, research topics online, create presentations, etc.

10. Experience of organising events, coordinating projects and leading/managing teams.

11. Recognition that working in an organisation like RBF can be both physically and emotionally demanding due to the nature of some of the service users we encounter.

12. A believer in strongly supportive environments, sharing and being open with colleagues.

13. Ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds, including those who hold strong religious convictions and those who do not profess a particular faith.

Other Relevant Information:

1. Working Week: Monday ? Friday (Usual pattern is two full rest days)

2. Professional Support: RBF staff complete a mixture of training throughout the year, with everyonecompleting a series of core courses with additional personalised CPD opportunities

3. Location: Successful candidates will be primarily working at St. Peter?s Preschool (E17 3PW) but may be

deployed to other settings to assist with emergency cover, etc.

4. DBS & Probation: Appointments are subject to presentation of a satisfactory DBS certificate and a six month probationary period which may be extended at the recommendation of the candidate?s line manager

5. Progression: RBF staff are given regular opportunities to explore promotions within the Organisation to senior leadership roles and are supported to achieve up to graduate/post graduate level qualifications. Where St. Peter?s Preschool is successful, the trustees are open to opening further settings elsewhere.

Please note this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions they may have and any orders which have been made against them.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £23,000.00-£26,000.00 per year


  • Childcare
  • Company events
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee discount
  • On-site parking


  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
It is our sincere hope that by the time the first taster sessions are running COVID19 will no longer be a major consideration, but we have run childcare settings throughout the pandemic and all infection control measures are fully in place


  • Childcare: 3 years (required)

Work remotely:

  • No

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