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12 May 2023

Woodland Play Ltd

Woodland Play Ltd

Nursery Manager

East Renfrewshire

We are looking to recruit an energetic, motivated, and forward-thinking Nursery Manager to join our early learning team at our fabulous outdoor setting. 

You will be required to work as an enthusiastic, effective member of an early year’s team supporting, leading and motivating staff. 

Our vision is to provide a fully outdoor nursery within the NTS grounds of Greenbank Gardens. We aim to work with 3–5- year-olds and their families to develop an appreciation and ownership of the natural environment and the ability to understand and enjoy the adventures and challenges that outdoor learning offers, following broadly forest school principles. You will be an innovative educator who will work in partnership with the local authority and the community to lead and develop the service and develop intergenerational learning and shared opportunities. 

The successful candidate should hold level 9 Childhood Practice qualification or be willing to work towards this. In addition, we require you to have significant managerial experience, able to embrace the challenges of an outdoor setting, and committed to ongoing professional development. We would also prefer you to live locally or within an easily commutable distance. 


  • Attends and contributes to monthly Managers Meetings, and ERC meetings. 

  • Undertakes any other duties within the scope of the post required. 

  • Maintains a flexible approach to the work of the nursery in response to the needs of children, families, and staff. 

  • To conduct work in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way in keeping with the natural ethos. 

  • Staff management and development. 

  • Leads and manages a team, motivating them with a shared sense of direction, pride and energy. 

  • Leads recruitment and overall management of all childcare and other staff, including staff rotas and chairing staff meetings as appropriate. 

  • Liaises with Owner and Admin Assistant on HR-related issues. 

  • Monitors and self-evaluates the service to ensure effective learning and teaching and continuous improvement. 

  • Identifies staff training and development needs and ensures these needs are met. 

  • Plan, manage and implement one-to-one meetings and appraisals with Depute Manager and Team Leaders and Admin. 

Operational Control: 

  • Leads the development and production of strategic plans, activity schedules to the highest standard to always ensure the smooth running of the nursery. 

  • Keeps abreast of changes in nursery and outdoor learning regulations and legislation. 

  • Ensures the required standard, ratios and conditions of registration are always maintained. 

  • Ensures that the nursery’s procedure on Child Protection is adhered to liaising with the Owner and local Social Services as required. 

  • Ensure that the whistleblowing policy is disseminated, understood, and used if required. 

  • Ensures the highest standard of safety and security within the nursery. 

  • Establishes all appropriate emergency procedures. 

  • Responsible for health and safety issues within the nursery, always ensuring compliance with the company’s Health and Safety Policy and procedure. 

  • Operates the high levels of cleanliness and hygiene within the nursery. 

  • Works with the staff team to ensure food supplied is healthy and nutritious and caters for all dietary needs and meets the most recent government guidelines. 

  • Is responsible for the day-to-day management of the premises and services, liaising with Owner to ensure essential repairs and maintenance of the setting are carried out. 

  • Manage budgets with the support of the Owner and Admin Assistant to project spend, income generated and identify new income generation opportunities in partnership with the Owner. 

  • Curriculum development and good childcare practice. 

  • Ensures that the planning and organisation of quality educational provision is carried out to meet the Realising the Ambition and Curriculum for Excellence documents, without losing sight of the Forest School principals and ethos. 

  • To develop and implement initiatives that support children ensuring their individual needs are met within the group setting. 

  • Work in partnership with your team to deliver the Social Care Standards and educational programme to a high standard on an ongoing basis, considering any equality and diversity requirements. 

  • Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of the curriculum provided and identifies areas for development. 

  • Ensures that all individual records of children’s wellbeing and educational developmental progress are kept up to date. 

  • Ensures the implementation of support plans in conjunction with other services where required for any children with additional support needs. 

Parental Involvement: 

  • Managing relationships and sharing information. 

  • Supports and maintains the Parent Council to have input into the development and running of nursery schedule. 

  • Builds strong parent/carer relationships through day-to-day liaison with parents, resolving any issues or complaints as they arise. 

  • Encourage the involvement of parents/carers at all levels in the work of the nursery, including regular reviews of children’s progress. 

  • Delivers childcare in a way that meets parents’ needs and works in partnership with them providing high levels of customer care at all times. 

  • Liaison with outside agencies and other parties. 

  • Develop links and a close working relationship with the local authority and ensure that the nursery receives all information and support available, and engage with other agencies projects and staff, and exchange learning and opportunities where possible. 

  • Develops working relationships with other nurseries and other childcare organisations to ensure that provision of care is as high quality and innovative as possible. 

  • Maintain strong and positive relationships with Care Inspectorate. 

  • Develop a good collaborative relationship with schools in the local area. 

  • Maintains strong positive relationships with the nursery’s neighbours, quickly resolving any difficulties that arise. 

Equal Opportunities: 

Carry out all responsibilities and duties of the post with due regard to the companies Equal Opportunities policy. 

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent 

Salary: £23,000.00-£32,000.00 per year 


  • Casual dress 

  • Company events 

  • Company pension 

  • On-site parking 

  • Sick pay 

Schedule: Day shift, Monday to Friday, No weekends 

School type: Private nursery school 

Ability to commute/relocate: Glasgow, G76 7QW: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (preferred) 


Nursery Management: 1 year (required) 

Childcare: 3 years (preferred) 

Application deadline: 23/06/2023 

Expected start date: 15/08/2023

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