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Essential Nursery Management

A Practitioner's Guide, 1st Edition

By Susan Hay


216 pages

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Written by a highly acclaimed expert in the field, this practical and accessible book addresses all the critical aspects of effective nursery management. From leadership skills and one-to-one skills, developing and monitoring the curriculum; and staff training and appraisals, to astute financial management; marketing strategies and evaluating your nursery's service, this new, fully revised edition of Essential Nursery Management recognizes the huge changes that have taken place in public policy and parental awareness which have inspired practitioners to strive for quality and sustainability in their child care provision.

Supported by real-life case-studies, examples of policies, procedures and rotas that can be adapted by the reader, Essential Nursery Management takes a close look at the political and social context in which child care services are provided today and asks:

  • What do parents expect?
  • What do employers want for their workforces?
  • What rights do children have?
  • How can child care providers work together for the benefit of children and families?

This book will be invaluable to anyone wishing to fully engage with the demanding role of managing any early years settings, whether as part of studying at GNVQ or Foundation degree level or in day-to-day practice.


'Throughout the book the author's passion for quality provision for young children and their families shines through. This, coupled with the wealth of practical information makes this a fascinating read for both childcare students and managers.' - Early Years Update

Table of Contents

1. Who is a Manager and What is Management? 2. Focussing on the Task 3. Leading a Team and Managing a Service 4. Investing in People 5. Being an Ambassador 6. Working to a Plan 7. Reviewing the Service. Bibliography. References. Useful Addresses

About the Author

Susan Hay was previously Executive Director Europe for Bright Horizons Family Solutions, an international group of nurseries operating in US, UK, Canada and Ireland. She is currently a freelance consultant.

About the Series

Essential Guides for Early Years Practitioners

The books in this exciting new series have been written to closely mirror major modules in the GNVQ in Childcare (levels 1 & 2). Packed full of illustrations, practical ideas, support and advice, this series addresses the key issues arising from working in today’s nursery and school environments.

Benefit from the experiences of our highly qualified authors to help you captivate and inspire the children in the early years of their education.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten
EDUCATION / Leadership