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Nursery manager

Alternative titles for this job include 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

to

£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 40 a week

You could work

early mornings on a rota

How to become

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How to become a nursery manager

You can get into this job through:

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

University

You can do a foundation degree or degree in child development or a related subject, such as:

  • early years education
  • psychology
  • childhood studies

Some nurseries may prefer you to have early years teacher status (EYTS).

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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College

You could start by doing a Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce.

You can also take other childcare qualifications but they must be at least level 3 if you want to become a manager.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could do an Early Years Educator Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship or an Early Years Lead Practitioner Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship.

These can take from 18 to 24 months to complete.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You could start as a nursery worker. With further training, for example, the Level 5 Diploma for the Early Years Senior Practitioner, you could apply for management jobs.

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

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Further information

You can get more advice about working in childcare from Early Years Careers and the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • leadership skills
  • business management skills
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a nursery manager, you would:

  • create a safe and stimulating environment to promote learning
  • update parents and carers on children's progress
  • recruit staff and develop the nursery team
  • keep records and create reports
  • manage a budget
  • make sure safety and child protection regulations are met

Working environment

You could work in a nursery.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could:

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Early Years Level 2 Apprenticeship - Cheeky Monkeys Day Nursery

  • Wage: £12,506.00 Annually
  • Location: Birmingham

Nursery Apprentice Level 2 - Surbition

  • Wage: £10,982.40 Annually
  • Location: Surbiton KT6 4RL, london , UK

Courses In England

Early Years

  • Provider: HULL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 03 September 2024
  • Location: Hull

T Level Education and Early Years - Education and Early Years

  • Provider: KINGSMEAD SCHOOL
  • Start date: 01 September 2024
  • Location: Cannock

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