Nursery Manager – The Lodge Day Nursery

About Ipswich School

Closing Date: 30/09/2019
Interview Date: 07/10/2019

Required as soon as possible. 

The Lodge Day Nursery opened in January 2018 and offers full time, year-round care for children from birth to three years, and out-of-school care for children up to eight-years old.
Find out more about the Nursery by visiting our website:

The Nursery is housed in a beautiful Victorian building, which has been completely refurbished to incorporate three ‘age rooms’. The baby room and 1-2 year-olds’ room are interconnected, and the youngest children are able to sleep in their own cot in the sleep room.

There is a separate library area and a large kitchen, and the children are offered breakfast, a cooked lunch (prepared by our chef) and a cold tea.

The outside provision has an attractive all-weather grass area, tarmacked area and a beautiful veranda opening directly from the downstairs rooms.

We are seeking someone who will continually inspire and motivate staff to provide outstanding teaching and learning by overseeing the operation of the nursery to the highest standards, ensuring that the best possible environment and care are provided for young children.

The role includes office administration and finance of all nursery activities, the effective management of staff recruitment, the supervision of staff and completion of regular staff assessments. You will also supervise the planning and preparation of activities to develop all aspects of a child’s individual development in a stimulating atmosphere, whilst maintaining effective liaison with parents and ensuring staff are deployed effectively.

We offer high staff ratios and an excellent support staff team. 

You should have at least two years’ experience as Deputy Manager/Manager and at least a relevant Level 5 qualification.

This is a permanent post, subject to satisfactory completion of 12-month probationary period. 

The hours of work are: 8 hours per day, 5 days per week (a total of 40 hours per week) to be worked on Mondays – Fridays throughout the year. Please note there is some flexibility with working patterns, but the hours must be worked during the normal nursery opening hours   (7.30 am – 6.00 pm Mondays – Fridays). 

The starting salary for this post is likely to be £26,000 – £28,000 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience, and will be discussed at interview. 

The holiday entitlement for the post is 25 working days’ paid holiday per year (increasing to 30 days after 5 years’ service) plus public holidays.

After 3 months’ service and/or in line with workplace pension legislation, you will be auto enrolled into a defined contribution pension scheme. 

Staff are able to use the School’s swimming pool and fitness gym free of charge (in compliance with appropriate rules and regulations). 

Closing Date and Interview Arrangements – please note:

You can download a full job description and application form for this post using the links above, or call us for an application pack on 01473 408300.

Completed, handwritten, application forms, alongside a letter of application, outlining relevant experience and suitability for the post, should be returned by post/hand delivery to:

Mrs Amanda Childs, Head, Ipswich Preparatory School, 3 Ivry Street, Ipswich, IP1 3QW 
by midday on Monday 30 September 2019.  Please mark the envelope Private and Confidential.  

Please note we are not able to accept electronically completed application forms for this post. 

There will be at least a two stage interview process for this appointment.