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Third in Charge Nursery Jobs

Inspire your team by letting your passion shine with a nursery group that empowers you to develop in your career.

What is a Third in Charge?

As a Third in Charge, you’ll be part of the Management Team in your nursery. You’ll have lots of experience working in a nursery management role through your time as a Room Leader. You’ll have the duties of a Room Leader, so you’ll be the best at implementing creative learning activities and leading your team. When the Management Team are absent, you’ll assist the team by taking on the responsibility of Deputy Manager to help to maintain high standards in your nursery and support the Nursery Manager. You’ll be an exceptional role model in everything and through your positive attitude you’ll empower your team.

If you’re an inspirational Room Leader looking for an exciting opportunity for self-development, then Fennies will give you the training and support you need to take the next steps on your professional journey.

Find your Third in Charge role at Fennies

What does a Third in Charge do?

As a Third in Charge, you’ll assist the Nursery Manager and the Deputy Manager with the day-to-day running of the nursery. Your key responsibilities will include helping with the routines in your room, such as naptimes and mealtimes. You’ll be passionate about the early years educational in your room, and as an experienced Room Leader, you’ll utilise your knowledge of the EYFS curriculum to create fun, inspirational activities for the children and upskill the others in your room. You’ll grow the Fennies family on a daily basis, by building bonds with each child, team member and parent.

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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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You’ll be the best at inspiring those around you to be creative and empowered learners and being a positive role model in your nursery.


You’ll be the best at communicating with your team and the parents about the development of the children and updating them on important procedures.

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You’ll be the best at training your team to reach their full potential, and you want to develop your own skills to take the next steps in your career.


You’ll be the best at providing high-quality childcare while implementing the Early Years Foundation Stage syllabus into your nursery room.

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Health & Safety

You’ll be the best at knowing company policies and procedures, particularly those concerning child protection, or you already have experience of being a Designated Safeguarding Lead in a nursery.

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 Third in Charge

We already have many exceptional team members who work with Fennies, so hear it from an experienced Third in Charge to learn what they love about working with us.
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I have had many positive experiences working together with the parents at Fennies for which I’m grateful. The children see that the parents are happy and relaxed around the key person, which helps them to be happy and enjoy their nursery time.

Ildiko, Third in Charge

We are looking for passionate Third in Charges to join our teams


You’ll need to have a minimum of an NVQ level 2 in Childcare and be working toward your NVQ level 3 in Childcare or equivalent.
At Fennies, we’ll support you on your first step towards a career in nursery management. You can attend many courses and programmes, and you’ll be given the exciting opportunity to develop your career, all with the support of Fennies Academy. To learn more about what Fennies Academy has to offer, visit our Academy pages.
If you’re an experienced Room Co-Ordinator (or you might also have the job role of Room Leader), then becoming a Third in Charge is the next step in your career development. You’ll still be a Room Leader, but with the additional responsibility to support the Managers.
You’ll support the Managers in your nursery by providing feedback on how the teams are performing, and you’ll help promote best practices in childcare in your nursery.
We have nurseries in London, Surrey and Kent. To find your closest setting go to the Our Nurseries pages.
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.