Job description


Deputy Manager (7732)

  • Salary:
    Up to £25,749 per annum
  • Directorate:
    Developments Spring
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent Full Time
  • Closing Date:
    17 August 2022
  • Number of Roles:

Role: Deputy Manager

Salary: Up to £25,749 per annum

Contract/Hours: Permanent Full Time 40 hours per week 

Location: Winchester

Closing date: Midnight on 17th August 2022 

Perks: We have some of the best employment terms and benefits package in the sector, including generous leave entitlement, paid time off to deal with family emergencies and paid maternity leave – as well as lots of benefits to save you and your family money and to save for your future. Check out more on our careers portal.

We're thrilled that you're considering a career with Spring. Spare us five minutes, and we'll tell you what you need to know…

About Spring

We are proud to be part of the Action for Children family, a national children's charity and our success in Spring makes a difference. With over 150 years of experience in caring for children and young people, we are an award-winning quality and ethical provider. Any profit we make is aligned to support vulnerable children and young people in need across the UK, through the work of Action for Children. We believe all children deserve the best early start in life. It's our mission to be the best provider of outstanding quality early education to children throughout the UK, that is accessible to all. We are looking to learn, have fun and make friends in our bright and engaging settings.

The setting provides a warm and home from home environment where children will be encouraged to become independent learners. The large garden area allows children to benefit from free flow play enabling them to learn from the natural environment and partake in physical exercise daily. The curiosity approach and loose parts play is fully encouraged to enable children to become critical thinkers. Forest school sessions are also on the agenda with our forest school leader.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive Deputy Manager to assist in leading our team at Spring Worthy Down to provide a safe, caring, fun and stimulating environment.  Our Managers provide the highest standard of leadership to their teams and are supported to develop their leadership skills and abilities throughout their career with us.

Your Leadership Journey

We value our people and as a leader in our family you will be supported to be the best leader you can be. You will follow our 12-month flagship leadership development programme and also have access to funding to complete a management and leadership qualification while you are working with us – helping you to fulfil your potential and develop your leadership career with us. See our career progression map for more information on our roles. 

What you will need:

Our successful candidate will have an enthusiastic and pro-active mindset with a positive attitude and have the ability  to assist in leading a team to form strong and supportive relationships with the parents, children and the team. Our Job Description outlines the requirements of the role, but the ‘must haves' are:

  • Minimum level 3 qualification in Childcare or Early Years
  • Leadership or management experience, in a childcare setting.
  • Experience of working in a senior role within a nursery setting or centre working with children aged 0 to 5 years and their families.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the EYFS, Ofsted requirements and relevant current legislation.
  • Understanding of child protection processes, safeguarding and  working  with vulnerable children.
  • Commitment to inclusive and non-discriminatory working practice with children, families, colleagues and the community.

We work together to reach our mission to give children a healthy start in life. Given this and how having a diverse workforce enriches the lives of the children and young people we work with we are committed to Diversity and Inclusion and welcome applications from everyone. We value and celebrate the diversity of those that work with us and as an inclusive workplace we want all our current and future staff to feel able to be themselves in the workplace.

We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users; therefore, all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.

Good luck! We can't wait to hear from you.

Application process: There are 5 sections for you to complete, Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration – please refer to the JD and Person Specification when applying. We also want to know what unique qualities you can bring to help us reach our vision for children and families.

Talent pool: We're sure you've got what it takes to join our ambitious team. If you're unsuccessful this time around, we'd like to hold your details in case similar jobs come up that you might be better suited for. But, feel free to let us know if you'd rather we didn't do that.

If you need support with your application, please contact Shannon Neander on 01923 361518 or   We'll be happy to give you any support you require.

If you want to get to know us a little better, check out our socials on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook or Youtube.

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Spring - Worthy Down Station
Connaught Road, Worthy Down, Winchester, Hampshire, England, SO21 2RG
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Action for Children are committed to interviewing applicants with a disability or health condition who meet the minimum criteria for the job.

The aim of this commitment is to encourage positive action, encouraging people with a disability to apply for jobs and provide an opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities at the interview stage.

If you have a disability or health condition and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, so you have the best opportunity to demonstrate that you can do the job or wish to discuss how we will put in place any adjustments if you were to be successful, please email and a member of our team will be happy to help you.