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Vacancy: Deputy Manager

Contract Type: Permanent, Term Time (38 Weeks per Year)

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8:00am to 4:30pm, Friday, 8:15am to 12:30pm

Start Date: September 2024, possibly sooner for the right candidate

Salary: Based on Experience & Responsibilities


Application Deadline:     Friday 1st March 2024

Interview Date:                March 2024



We have a vacancy for an experienced Deputy Manager for our preschool on the edge of Ware. SENCO experience, or an interest in training, would be advantageous.

Riverside Nursery School is a small pack away preschool based in a modern scout building on the edge of Ware, established in 2014. We are located between horse fields, Presdales Wood, and gardens. We have approximately 40 – 50 children on roll, with an average 20 - 30 attending each morning and 15 – 20 per afternoon. We accept children from age 2y to 4y 11m. We currently have 3 full time and 1 part time Preschool Assistants, and 1 full time apprentice. We are open from 8:30am for breakfast club, and 9:15am for the standard preschool sessions. We close at 4:15pm. (12:15pm on Fridays).


The deputy manager will need to be confident to support the manager with:

  • Safeguarding, SEND and behaviour management
  • Ensuring Safeguarding and Health and Safety standards are met and policies followed
  • Staff Management; including day to day deployment, staff meetings, and staff supervisions and appraisals.
  • Liaising with Parents and external agencies, e.g., for SEND or Safeguarding.
  • Key Group management and supervision of staff
  • Counted in ratios, with your own key children
  • Curriculum Planning; long term and short-term planning
  • Managing the learning environment, e.g., room layout, displays, overseeing pack-up of the room
  • Admin on ‘Tapestry’, adding parents and children etc (Online Learning Journals)
  • Ordering / buying resources and supplies, sticking to a budget
  • General admin e.g., Keeping registers up to date, resources for room management, etc

The Deputy will should be able to step into the manager position when the Manager isn’t available.


You will be supported by a Senior Manager who is responsible for (and which you therefore won’t need to do); Finance, Funding, Wages, HMRC Reporting Duties, Training, Marketing, HR/Recruitment, and Admissions.


We are a friendly, supportive, and relaxed team. We know that our staff are our most important asset. We know that working in Early Years can be tough and do our best to ensure that everyone is supported and that workloads are managed. We encourage professional development and can support you to access further training. If you have any questions about the posts above do not hesitate to contact me.


Contact: Natasha Smyth (Senior Manager),, 07507058922


Please email your CV and a covering letter to


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We are always looking to build our network of bank staff to cover staff absences and busy periods. We are looking for experienced practitioners who can be available at short notice. If you are interested please email your CV and a covering letter to

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