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full time

Nursery Room Leader/Third In Charge

Key Facts


Nursery Room Leader


Up to £28,000





Job Type

Full time

About Fennies

Fennies opened its first nursery in 1992, with the vision to create a happy, vibrant and innovative learning environment where all children are nurtured to flourish academically, culturally, and socially. We offer an enhanced delivery of the EYFS with a contemporary approach to learning with linguistics lessons, sports coaching, and well-being activities.

Our employees are at the heart of Fennies, practitioners have access to continuous internal training an extensive well-being program and access to multiple benefits. Support is offered from our wider collective of experts, from areas such as education, communications and HR. Our forward-thinking practice allows staff to thrive within their careers and their daily routines. All our settings are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, to provide the ‘right start for under 5’s!’

Overview of the role

Accountable to: Nursery Manager

Aims: To assist with the management and day-to-day running of the nursery. To provide the highest standard of care and education to the children placed in our care. To lead and manage staff in your room.

Main Tasks:

  • Stimulate and interact with each individual child,
  • Assist with the running of the room,
  • Liaise with parents with regards to children’s progress,
  • Attend staff meetings and courses as required,
  • Undertake supervision of work placement students and apprentices,
  • Use the EYFS effectively,
  • Work actively using the key person system,
  • Mentor team members with training needs,
  • Step into the role of Deputy Manager or Manager in their absence

When either the Manager or Deputy Manager are absent you are also expected to cover the following responsibilities:

  • Assist with monitoring staff to ensure policies and procedures are being followed,
  • Monitor all staff as necessary and deal with any issues,
  • Be an excellent role model and demonstrate polite communication skills with both parents and staff.
  • Communicate politely and effectively to all members of staff, parents and associated personnel.
  • Be aware of each child’s daily dietary requirement and ensure all staff including the chef/cook are aware of those needs.
  • Have overall responsibility for a specific age group in the nursery. To ensure that your team completes all relevant observations and planning each week.
  • Ensure that all displays within the rooms and the hallways, staff room and office are completed. Children’s work should be displayed, interesting and labelled accordingly.
  • If the manager is absent deal with any complaints effectively and with confidence.
  • Check uniforms adhere to uniform policy.

Salary and benefits

  • Bonus scheme
  • Bike to work scheme
  • Lunch provided
  • Pension Scheme
  • Up to 33 days annual leave including bank holidays
  • Refer a friend bonus – up to £500
  • Free uniform, training, DBS check
  • Ongoing continuous development and early years quality training and mentoring
  • Fennies Fresh – discounted food from our in-house dinner takeaway service
  • Excellent career progression opportunities
  • Regular and refresher training in first aid and safeguarding

Qualifications and experience

  • A Level 3 qualification in Childcare such as EYE, NVQ, CACHE or recognised equivalent
  • Up-to-date first aid and safeguarding training
  • Good knowledge of child protection procedures and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • Excellent references and a clear enhanced DBS (DBS is paid for by Fennies)
  • Passion for delivering high quality childcare and learning
  • Exceptional communication skills, energy and a positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Team player

Fennies Day Nurseries is committed to the safeguarding of children, and child protection screening will apply to this post. Some of the information that we request is for this purpose.

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