Room Leader – Faversham Nursery
Job Purpose and accountability
The Room Leader reports to the Nursery Manager in the first instance.
The Room Leader leads and manages a room within the nursery and must be able to work with a team to provide high quality learning opportunities and care for the children in that room, based on the needs and interests of those children
Lead the promotion of health, safety and wellbeing of the children in the room
Be a key person carrying out all related responsibilities in building relationships with a small group of children and their families – this includes completing Key Person planning and individual children’s learning journey’s and supporting your buddy in their absence
To be able to provide first line supervision to the staff within the room. Monitor and ensure high quality practice and interactions of your staff. Leaders will also be responsible to carry out observations on staff to ensure there is high quality practice within the room.
Be a role model for this and observe high quality of teaching.
Teaching should not be taken to imply a ‘top down’ or formal way of working. It is a broad term that covers the many different ways in which adults help young children learn. It includes their interactions with children during planned and child-initiated play and activities: communicating and modelling language; showing, explaining, demonstrating, exploring ideas; encouraging, questioning, recalling; providing a narrative for what they are doing; facilitating and setting challenges. It takes account of the equipment adults provide and the attention given to the physical environment, as well as the structure and routines of the day that establish expectations. Integral to teaching is how practitioners assess what children know, understand and can do, as well as taking account of their interests and dispositions to learn (characteristics of effective learning), and how practitioners use this information to plan children’s next steps in learning and monitor their progress. Ofsted 2019 page 33.
Duties and Responsibilities
- To be a role model in planning purposeful, exciting and high-quality activities for the children in your care and ensure that your staff are following this within your room.
- Respond appropriately to any issues requiring confidentiality
- Maintain and review accurate and effective children’s records within their individual learning journey’s and monitor staff’s completion of these including
- progress tracking.
- Demonstrate and lead good practice with the team and ensure compliance with the EYFS framework
- Deploy staff effectively to maintain staffing ratios in accordance with statutory regulations
- Have a good and clear expectation of a high standard of cleanliness of your classroom and the nursery.
- Attend and encourage team to attend training sessions and staff meetings necessary for continuing professional development
- Lead and promote parent partnership through regular and in depth communication and activities.
- Work with the team and support the manager to achieve a “good” or better Ofsted outcome
- Keeping and monitoring accident, incident and risk assessment records
- Liaise with parents and staff to ensure smooth transition process to prepare for their next stage of learning.
- Practice and role model positive behaviour management techniques
- A full and relevant level 3 qualification
- You will also be expected to complete the following training if you have not already done so, This will be supplied by Townsend Montessori Nurseries Ltd and kept up to date. This will be completed during your probation period.
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – online
- Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) – online
- Prevent and Radicalisation – online
- Safer Food Handler – Food Hygiene – online
- Allergen Training – online
- Online Child Protection training, then a 3 hour Safeguarding training session
- 12 hour paediatric first aid qualification
- Observation and planning – Recognise the importance of observation and be able to organise staff to enable effective observations and plans to happen
- Curriculum Framework – Good knowledge of the EYFS
- Safeguarding/child protection issue – A thorough understanding of child protection and how to apply safe guarding procedures
- Equality and diversity – Understand the importance of ensuring equality and diversity in a nursery setting
- Transitions – Understand and support children’s transitions
- Managing self – Ability to self-manage, be flexible, adaptable and embrace new ways of doing things
- Confidentiality – Understand issues of confidentiality and its importance in the early years setting.