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Room Leader

Lead your room with your inspirational activities and outstanding knowledge of the early years with a nursery group that will empower you to develop in your career.

What is a Nursery Room Leader?

As a Nursery Room Leader, you’ll be an important member of the Management Team in your nursery. You’ll be responsible for supervising the busy day-to-day activities and routines in your room whilst ensuring the safety of the children and staff members in your care. The Nursery Managers will rely on your support to delegate responsibilities in your room fairly and empower your team through your attentive leadership. Above all else, you’ll have a genuine passion for early years education and creating fun and exciting experiences to encourage the children to learn and progress every day.

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What does a Room Leader do?

As a Room Leader, you’ll start your day making sure the setting and your team are ready for the children to arrive. During drop-offs and pick-ups, you’ll build bonds with parents to develop strong partnerships. You’ll be a role model in your setting, and you’ll know the best practice for implementing the key person approach, health & safety and safeguarding systems. You’ll organise the routines in your room, whether that be naptimes, mealtimes, or imaginative activities. Your positivity and passion will inspire the team and create a friendly nursery setting.

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Want to know more?

Our Room Leader, Elise, takes you through what it’s like in: A Day in the Life of a Nursery Room Leader.

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You’ll be the best at...

At Fennies, we break down each job into categories where we want to see you shine. These categories are: Leadership, Communication, Training, Education and Health & Safety.

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Leadership

You’ll be the best at being a caring leader who looks to encourage their team whilst giving support to the Management Team by carrying out instructions.

Communication

You’ll be the best at sharing progress with parents and recording children’s development, and you understand the importance of confidentiality in the team and your nursery.

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Training

You’ll be the best at carrying out self-reflection and using professional development opportunities to improve your skills, such as completing First Aid courses and internal training modules.

Education

You’ll be the best at planning activities to stretch and challenge the children, and you having a good knowledge of Makaton, art, STEM, well-being and phonics while teaching your team how to implement this in the setting.

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Health & Safety

You’ll be the best at implementing the correct systems and approaches, such as key person, safeguarding and First Aid, whilst keeping records and giving feedback to parents and managers.

Why join Fennies?

Life at Fennies is about loving what you do and having the passion to be the best at it! We believe that this is true for our employees and for us as a company. That’s why we invest in what we believe in – you. We give our teams the opportunity to progress in their careers in a supportive environment.

Hear it from our Room Leaders

We already have many exceptional team members who work with Fennies, so hear it from an experienced Room Leader to learn what they love about working with us.

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My favourite part of working in early years is being able to be part of the foundational years in a child's life- the years that are so crucial in a person's development. I love seeing the children grow with curiosity and begin to develop their social skills and scaffold their learning. It's such an honour, and it's what got me into early years.

Room Leader, Charity

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Fennies has helped me gain my qualification and become a Deputy Room Leader and hopefully a Room Leader in the future. The Room Leader Training Day helped me to develop my skills and knowledge to become not only a better Deputy in the room but a better team member within the room.

Lydia, Deputy Room Leader

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The most rewarding part of the day for me is first thing in the morning for two reasons. One, I love seeing the children happy to come into the nursery and happy to come to me and leave their parent or guardian as they feel safe and secure at nursery. And two, I really enjoy setting up activities in the morning and as the children walk in seeing their reactions to what they will learn and play with today is one of the best feelings.

Room Leader, Rose

We are looking for passionate Room Leaders to join our teams

FAQs

To be a Nursery Room Leader, you’ll need to have the following qualifications: a minimum of an NVQ level 3 in Childcare, or you need to be actively working towards an NVQ level 3 and currently hold a level 2 in Childcare or an equivalent qualification.

We will support you to take the next steps in your journey and become your best self.

If you don’t quite have the experience or qualifications to become a Room Leader, but you are interested in developing your skills, then take a look at our Apprenticeship Programme with Fennies Academy. The programme offers a fantastic opportunity for those passionate about working in the early years to become a qualified Room Leader.

At Fennies, we have many training days, programmes and courses you can join. Each one offers a great opportunity to enhance your childcare and child development knowledge. You’ll be given the opportunity to develop your career all with the support of Fennies Academy.

Fennies Academy is part of our commitment to the learning and development of internal staff throughout Fennies and new employees. It has been designed to meet the needs of anyone looking to have a career in the childcare sector, no matter the route they want to take or the qualifications they are looking to achieve. To learn more about what Fennies Academy has to offer, visit our Academy pages.

We have nurseries in London, Surrey and Kent. To find your closest setting go to the Our Nurseries pages.

A Nursery Room Leader position at Fennies is a full-time job. You will work five days a week, Monday to Friday.

Fennies Nurseries offer nursery and preschool places for children between the ages of 3 months to 5 years. We have different rooms, which are specifically designed for the different development stages in the early years. Which room you are placed in will depend on 3 things: your preferred age group, your specialised experience and the vacancies we have available.

Yes. Through your experience working in preschool, day nurseries or other childcare settings, you’ll have a good working knowledge of a child’s development. You will be able to implement your knowledge through the expected patterns of development. Through your studies, you will know the EYFS syllabus, Birth to 5 Matters and be versed in additional learning such as Makaton, STEM of Phonics.

For both of these positions, you will need to have the relevant qualification and experience. However, the safety, responsibility and management of the team are directed by the Room Leader. If the Room Leader is not in the nursery room at any time, the Deputy Room Leader takes on the roles and responsibilities of the Room Leader. Therefore, it is important that both staff members are confident in managing the other staff members, ensuring the health & safety of the children, and they have the other necessary knowledge by attending regular courses.

Applying for a job at Fennies couldn’t be simpler. You can either send in your cover letter and CV to recruitment@fennies.com or fill out the application form.