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Join Us! VACANCY: Deputy Manager

Job type Part Time (22.5 - 30 hours p/week) (Term Time)

Shift and schedule Monday to Friday (8am  - 3.30pm) to start September 2024

Location Leatherhead, Surrey

Working Pattern Part time

Salary £13.60 per hour

Contract Type Permanent

Working Type On site in classroom

Closing Date 12th April 2024


Contact Ellie Pragnell

Chair of the Committee,

About us

Established in 1991 we are registered to take a maximum of 18 children per session between the ages of two and a half and five years old, providing high quality childcare and preschool education, giving priority to the development needs and happiness of our children and their families in a safe, nurturing and stimulating care environment. This is a fantastic opportunity to join an Ofsted rated ‘Good’ playschool and have a positive impact on our local children and community that we serve.

Set within the grounds of Polesden Lacey Infant School, we occupy our own classroom and have our own playground. We also have access to the wonderful facilities that the school provides including our own allotment and access to the Orchard.

Polesden Lacey Playschool is a charity organisation registered with the Charities Commission and run by a volunteer parent Committee. We really value the knowledge and experience of our staff team and are very supportive of new ideas, initiatives and suggestions being made. We are passionate about our environment and currently working towards our Plastic Free Nurseries Accreditation and would love to explore the possibility of including forest school as part of our curriculum. There is therefore the potential of forest school training, as well as career progression and management opportunities in the future for the right candidate. 

About the role

This is an exciting position for an enthusiastic, energetic and motivational Deputy Manager. You will be working with a dedicated team of practitioners in a caring, family friendly environment supported by an administrator and experienced volunteer committee.

  • To ensure the smooth day to day operation of the preschool, making sure it is done to a high standard.

  • Ensuring that all preschool policies and procedures are adhered to at all times

  • Monitor and manage staff, continually to improve practice and support the team.

  • As a deputy manager you will also be included in ratio's and have your own Key children.

  • You will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the curriculum, and will tailor this based on children's current interests and needs.

  • To ensure that the preschool provides a safe, caring, stimulating educational environment, both indoors and outdoors, at all times.

  • To ensure the preschool meets Ofsted requirements at all times.

  • To work with other professionals in the local area for the benefit of children and families.

  • To conduct staff appraisals and supervisions as appropriate and to identify staff training.

  • To ensure all records are properly maintained

  • To attend committee and school liaison meetings when required

  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed, in accordance with the preschool aims and objectives

About you

To excel in this role, you will be NVQ level 3 Early Years and Education or equivalent, and strong experience of providing care in a nursery or preschool environment. A background in a safeguarding capacity and working with SEN children would also be beneficial.Applicants should also have a proactive, imaginative and practical approach to planning and delivering an early years curriculum, excellent communication skills and a commitment to providing the highest level of service to parents and carers.

We would love to see applications from candidates who:

  • Are passionate, enthusiastic and positive

  • Are an exceptional leader with clear and demonstrable management and leadership skills

  • Have a solution driven approach to challenges

  • Bring high energy to the classroom

  • Are committed to empowering the team to deliver rich learning opportunities

Safeguarding Statement

At Polesden Lacey Playschool the welfare, safety and protection of the children in our care is paramount. We have a duty to create an environment in which children are safe from abuse and to respond promptly and appropriately to any suspicion of abuse.

Every staff member and volunteer undertakes safeguarding training, following the guidelines and procedures of Surrey Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (SSCP).

All positions are exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and Playschool will arrange for a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check on all successful applicants. No-one will be employed if they are barred from working with children.

All appointments will be subject to a probationary period and will not be confirmed unless the Playschool is confident that the applicant can be safely entrusted with children.

A copy of our Safeguarding Policy (along with others) can be found in full on our website,

For all enquiries or to request an application pack, please speak to our Chair, Ellie Pragnell via

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 31st January 2024


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