Babies Room Leader

Ymca Fairthorne Group

Date Posted: Dec 1, 2017 Closing Date: Mar 15, 2018
Job Status: Live Last Updated: Feb 13, 2018
Location: Isle of Wight Salary/Rate: Not Specified

Job description

Do you have a passion for childcare? Are you able to lead and support a dedicated team of childcare professionals working with babies? Do you enjoy inspiring children to learn through play, being active and exciting in all you do? If yes, then we have the role for you!

YMCA Fairthorne Group are looking to recruit a Room Leader at YMCA Nursery in Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Your new role involves being responsible for the day to day running of the baby room and leadership of the staff team. There is also an expectation that you will continuously drive quality improvements, lead from the front by example in excellent practice, and embrace the ethos of our YMCA in helping to provide an environment in which babies can truly belong, contribute and thrive. You should be adaptable and flexible, keen to use not just the indoor and outdoor spaces on site but also the local area. You must be level 3 qualified with at least 2 years leadership experience in a childcare environment.

As our Babies Room Leader you will: -

Be responsible for the running of the room, ensuring the babies are well cared for, their development supported and the staff team managed. On a daily basis, this includes ensuring routines are planned and delivered effectively, staffing ratios are maintained and the children’s needs met.

Contribute towards continually improving the nursery’s practice and environment. Administer an ongoing action plan that clearly identifies the needs and requirements of your room and who is responsible for completing each task. Complete audits and reviews on the environment’s effectiveness.

Ensure a diverse curriculum of activities for all children in your room based on their individual needs and The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. This should consider the indoor and outdoor environment and should challenge and stretch the interests of the children and allow them to become confident, capable and have a positive self image.

Promote and role model best nursery practice, particularly in social interaction and relationships with children.

Support a nominated group of key children.

Ensure that the development of each child is recognised, recorded and shared appropriately with parents and colleagues and that these are monitored and maintained regularly with the senior management team.

Provide SENCO/INCO cover to the nursery as required.

Provide a safe environment with risk assessments in place.

Line manage and support nursery nurses, apprentices and volunteers working in your room, assisting when needed with their development and using tools such as peer observations and regular reviews.

Deputise for the manager as required, including the opening and closing of the nursery in accordance with YMCA procedures.

Ensure safeguarding is of the highest priority and report any concerns immediately.

Champion the YMCA Way in all interactions and activities that you do.

Attend any training courses, conferences and nursery meetings as required, some of which maybe outside of the normal working hours, and continually update knowledge of current childcare issues, legislation and practices.

Ensure you act in the interests of your own safety and the safety of others at all times.

Follow YMCA Fairthorne Group’s Safeguarding, Child Protection and Safer Working practice policies at all times and take any concerns regarding health and/or well being to the senior management team.

Anything else reasonably requested by the senior management team or the YMCA Fairthorne Group.

As our Room Leader you will have: -


NVQ3 / NNEB or equivalent childcare / early years qualification.

A minimum of 2 year’s experience working with appropriate age range.

First aid qualification (or willingness to train towards).

Basic knowledge of health and safety.

Demonstrable experience of effective working within a team.


Early Years Professional or Teacher status.

Current driving licence.

Experience of leading a team.

In return for being our Room Leader you will get: -

Salary between £16,500 and £20,500

37.5 hours per week (shifts fall between 7.45am and 6.15pm Monday to Friday)


Holiday scheme/Daycamp Discount

Cycle scheme

30% discount for your own child/dependant attending one of our nursery settings, (during your work time)

Discount on Birthday Parties

Free membership of YMCA Fairthorne Group

Holiday accrual with length of service

If you are looking to join our team and meet the criteria above, please apply below

Appointment is subject to references and an enhanced DBS check. Registered charity 1090981

Job Type: Full-time