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  • Start date details

    As soon as possible

  • Closing date

    12 July 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    27 June 2024

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Working pattern

Full time: Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£32,000 to £43,000 (Depending on experience. First time managers encouraged to apply)

What skills and experience we're looking for

Key Requirements:

  • Minimum level 3; ideally level 5 or above
  • Right to work in the UK
  • An awareness of keeping children safe, noticing safeguarding and welfare concerns, and knowing how and when to take appropriate action
  • A team player that can work collaboratively as well as using own initiative
  • Excellent knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework
  • Experience of leading a team

What the school offers its staff


  • A Real Living Wage Employer: We are a Real Living Wage employer with a minimum salary of £13.15 per hour for all roles in London. We also pay 11% pension contributions
  • Ongoing Learning: We are committed to providing the best development for all our staff. We close the nurseries for five days each year to focus on staff training and ensure there is protected time for training and supervision each week for every adult. We work hard to ensure there are clear career progression routes
  • Annual leave: We are proud of our staff and want everyone to feel valued for playing their part. That’s why staff receive 25 days holiday each year, excluding bank holidays
  • Wellbeing: Staff wellbeing is incredibly important to us. We know that while incredibly rewarding, working in a nursery can be challenging. We therefore work hard to ensure all staff have the support and infrastructure they need to take care of their wellbeing
  • Part of a Network: Ark Start is part of Ark, a charity that aims to transform children’s lives through education. Ark operates a network of 39 schools across London, Birmingham, Portsmouth, and Hastings as well as a number of charitable ventures. Being part of a network means our staff get access to the opportunities, infrastructure, and support of a large organisation

Further details about the role

Reporting to: Headteacher, Ark Start

Location: Acton or West Croydon

Contract: Permanent

Working Pattern:37.5 hours per week

Closing date:12/07/2023 at 10am

Interviews: w/c 15/07/2024

Salary:£32,000 to £43,000 (Depending on experience. First time managers encouraged to apply)

About the role:

As we expand, we are looking for Nursery Managers to join the founding team at Ark Start Nurseries. In this role you will provide the highest standards of physical, emotional, social, and intellectual care for all children in your care, you’ll ensure all children are safeguarded and their welfare and safety are promoted, and you’ll work to provide an enabling environment in which all children can play, learn and develop.

Our central team are responsible for the majority of administrative functions so we are looking for people with a genuine passion for young children and the skill, creativity, commitment, energy, and enthusiasm required for leading the nursery from the front.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To be responsible for the successful running of the nursery in every room including observations, assessments and relationships with parents
  • To ensure the daily operational running of the nursery is smooth and well organised
  • To work alongside the room leaders to ensure staff are deployed effectively and meeting the needs of all children
  • To ensure the implementation of the Ark Start curriculum
  • To ensure staff engage in high quality interactions and model high quality interactions across nursery
  • To create an enabling environment where all children make good progress
  • To ensure that the nursery is safe and secure, risk assessments are in place and followed by all staff and that all staff are following the Ark Start safeguarding policy and procedures
  • To keep child records up to date and reporting to parents and senior staff
  • To work alongside senior staff to implement improvement plans to support the nursery to continuously improve
  • To promote and model high standards of the nursery at all times to parents, staff, and visitors in line with the Ark Start code of conduct and handbook

Commitment to safeguarding

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants.

All employees must undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment - this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred.

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About Ark Schools

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We’re an international charity, transforming lives through education. We exist to give every young person, regardless of their background, a great education and real choices in life. In the UK, we’re a network of 39 schools, educating around 28,500 pupils in areas where we can make the biggest difference and we’re recognised as one of the highest achieving academy groups in the country. We want to change the lives of children everywhere, not just in our own schools. So, we create and incubate Ventures designed not only to help pupils in Ark schools, but also to improve education systems.

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