Preschool Leader/Manager

Recruiter: Little Owl Preschool, Dry Drayton CB23 8DA

Location: Dry Drayton

Salary: to be agreed

Contract Type: Permanent Hours, Part Time (15.5-22 hours per week in term time with flexibility)

How to apply: by application form, obtained by emailing

Closing date: all application forms must be received by email to, by noon, Friday, 15 April 2017.

Little Owl Pre-School is a small friendly preschool run by a voluntary committee, which employs dedicated and highly qualified staff. At Little Owl we want the very best for our children and we understand that to enable them to reach their full potential, they must feel happy, valued, safe and secure and this is always our aim.

In addition to our core provision, we also run an afterschool club, holiday club and breakfast club for our 3+ children and those at Dry Drayton Primary school whose building we share.

We are seeking a Leader/Manager to lead and oversee all our childcare provision. We are looking for a practitioner with a minimum Level 3 in Childcare, EYP or EYT qualification to join our team for initially around 15-22 hours per week, term time only. Holiday Club operates for 6 additional weeks during the school holidays and the post-holder may wish to, but need not, contribute to this provision in the event of hours being available.

We wish to appoint an experienced, passionate and self-motivated person who, if appropriate, is interested in further leadership and management training. A full job description and essential person criteria are posted at the bottom of this page.

Closing date for completed applications: noon, 15 April 2017. Interview date: week commencing either 24 April 2017.

For further information please see our website Please direct queries and requests for an application form by email to

Little Owl Preschool is committed to equal opportunities in employment. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions they may have and any orders that have been made against them. The post is subject to DBS Enhanced checks and satisfactory references. The post will be subject to a 6 month probationary period.


Preschool Leader Job Description

Main Duties

  • Lead the team and be responsible, along with colleagues, for providing a safe, high quality education and care for young children.
  • Fulfil legal and statutory requirements. Keep up to date with latest changes and best practice. Oversee policies and procedures and ensure that updates are reviewed at Committee level. Ensure records are properly maintained.
  • Be responsible for overall curriculum planning and ensure each child works towards the Early Learning Goals. Monitor the effectiveness of the planning and delivery of the curriculum. Work with staff to monitor and assess children regularly. Oversee and moderate reports.
  • Be responsible for providing high quality teaching. Monitor and assess the quality of teaching. Carry out half termly staff supervisions and annual appraisal to identify training needs and support.
  • Oversee reflective practice, Quality Framework and SEF online for Ofsted.
  • Organise key person system and arrange induction processes for new parents and children e.g. registration details, welcome pack and home visits. Share role of key person with staff.
  • Oversee all risk assessment processes to ensure equipment is safe, standards of hygiene are high and safety procedures are practiced.
  • Participate in occasional fund-raising activities for the Preschool.
  • Prepare monthly staff payroll figures for PLA payroll. Receive the payroll figures and phone the bank to arrange telepay.
  • Liaise closely with parents/carers, sharing information and encouraging involvement. Write termly newsletter for parents and village magazine. Liaise with committee members to ensure that the information on our webpage is up to date.
  • Handle Nursery Funding submissions each term. Prepare data for invoices each half term. Hand on to treasurer.
  • Attend training and professional development course.



Essential Criteria:

  1. A minimum Level 3 in Childcare and a commitment to obtaining further qualifications as appropriate. Minimum 2 years experience at Level 3.
  2. Excellent communication skills and a sound knowledge of the EYFS and an understanding of Ofsted requirements.
  3. Self-motivated, enthusiastic, a positive role model and strong leadership skills to deliver outstanding care.
  4. Demonstrates professionalism in approach to managing all issues.
  5. Commitment to training and professional development.
  6. Ability to manage the setting resources to ensure that expenditure is in line with its budget.
  7. First Aid training.


  1. Early Years Professional Teacher or Early Years Practitioner qualification.
  2. Experience of effective staff management and objective setting, performance management (one to ones, appraisals, feedback).
  3. Experience of co-ordinating curriculum planning.
  4. Child Protection and SEN training.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions they may have and any orders that have been made against them. When working all day a 20 minute break is to be taken at a mutually convenient time.