Job description


Nursery Manager (11854)

  • Salary:
    £37,485 per annum
  • Directorate:
    Developments Spring
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent Part Time
  • Closing Date:
    17 April 2024
  • Number of Roles:

Role: Ref 11854 - Nursery Manager

Location: Kinloss, Forres, Morayshire

Salary: £37,485 per annum (pro-rata)

Contract: Permanent Part Time - 37 hours per week

Closing Date: Midnight on 17th April 2024

Benefits: Annual leave of 28 days plus public holidays, gain professional qualifications with excellent training and development opportunities, flexible maternity/adoption/paternity packages, a pension with a up to a 7% employer contribution rate (plus, if you pay in to the pension you will receive life assurance cover), staff discount portal with your favourite brands, Blue Light Card eligibility with 15,000 discounts from national retailers. For more information check out our career's 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

Spring offers award-winning childcare services, as part of the national charity Action for Children. 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 focused on enabling young people to learn, have fun and make friends in our bright, engaging settings. That starts with creating a happy environment for our team.

Join us and you can look forward to:

  • A kind, caring culture with an emphasis on wellbeing, both physical and mental.
  • Flexible working – wherever possible we offer flexibility on hours and/or hybrid working.
  • Lots of opportunities for training, learning, development, including gaining qualifications.
  • Excellent benefits that compare favourably to other employers in our sector.


The role

Spring Kinloss Nursery provides high quality early learning and childcare experiences for babies and young children from 4 months to 5 years, registered to care for up to 100 children. A large purpose-built centre which includes bright, well-resourced rooms for babies, toddlers and pre-school children. The Nursery is registered to care for up to 100 children. There is an enclosed garden area that allows all children to explore, investigate and extend their learning.

We're looking for an enthusiastic and pro-active Nursery Manager to join and lead our team at Spring Kinloss to provide a safe, caring, fun and stimulating environment. You'll provide the highest standard of leadership and form strong and supportive relationships not only with your team, but also to our parents and children. 

You'll be responsible for the day-to-day running of the nursery and work to develop, oversee and manage high quality, child centred provision of early learning and childcare for children aged from 4 months to five years. Providing a direct management of your team of staff, together you'll promote and establish a working environment which the emotional, physical, social, psychological, physical, developmental and educational well-being of children is paramount.

Some other key responsibilities of your role will be; 

  • Actively engaging in marketing and advertising in order to develop an excellent reputation for the nursery. 
  • Supporting the development of an innovative approach to children's learning and play that is demonstrated by teams working well together within the setting.
  • Overseeing the recording and reporting of planning, observation and progression for all children whilst using Curriculum for Excellence, and Realising the Ambition
  • Include a full and thorough assessment of the setting against the Health and Social Care Standards, Care Inspectorate Quality Framework and How good is our early learning and childcare (HGIOELC) self-evaluation documents.

The way we work
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.

Let's talk about you

  •     Must hold, or be working towards, BA Childhood Practice
  •     Leadership and 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.
  •     Leading a staff team, including supervision, work allocation, assessment or training and professional development
  •     A thorough knowledge and understanding of the Curriculum for Excellence, Realising the Ambition, HGIOELC, Health and Social Care Standards, Care Inspectorate Quality Framework
  •     Thorough knowledge of GIRFEC and 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.

Whether this is a career change for you or the next step in your journey, we'd love to hear from you.

We work together to reach our mission to give children a healthy start in life.

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


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

At Spring Kinloss we're dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within the organisation. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups.

Male staff are often under-represented within this sector and we would like to encourage more male applicants for our roles.

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.


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 our Recruitment Partner Lynn Kelly on

 We'll be happy to give you any support you require.


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