Early Years Deputy Manager

Closing date: N/A

Job Title:

Early Years Deputy Manager

Responsible to:

Early Years Manager

Responsible for:

Nursery Children

Hours of Work:

45 hours per week


YMCA Sefton Nursery in Southport

Salary and benefits:

  • £24,289.20 per annum
  •  33 Days Annual leave including holidays per annum
  • Paid Medicash support
  • Birthday bonus
  • Charity day of your choice
  • Well-being Hours
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Refer a Friend Scheme
  • Christmas Voucher
  • Company Pension Scheme 4%
  • Funded Training Opportunities
  • Hardship/DTH Loan

YMCA Together is a registered charity and company Limited by Guarantee. We were founded in 1846 and so we build on a long history of providing a place for people experiencing challenging times in their lives.

YMCA Together is a truly value driven organisation.

Our vision is that everyone should feel safe, understood, empowered and positive for their future. We meet our vision by working within our values of Strength, Humility, Respect, Empathy and Kindness. These SHREK values run through all that we do from recruitment to how we work alongside people in our services to our partnership approach with other providers.

Our clear vision and values come together to help us in our mission to inspire and support people to change their lives by instilling hope, valuing the person and maximising potential.


The post holder will be based at YMCA Sefton Nursery located in Southport, responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Early Years Setting in the absence of the Early Years Manager whilst being included in the child: staff ratios providing support for children with additional needs.

Hours of Work

The post holder will be working Monday to Friday during the hours of 8-6.

Job Purpose

The Deputy Early Years Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the early years setting in the absence of the Early Years Manager whilst being included in the child: staff ratios.  The Deputy Early Years Manager will be part of and supervise a team of Early Years Practitioners to ensure the educational and social development of the nursery children and will be Designated Behaviour Co-Ordinator for the setting, offering appropriate support, guidance and advice to staff, children, and parents/carers

 Duties and Responsibilities

  • To take a lead role in the planning and implementation of the Early Years curriculum
  • To take a lead role in the observation and evaluation of Early Years practice
  • To ensure the provision and planning of a stimulating environment through play and other activities, in which all children can interact and develop fully, mentally and physically, including outdoor activities and educational visits
  • To maintain records on each child’s physical, social and intellectual skills to be used as a development process and oversee any behaviour issues.
  • To participate in the planning and implementation of planned activities.
  • To be directly responsible as a key worker for the preparation and supervision of activities and display of children’s work
  • To supervise and care for children at mealtimes
  • To toilet and change children when necessary
  • To participate in all Nursery activities and appropriate staff meetings
  • Ensure that staff/child ratios are maintained on a day-to-day basis
  • To liaise with parents regarding the children’s welfare
  • To ensure that liaison with parents and introductory visits of new children take place
  • To be aware of and act in accordance with current developments/legislation in Early Years and YMCA Togethers policies and procedures.
  • To be proactive in always safeguarding all children.
  • Undertake the managers key roles in her absence e.g., being the safeguarding lead, taking payments and communicating with parents, overseeing ratios, and upholding key policies.
  • To uphold personal standards and integrity appropriate to the post and consistent with the values of the organisation.
  • To develop and maintain professional standards and expertise by undertaking relevant professional development
  • To participate in the organisation’s Staff Performance Management Review
  • To comply with the organisation’s Financial Regulations and Health and Safety at Work policies and procedures
  • To comply with the organisation’s Equality and Diversity policies and procedures
  • To maintain a flexible and team working approach and perform such other duties as may be required.
  • To be involved in and out of working hours activities, e.g. training, monthly staff meetings.

 Health and Safety

  • Always ensure the safety of yourself and others on the premises in which you work
  • Conduct Health and Safety checks as required
  • Report, log and communicate all incidents to the appropriate people
  • Ensure adherence to YMCA Together visitor’s policy and procedure
  • Adhere to all Risk Management Protocols.

Internal relationships

  • Excellent communication with all YMCA Together service users and staff
  • Flexible and positive approach with all service users and team members
  • To be committed to learning and personal development both as an individual and as part of a team
  • Sharing information and expertise with the team, covering absence, and working together to provide a high-quality service
  • Attend team meetings as required.

External relationships

  • Develop excellent relationships with parents thought open communication.
  • Build relationships with professionals that help provide additional support.


  • Ensure compliance with Code of conduct, including professional boundaries and confidentiality
  • Deal promptly with all complaints
  • To be proactive in always safeguarding all children by committing to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults who use the organisation’s services by being aware policies and procedures regarding Child Protection, being aware of the signs and symptoms of abuse by attending relevant courses, reporting all causes for concern to the Child Protection Officer, ensuring the safety of all pupils in the Nursery environment both indoor and outdoor and carrying out risk assessments in consultation with the teaching staff prior to activities.
  • Familiarise yourself with and ensure compliance with all YMCA Together policies and procedures
  • Prepare for and attend supervision and annual appraisal with your line manager taking direction as appropriate and contributing to the development of both yourself and the service.

Person Specification – Early Years Deputy



  • Childcare qualification level 3 or above.
  • Comfortable with the use of computers and IT including Microsoft Office 365


  • 5 years plus experience of working in a childcare setting.



  • Experience of working with children aged birth to 4 years
  • Knowledge of how to maintain records on individual children’s development


  • Experience planning age and stage appropriate activities.
  • Have been a key person for a group of children.
  • Experience of working closely with families.



  • Knowledge of child development
  • Knowledge of legislation relevant to Early Years such as EYFS, Working together to safeguard Children 2018, Keeping Children safe in education, Childcare act 2006


  • Knowledge of how to uphold Equality and Diversity policies and procedures



  • Organised, with excellent planning and time management skills
  • Strong and demonstrable people management skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to prioritise and manage own workload

Behaviour/ Attributes


  • Committed to own personal development and CPD planning
  • Courteous manner towards Parents, professionals, and colleagues
  • Creative and dynamic approach with the ability to “think outside of the box” when providing solutions
  • Energetic, highly motivated with a reputation of being held in high regard by their peers
  • Excellent interpersonal/ communication skills
  • Committed to own career development
  • Reliable
  • Ability to work within and have commitment to YMCA Together’s ethos, philosophy and SHREK values, Strength, Humility, Respect, Empathy and Kindness.
  • Energetic, dynamic, and self-motivated

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