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Deputy Nursery Manager Jobs

Lead and empower your team to be the best they can be through your expert knowledge of the early years.

What is a Deputy Nursery Manager?

As a Deputy Manager, you’ll be an essential member of the Management Team within your nursery. You’ll be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day running of the nursery by assisting the Nursery Manager in all their duties, ensuring the success of your nursery in all areas and building caring relationships with the staff team, parents and children.

You’ll share the wealth of knowledge you’ve gained from your years of experience in early years with your team to inspire them in their roles. You’ll be passionate about supporting children in their development, and you’ll have a good knowledge of the early years curriculum and EYFS. You’ll lead from your passion to support the children and your teams.

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What does a Deputy Nursery Manager do?

As a Deputy Nursery Manager, you’ll start your day by conducting morning walkarounds to ensure the Early Years Practitioners and Room Leaders are ready for the day ahead, and the nursery is ready for the children to arrive. You’ll evaluate your team’s performance and delegate responsibilities fairly, and you’ll give constructive feedback to ensure your nursery is providing the best educational experiences for our children. You’ll correctly implement audits and requirements for the key person, safeguarding, health & safety and confidentiality procedures.

On days when the Nursery Manager is absent, you’ll fulfil their duties and manage the setting. Every day, you’ll create a positive influence in the setting and build genuine bonds with the parents, the children, your team and the local community.

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Our Deputy Manager, Jake, takes you through what it’s like in: A Day in the Life of a Nursery Deputy Manager at Fennies.

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You’ll be the best at...

At Fennies, we break down each job into categories where we want to see you shine. These categories are: Leadership, Communication, Training, Education and Health & Safety.

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You’ll be the best at welcoming new employees and new children to your fantastic nursery and actively supporting them with their continued development.


You’ll be the best at communicating with your nursery team and the parents through regular updates.

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You’ll be the best at looking to develop your skills and making improvements on a continuous basis, whilst learning from the Nursery Manager.


You’ll be the best at providing high-quality, educational childcare through your early years experience that is relevant and engaging for the children and coming up with initiatives to actively develop your team’s skills.

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Health & Safety

You’ll be the best at implementing audits, key person approaches, safeguarding, healthy & safety and confidentiality systems to ensure the safety of the children and your staff.

Why join Fennies?

Life at Fennies is about loving what you do and having the passion to be the best at it! We believe that this is true for our employees and for us as a company. That’s why we invest in what we believe in – you. We give our teams the opportunity to progress in their careers in a supportive environment.

Hear it from our Deputy Managers

We already have many exceptional team members who work with Fennies, so hear it from our Deputy Managers to learn what they love about working with us.
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Early years education has changed a lot over the years, and more so from country to country, as I discovered when I moved from Australia to England. But ultimately, the child has always been at the heart of everything we do. Sharing my passion for early years is by far the most rewarding part of my job!

Deputy Manager, Nikki

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It's important for staff to share the same image for the nursery in which they work, so we are all working towards the same goal. We do this by ensuring these ideas and visions are set, working closely with the teams within the room to ensure they feel supported in their journeys, having an open door policy so that staff feel confident and listened to with any ideas and concerns, this, in turn, makes us work closely with all staff members building a positive staff environment.

Jamie, Deputy Manager

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My favourite type of activities to do with the children is messy play or tuff tray activities. I love to get the older children involved and work together by following their interests. I like to bring to life their visions and experiences. I love seeing into the little minds of 3-year-olds and the excitement it holds.

Sarah, Deputy Manager

We’re looking for passionate Deputy Managers to join our teams


To be a Deputy Manager, you’ll need to have a minimum of an NVQ level 2 in Childcare and be working toward your NVQ level 3 in Childcare or equivalent.
If you’re an experienced Deputy Manager looking to take the next steps in your career to become a Nursery Manager, then Fennies will help you get there. Or join Fennies Graduate Programme for a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills by expanding your knowledge and receive qualifications in SEND, Management or Academy.  Whatever your passion, we’ll support you to take the next steps in your journey and become your best self.

We have nurseries in London, Surrey and Kent. To find your closest setting go to the Our Nurseries pages.

A Deputy Manager is responsible for weekly rotas, staff observations, and supporting your Nursery Manager with the office admin. You’ll check the rooms are set up correctly and ready before the children arrive and during your afternoon checks. You’ll fill out risk assessments and ensure the safety of the children in the nursery.

A Deputy Nursery Manager will have the confidence to fulfil the role of Nursery Manager when the Manager is absent. However, a Deputy Manager may not have the experience of managing a full nursery, therefore they will look to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in these areas from the Nursery Manager. A Deputy Manager will have experience of working in management positions.

Applying for a job at Fennies couldn’t be simpler. You can either send in your cover letter and CV to recruitment@fennies.com or fill out the application form.