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Deputy Manager

London Early Years Foundation
Blackheath, London
£31,300- £33,700 per annum
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Deputy Manager- Conservatoire Nursery and Pre-School

£31,300- £33,700 per annum

London, SE3 9RQ

Full Time, Permanent 

We put people before profit: work for a family of nurseries with heart 

"You never feel alone at LEYF- there's always someone to turn to"- Selamawit, Nursery Manager 

We're the London Early Years Foundation, or LEYF Nurseries for short; a family of 40 nurseries. Our people love working for us because we focus on the child and their family and give them the best start in life. 

LEYF is known for quality teachers- we give you strong in-house training and access to promotion. Our nurseries feel independent and community focused. and teams take care of each other. You can join a family of nurseries with a great support network. 

What's in it for you? 

"I wanted more job satisfaction, so I came back to LEYF"- Sunita, Nursery Manager 

  • Lots of training, promotions and a good salary for the sector
  • Generous pension at 7% from us (1% from you)
  • 70% discount on childcare fees 
  • Up to 35 days off a year, including 8 bank holidays, 3 days off between Christmas and New Year, and your birthday (pro-rated for part-time hours)
  • Sector- leading parental leave
  • Many other benefits that take care of you, including access to the Headspace app, shopping discounts, annual conference and money for team celebrations

A bit about the role

"I have received a great deal of support, recognition and training, always having someone I can talk to."- Marta, Nursery Manager 

We know you work in Early Years because you love helping children develop and learn. You are warm and keen to give children the best education to succeed in life. 

You'll have lots of time creating fun activities for children, but you'll also support the Nursery Manager in the smooth running of the nursery. This will involve helping support the team, as well as helping with nursery finances, staffing, health and safety, partnering with parents, and ensuring the quality of the curriculum. 

Every nursery shares LEYF's unique teaching model. But you will have the freedom to be creative to suit how the children learn best. Whether you hop on a train to the Science Museum, take a bus to make friends at a nearby LEYF nursery, or bake with your nursery chef, it's always about the children in our nurseries. 

You will need

  • The right to work in the UK 
  • Team Leadership and a strong relationship builder
  • Level 3 or above childcare qualification
  • Good ideas on how to maintain high quality and ratio bound environments
  • An ability to safeguard and protect children
  • To be positive, adaptable and friendly

About the nursery

Rated Outstanding by Ofsted, Conservatoire Nursery and Pre-School provides Early Years education and care to children from birth to 5 years old. 

You can find us in Blackheath, not far from the station. We're a spacious nursery in a handsome Victorian building, with seperate areas for different age groups and a large garden, 

Our children can choose from a wide range of activities, from gardening to science experiments and sensory play to physical activities, dialogic reading and more. They love to get out and about in the community too- shopping for fruit and veg at the local market or nature-spotting on Blackheath. 

Apply now

Contact us today, our friendly recruiters are waiting to hear from you.






At LEYF, we are more than just a nursery. We are making a difference every day to the lives of children in areas of London where there is limited access to high-quality early years education for local children, especially those living in poverty.

With a network of 39 nurseries across London, we are one of the largest providers of funded places for two-year-olds in London, and over 50% of those nurseries are rated Outstanding by Ofsted. As a social enterprise, our profits are invested back into our organisation so that we can continue to provide this high-quality education for all children and their families.

If you want to work somewhere with real purpose and heart, LEYF has a role for you. Whilst you are working to support our children, we make sure to support you too. You’ll benefit from:

  • Award-winning training and development
  • 26 days annual leave + 8 paid training days each year
  • Extensive benefits (including 70% of childcare fees and your birthday off)
  • Flexible working options
  • Money to celebrate Ofsted inspections as a team
  • Sector-leading parental leave pay (50% of your salary)

We want you want to be part of our supportive team that makes a difference every day and gives every child the best start in life, apply for one of our roles today and see find opportunities to grow with us in your new career journey.

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