Nursery manager

Alternative titles for this job include Early years educator, pre-school manager

Nursery managers run early years childcare centres, providing day care for babies and young children from birth to 5 years.

Average salary (a year)

£23,000 Starter


£45,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 40 a week

You could work

early mornings on a rota

How to become a Nursery manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • working towards this role


Some nurseries may prefer you to have a relevant degree or early years teacher status (EYTS).

The most useful degrees are:

  • education
  • early years
  • psychology

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade 9 to 4 (A* to C) or above and 2 to 3 A levels

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You could do a level 3 qualification in childcare.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths

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Most people start out as a nursery worker. Once you've got experience, you can work towards getting supervisory experience as a room leader or 'third in charge' role.

You'll usually need at least 2 years' work experience with children in a nursery to apply for a manager role.

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Further information

You can get more information on early years education, childcare and training from:

You can also find out about this career from the early years career progression map.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • business management skills
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • creating a safe and stimulating environment to promote learning
  • updating parents and carers on children's progress
  • working with colleagues to meet children’s needs
  • checking equipment is in good condition

You’ll also have business responsibilities which could include:

  • recruiting staff and developing the nursery team
  • managing a budget
  • arranging marketing materials
  • keeping records and creating management reports
  • working within environmental, health and safety and fire regulations
  • keeping up to date with developments in early years care
  • building relationships with parents, carers, schools and childcare professionals
  • making sure the nursery meets Ofsted and early years foundation stage standards.

Working environment

You could work in a nursery.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become an area manager and look after the work of a number of nurseries. You might also consider setting up your own private nursery. Ofsted have information on how to do this.

You could become a trainer or training assessor for people studying for childcare qualifications. You could also move into inspection.

Taking a higher education qualification in early years or child development could help you move into teaching, children's nursing or social work.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Early Years Apprenticeship - Ogley Hay Nursery

  • Wage : £111.00 Weekly
  • Location: WS8 6AU

Early Years Practitioner Apprentice

  • Wage : £129.50 Weekly
  • Location: Darlington DL3 8RH

Courses In England

CACHE Diploma in Early Years Educator (Workforce) Early Year Educator

  • Provider: Blackburn College
  • Start date: 04 February 2019
  • Location: BLACKBURN

Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

  • Start date: 23 January 2019
  • Location: Birmingham

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