Monkey Puzzle Glasgow Central are looking for a fantastic Manager to join our nursery team as Maternity Cover and help to provide outstanding education and early years childcare for our children.

Why Us?

As part of Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries, you will be joining our caring, welcoming and supportive team. Our vision is to inspire change through excellence in childcare, creating a positive impact for generations to come.

For over 20 years, Monkey Puzzle has been providing children the highest quality of care with unlimited opportunities to grow, learn, develop and flourish in our safe and secure environments.

Key Responsibilites

The role of the Nursery Manager is to provide professional leadership and management of the nursery and its staff, and to successfully manage the day to day running of the nursery and deliver high quality standards of care and education for all children.

  • Adhere to all company policies and procedures
  • Ensure that all company policies and procedures are adhered to by all staff
  • Promote a high standard of quality within the nursery, including practice, environment and resources to meet the requirements of the Pre-Birth to Three and the Curriculum for Excellence
  • Implement quality assurance and reflection on practice
  • Ensure appropriate planning and assessment is in place and is accurately maintained by all staff
  • Support the development of good practice in relation to special educational needs and inclusion
  • Provide leadership and support to all staff to enable them to establish and maintain professional positive working relationships with both colleagues, parents and carers
  • Deploy staff effectively to ensure the required standards are maintained
  •  Ensure the effective implementation of the company’s keyperson system throughout the nursery
  • Ensure that all children are kept safe and that staff are confident to follow safeguarding procedures
  • Implement and support others in delivering the Early Years Framework in line with current practice and guidelines
  • Develop and maintain professional working relationships with relevant outside agencies
  • Create and maintain a culture of self-evaluation and reflective practice throughout the nursery
  • Proactively promote and represent the nursery to current and potential parents/customers including in the wider community
  • Adhere to all health and safety policies and procedures and be responsible for ensuring all staff receive health and safety training
  • Be fully aware of all emergency and security procedures
  • Be responsible for ensuring the nursery remains compliant in respect of suitably trained and vetted staff with relevant qualifications
  • Recruit, induct, support, train and appraise all staff to deliver high quality childcare practice
  • Identify, address and support individual training needs and self-development such as supervisions and appraisals
  • Work in conjunction with the Franchisee and Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries Ltd Head Office in disciplinary and grievance investigations and hearings
  • Be responsible for making sure all complaints/concerns are actively resolved in a timely manner
  • Manage staff and running costs
  • Facilitate inspections by regulatory bodies and implement any recommendations
  • Be responsible for all administrative duties associated with the nursery, including maintaining children’s records, ordering equipment and keeping personnel files
  • Undertake any other duties as reasonably requested by line manager

The duties and responsibilities included in this job specification are not exhaustive or restrictive and can be reviewed at any time in the future, changes and other duties deemed relevant to this post may be added.

Why you?

  • You have a positive attitude and creative ideas that inspire children to learn
  • You are passionate about providing high standards of care and education to meet the individual needs of all children.
  • You take pride in maintaining positive working partnerships with colleagues, parents and carers.
  • You recognise the importance of adhering to all company policies and procedures.
  • You have good verbal and written communication skills


  • Minimum full and relevant Level 3 Social Services (Children and Young People)
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Safer Recruitment training
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Food and Hygiene Level 2
  • Ability to write reports and keep clear and accurate records
  • Ability to write clear objective observations
  • Excellent planning and organisation
  • Strong IT skills
  • Strong leadership
  • Good presentation skills
    Excellent communicator
  • Able to motivate, manage and work productively within a team
  • Identify training needs, develop training plans and evaluate training undertaken by staff
  • Recruit, induct, support, train and appraise all staff to ensure delivery of high-quality childcare practice
  • Ability to comprehend, impart and adhere to a strict set of policies and procedures
  • Working with and supporting parents
  • Working with outside agencies
  • Effective time management
  • Ability to prioritise workload
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent working knowledge of the Curriculum Pre-Birth to Three and the Curriculum for Excellence
  • Excellent knowledge of the current Early Years Inspection Framework
  • Thorough knowledge of and appreciation for child safeguarding and welfare
  • Strong understanding of health and safety and practical hygiene issues
  • Minimum of 2 years recent experience of working in a Nursery/Preschool setting within a senior role i.e. Nursery Manager, Deputy Nursery Manager

Great to haves

  • Experience with Care inspections
  • Prevent Duty
  • FGM
  • Emergency First Aid At Work
  • Early Years Leadership and Management qualification i.e. City and Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for the Children’s & Young People’s Workforce
  • Able to work confidently with ASN
  • Calm in all circumstances
  • Able to work on own initiative
  • Business savvy
  • Evidence of ongoing personal development
  • Knowledge of digital learning platforms; i.e, iConnect, FAMLY, Learning Book, Tapestry etc
  • Knowledge of the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice and the required support systems put in place
  • Excellent knowledge of HR and recruitment regulations and processes particularly relating to the early years sector
  • Knowledge of child health and nutrition

Apply Now

To apply for a role at Monkey Puzzle Glasgow Central please complete the form below, attaching a copy of your CV when you submit it. A member of our nursery team will then be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application.

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