Early Years Deputy Manager/SENCO

Closing date: September 9th, 2022

Job Title:

Early Years Deputy Manager/SENCO

Responsible to:

Early Years Manager

Responsible for:

Nursery Children

Hours of Work:

45 hours per week


YMCA Sefton Nursery – Southport

Salary and benefits:

£24,289 per annum


  • 33 days annual leave including holidays
  • 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

YMCA Together has been voted No1 Charity to work for by our employees in 2022. YMCA 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 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/SENCO will be part of and supervise a team of Early Years Practitioners to implement the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) policy and procedures and ensure they understand their responsibility to meet individual children’s needs. The SENCO will work closely with children, colleagues, parents, and other professionals. The SENCO will work closely with the setting manager to ensure that Nursery is inclusive and accessible for all children. 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

Duties and Responsibilities

  • ensuring all practitioners in the setting understand their responsibilities to children with SEN and the setting’s approach to identifying and meeting SEN
  • advising and supporting colleagues
  • ensuring parents are actively involved throughout and that their insights inform action taken by the setting,
  • liaise with professionals or agencies beyond the setting
  • work with the manager of the setting to regularly review the SEN and disability policy and practice within the setting and agree how it will be implemented.
  • be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the setting’s SEN policy, and for coordinating provision across the setting.
  • implement SEN support and the graduated approach of: assess, plan, do, review (learning and development plans and next steps) to meet the outcomes identified for the child
  • support individual practitioners in implementing the approach for individual children.
  • maintain records on your key children’s development.
  • draw on a range of sources, including the views of the child, supported by reliable evidence of effectiveness, to inform their advice and support to colleagues on different approaches to improving children’s progress.
  • To work with parents and manager to identify children eligible for DAF (Disability Access Fund) and identify resources to be purchased with the funding to best support the child’s needs.
  • 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 occasional 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.


Qualifications – Essential

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

Qualifications – Desirable

  • Have worked in childcare settings for 5+ years.
  • Training/ qualifications in any area of supporting children with additional needs/ Role of the SENCO

Experiences – Essential

  • Experience of working with children aged birth to 4 years
  • Some experience of working with Children with additional needs

Experiences – Desirable

  • Some understanding of the SEN code of practise.
  • 3 years+ supporting children with additional needs.
  • Writing applications for EHCP’s (Educational Health and Care Plan)
  • Writing learning and development plans/ next steps for individual children.
  • Supporting staff with different strategies to help with children’s development

Knowledge – Essential

  • Knowledge of child development
  • Knowledge of safeguarding children

Knowledge – Desirable

  • Understanding of PECS and varying stages.
  • Understanding of Sensory Processing Disorder.
  • Knowledge of how to uphold Equality and Diversity policies and procedures

Skills – Essential

  • 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 – Essential

  • 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.

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