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Opportunity for the right candidate to lead the Early Years quality work within Derwent Stepping Stones Nurseries.

Working within a high quality, well respected Early Years charity offering guidance to nursery leadership teams, supporting with staff CPD at all levels and contributing to strategic business development. Ensuring compliance Ofsted and Derwent Stepping Stones Early Years curriculum.

Supervisory responsibilities

To whom: Chief Executive
For whom: To be identified

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Lead the quality improvement work currently embedded at Derwent Stepping Stones, which includes audits, observations, reporting and improvement plans.
  • Supporting the provision of a fun, stimulating and positive learning environment to support children’s behaviour, learning and development.
  • Offer mentoring support to staff, apprentices, work placement students and trainees.
  • To regularly attend communication meetings as agreed.
  • To source and participate in any appropriate training and development opportunities to support yourself, new staff and volunteers with professional development and keep up to date with necessary information, attend team meetings and deliver staff training as agreed.
  • Work in line with Derwent Stepping Stones safeguarding policy and procedure and Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Board procedure, reporting any concerns immediately and appropriately.
  • Maintain a high standard of parent partnership in order to meet the needs of all children and their families accessing Derwent Stepping Stones settings.
  • Work flexibly to meet the needs of all families accessing the Derwent Stepping Stones Settings.
  • Renew and present revised policies, procedures and processes as agreed.


  • Encourage a positive partnership with service users and wider community.
  • Communicate clearly with all colleagues and other professionals as identified to ensure the needs of all children.
  • Communicate any concerns promptly and in a professional manner to managers as appropriate.
  • Attend and fully participate in team meetings and other organisation activities.
  • Advise and audit Ofsted compliance to ensure the highest possible standards are achieved.
  • Co-ordinate and track student placements, apprentices progress and support where needed.


  • To comply with all Derwent Stepping Stones policies and procedures.
  • Observe health and safety requirements including participation in fire drills.
  • To promote equality and positive attitudes by ensuring that Derwent Stepping Stones equal opportunity policy is understood and fully implemented.
  • To carry out any other duties as may be required that are consistent with the aims and objectives of the organisation.
  • To participate in any quality assurance scheme in operation within the organisation.
  • Strictly abide by the confidentiality clause policy as detailed in your staff handbook.

This job description will be reviewed periodically and may be altered in accordance with the needs of the organisation. Any alterations will be discussed prior to the review with the post holder.

Role requirements

Role specific skills:

  • Commitment to lifelong learning.
  • Child focused approach to practice.
  • Team working.
  • Written and oral communication.
  • Ability to prioritise workload.
  • Able to work using own initiative and within the organisational guidelines.
  • Offer supportive coaching and mentoring to others.
  • Knowledge and practice of working within confidentiality and data protection.
  • Flexibility.


  • Working with children aged 0-5 in a variety of contexts.
  • Leading quality work within an Early Years environment.
  • Delivering training on a range of Early Years topics.

Technical requirements

  • Minimum level 4 early years qualification
  • Teaching qualification
  • Knowledge of legislation including equality, safeguarding, PREVENT, SEND, health and safety and food hygiene
  • Safeguarding to level 2 (training can be provided)
  • Working knowledge of statutory guidance within an Early Years environment for example Ofsted and EYFS


At Derwent Stepping Stones we aim to transform the lives of the people we work with for the better. We are looking for brilliant people who will ensure that safeguarding the people we work with is a top priority.

Terms and conditions

  • Salary: £28.000-£38.000 (pro-rata) dependant on experience & qualification
  • Hours: 20-25 hours per week
  • Annual leave: 23 days per year plus bank holidays (pro-rata)
  • Pension: Auto enrolment to Peoples Pension

Mission statement
“To help all individuals recognise their full potential and encourage them to be ambitious in achieving it”.


  • Support children to learn and develop ready to maximise their journey into school.
  • Offer high quality, flexible and affordable childcare.
  • Remain responsive and progressive in the development and delivery of services that meet the needs of the local community, children and families.
  • Utilise commercial opportunities that create sustainability.


We will undertake our work with:

  • Honesty: We are honest and open in everything we do
  • Passion: We are passionate and enthusiastic about helping people to achieve their goals
  • Reliability: Providing services upon which our customers can depend
  • Respect: Respect for the rights and contributions of all individuals

If you would like the opportunity to be part of a charitable organisation passionate early years and staff development please send your CV to [email protected] we look forward to hearing from you.


  • All posts are subject to satisfactory enhanced DBS check and references.
  • Probationary period for all jobs is six months, this can be extended.
  • Time off in lieu (TOIL) may be accumulated with permission from your line manager.
  • Reference:
  • Sector: Childcare
  • Location: ,
  • Salary: £28.000-£38.000 (pro-rata) dependant on experience & qualification
  • Contract: 20-25 hours per week
  • Posted: 18 Sep 2023

Please use the form below to submit your application for this role at our St James Centre site. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Janet Holland on 01332 372245 or via the email address above.

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