(Term-Time Only)



Manager wanted for friendly village pre-school, committed to offering the highest standards of care and play opportunities for children age 2 to 5 years. We are open for 8 sessions a week and have capacity for 26 children each session.  Our current manager is retiring and we’re looking for an enthusiastic and caring manager to continue to develop our successful pre-school. 


We are based in the historic conservation area of Oakley and provide a stimulating well equipped environment, and attractive outdoor space where the children learn and flourish.  


The pre-school has an excellent reputation for providing a holistic approach where every child is valued and treated as an individual. We seek to enhance each child’s creativity, curiosity and imagination.


You would be leading a well-qualified and committed staff team.


We work closely with parents, and are well connected with the local school and community to achieve the best outcomes for our children.  The pre-school is a popular choice in our locality and is currently oversubscribed. 


Our pre-school is a non-profit making setting with a broad Christian ethos and strong links with the local parish church.




Flexible – we are currently operating 23.25 hours per week, term-time only

Mon & Tues 9.00-12.00, Weds, Thurs & Fri  9.00-2.45


SALARY  £12 per hour



  • Level 3 Minimum qualification in Early Years

  • Leadership experience in an Early Years setting, for example: Manager, Deputy Manager or Senior Leader

  • A good knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Ofsted expectations

  • Ability to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment in which children can develop and flourish

  • Committed to building effective relationships with children and parents/carers




  • To manage the provision of the pre-school ensuring that staff and parents work together to provide high quality childcare

  • To ensure safeguarding is a priority and the highest standards are maintained

  • To implement a broad and balanced curriculum fulfilling the requirements of the EYFS

  • To monitor and assess the quality of provision ensuring that policies and procedures, best practice and standards are maintained

  • To lead and manage the staff team effectively

  • To oversee day-to-day financial operations within the pre-school and manage the occupancy to ensure maximum capacity


NB. This is not an exhaustive list of duties and a full detailed job description and person specification will be provided to candidates on request.


CLOSING DATE:  Midday Wednesday 11 March       


INTERVIEWS:   Week commencing Monday 16 March 


Enhanced DBS check and Disclosure required. 


Informal enquiries and applications to:  01256 782724      office@oww.church

Job description: Manager


St Leonard’s Pre-School, St Leonard’s Centre, Rectory Road, Oakley, Basingstoke, RG23 7ED


Job title:    Manager


Responsible to:    Parochial Church Council


Responsible for:    Two Deputy Managers and five Pre-School Assistants, Volunteers and Students


Location:    St Leonard’s Centre, Oakley will be the primary place of work


Purpose of the job:    To provide safe, high quality education and care for early years children. To fulfil legal and statutory requirements. To lead and manage staff on a day-to-day basis. To contribute to and to implement early years policies. To ensure that all statutory, legal and setting obligations are followed and met



Safeguarding requirement: St Leonard’s Pre-School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It is a requirement of all staff that they share this commitment and follow the prescribed policy and procedures to continuously promote a culture of safeguarding across the whole organisation


Key Responsibilities:


  • To manage the provision of the preschool ensuring that parents and the staff team work together to provide high quality, stimulating childcare


  • To take overall responsibility for drawing up long-term, medium-term and sessional curriculum plans which take into account the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), and to monitor the effectiveness of the setting’s curriculum; in consultation with the Deputy Managers, and where appropriate working with external professionals 


  • To be responsible for providing a high quality of education, learning and care, ensuring that staff are properly deployed, and to offer appropriate stimulation and support to the children attending the setting


Operational Responsibilities


  • To draw up and to supervise the daily programme of activities and events, in consultation with the Deputy Managers


  • To be responsible for implementing systems of observation and record keeping so that children’s progress and achievements are effectively and regularly assessed; to monitor the effectiveness of assessment procedures


  • To have an appropriate action plan in place which enables the setting to achieve and maintain a minimum good Ofsted rating at the next inspection


  • To implement any recommendations made following regulatory inspections


  • To be able to lead and assist in the daily setting up and putting away of resources and equipment in this packaway settingPersonnel


  • To take responsibility for ensuring that performance management systems are in place and followed, e.g. induction, probation, supervision, team meetings, appraisals and objective setting


  • To ensure that staff are appropriately supported to carry out their role effectively, including the Early Years SENCO 


  • To organise the key person system and to effectively supervise staff on a daily basis; to be responsible for monitoring the quality of teaching; to participate in staff appraisals and to identify in-service training needs


  • To liaise closely with parents/carers, informing them about the setting and its curriculum, exchanging information about children’s progress and encouraging parents’ involvement


Safeguarding and Health and Safety


  • To ensure that the welfare and safety of children is promoted within the setting and that any child protection concerns are always acted upon appropriately and immediately


  • To ensure that St Leonard’s Centre is a safe environment for children, staff and others, that equipment is safe, standards of hygiene are high, safety procedures are implemented at all times and fire drills are regularly practised


  • To ensure records are properly maintained and updated, e.g. the daily attendance register, accident and incident records


  • To ensure that children attending the setting receive a balanced and healthy diet


  • To liaise with the Parochial Church Council, Ofsted services and other professionals as necessary and ensure that all legal and statutory requirements are implemented, and to provide reports as required


Administration and Finances


  • To contribute to and implement all the setting’s policies and procedures


  • To manage day-to-day financial operations within the setting meeting financial targets. Manage the petty cash system and ensure that any systems for income collection or invoicing are followed 


  • To attend any conferences, training events or meetings, as identified by the Parochial Church Council and to keep up-to-date with current good practice


  • To ensure that accurate and up-to-date record keeping systems are in place, e.g. children’s records of progress and any behavioural and development reports, any safeguarding issues, health and safety issues, notes taken at staff supervision meetings, details of targets set and of any performance concerns discussed


  • To ensure that the setting complies with the General Data Protection Regulation and that staff receive appropriate training and guidance


  • To take responsibility for marketing the Pre-School and managing the occupancy ensuring maximum capacity


  • To maintain and strengthen links with St Leonard’s Church and the local community


  • To undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by the Parochial Church Council in accordance with the setting’s business plan/objectives

This job description is not an exhaustive list of duties and the post holder will be required to undertake any other reasonable duties discussed and directed by the line manager. The post holder is required to comply with all Pre-school policies and procedures and to meet his/her responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work legislation. The post holder is also expected to be flexible and adaptable in their approach to fulfilling their duties.



Person specification


Essential criteria:


  • Minimum of Level 3 early years education and childcare qualification or equivalent, and a commitment to obtaining a level 4 qualification


  • Level 4 Safeguarding qualification for Designated Safeguarding Leads or a commitment to obtaining this


  • Commitment to continuously promoting a culture of safeguarding


  • Experience as a Manager, Deputy Manager, or Senior Leader in an Early Years Setting


  • Sound understanding of child development, and of children’s needs


  • Ability to comply with the requirements placed on the setting by the EYFS


  • Ability to plan and implement a pre-school curriculum, taking into account the SEN Code of Practice, child protection procedures and equal opportunities considerations


  • Ability to ensure that the setting achieves and maintains at least a good Ofsted rating


  • Ability to effectively lead and manage a team of adults, including conducting performance management processes e.g. induction, supervision meetings, appraisals and setting objectives


  • Ability to work with parents and families to encourage their involvement


  • Demonstrable and detailed knowledge of current legislation relevant to the early years


  • Commitment to equal opportunities and an understanding of equality and diversity issues


  • Understanding of the Prevent Duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, as it relates to early years settings


  • Knowledge of data protection and information management practices and their application within the setting


  • Good verbal and written literacy skills 


  • Ability to effectively promote the setting to maximise occupancy levels and fee income


  • Commitment to pursuing continuing professional development


  • Sympathy with the aims and objectives of the Church of England and willingness to support the Christian ethos of the setting, with advice from appropriate diocesan staff


Desirable criteria:


  • Level 4 or above early years education and childcare qualification or Level 6 degree with EYITT (Early Years Initial Teacher Training)


  • Experience of training and developing staff


  • Experience of digital learning journals e.g. tapestry


  • Experience of marketing an early years setting




This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and does require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check. Applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions they may have and any orders which have been made against them.

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St Leonard's Church Office

Rectory Road



RG23 7ED

Monday - Friday 9.00am-1.00pm

01256 782724


Charity Registration Number 1131064