Deputy Manager

£12.50 - £15.50 hourly
  • Acorn Early Years Foundation
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 05 Jan, 2024
Full time

Job Description

Acorn Early Years is a charitable social enterprise providing childcare and early education, operating day nurseries, forest schools, out-of-school clubs, and specialist early years catering and training services.  Our mission is to be an inspirational learning organisation and ‘Putting children first’ is the best way to sum up our ethos and everything we do. With a strong ethic of care, we prioritise building caring relations and a responsive approach in our dealing with everybody; in doing so, we are nurturing the social and emotional wellbeing of children and helping to build a more caring and connected society. 

We are looking for an exceptional Deputy Nursery Manager for our Hedgerows Nursery in Netherfield, Milton Keynes, working full time 40 hours, all year round. 

If you hold a full and relevant Level 3 or above Early Years qualification, are passionate about inspiring and leading a team to deliver outstanding care and want to be part of a high performing team this role could be perfect for you.

What you’ll be doing

  • Work in partnership with the Nursery Manager/Early Years team to lead the implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage (overseeing a holistic approach to the curriculum), including overseeing planning and record keeping
  • Held accountable for the daily running of the nursery ensuring that the nursery conforms to the Statutory Requirements, Ofsted compliance guidance and Acorn`s ethos and approach
  • Implement and maintain high standards of care for all children attending the nursery ensuring basic care needs of individual children are met
  • Develop the whole team by coaching, mentoring and being a positive role model
  • Provide effective leadership and support for the staff team
  • Oversee nursery administration, including bookings, invoicing and payroll
  • Deploy staff across the nursery, ensuring compliance is met at all times
  • Ensure a high level of well-being among children
  • Develop and maintain strong partnerships with parents/carers, as well as other professionals to meet the needs of each child
  • Promote the nursery to both existing and potential customers

What we can offer you

  • Guaranteed professional development and continued career progression plus four company training days each year
  • 65% Childcare discount at any of our nurseries or clubs
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Enhanced pension contributions
  • Up to £700 recommendation bonus, depending on position
  • Employee Assistance programme 

What we’re looking for

  • Full and Relevant Level 3 or above Early Years qualification
  • Experience within a Senior/Room Leader position or similar
  • Confident decision maker, with previous experience providing support and leadership to others to enable staff in fulfilling their roles and responsibilities
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of Safeguarding, Child Protection, and the wider legislative requirements for working with children
  • Ability to build trust and strong working relationships with both colleagues and parents
  • Ability to use a variety of techniques to clearly and successfully communicate with both children and adults

We look forward to receiving your application!

If you are interested, send a CV and covering letter to or call 01908 510309 for further information.

Acorn Early Years Foundation is committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and an enhanced DBS check will be required for this role.



Working at Acorn

As a thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to making Acorn a safe, nurturing and fun place for our children to be, we offer:

  • Payscales that are competitive, transparent and reviewed annually
  • Childcare discount – nothing should be a barrier to your career
  • Generous family leave – supporting you to support your family
  • Christmas closure – Santa doesn’t wait for anyone
  • 25 days of annual leave, plus bank holidays (and the option to buy more) – even superheroes need time off
  • 4 dedicated training days and individual development plans – investing in you for the whole journey
  • Enhanced pension scheme – not as far away as you think ?
  • Cyclescheme – helping you get back on the saddle
  • Techscheme – making a brand new laptop a little more affordable
  • Length of Service awards – time with us means treats for you
  • Summer and Christmas parties – all work and no play is a myth
  • Pay advances for when times are tough
  • Employee assistance wellbeing programme – because you matter to us

Nursery Name

Acorn at Hedgerows