Senior Experience Nursery Nurse (Room Leader)

Sapphire Nursery School
Kingston Upon Thames
11 Feb 2019
14 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Ethos Statement for Staff

The ethos of Sapphires centres on the loving relationship we promise to build with each child, which for the founders is inspired by God’s unconditional love for us. We ask staff to embrace our ethos in the following ways:

· To treat every child, parent and employees of Sapphires with dignity and respect, exercising self-control and patience when guiding children’s behaviour and responding to parents and fellow employees

· To be responsible for providing a well-organised and creative curriculum which encourages children to be the best they can be

· To inspire children through the wonder of the natural world, by exploring the outdoors

· To show the joy of human relationships through kind, authentic interaction, emotional sensitivity and plenty of affirming words, praise and smiles

· To teach that kindness to others is a blessing to all and to model this in relationships with children, parents and colleagues


· To model the nursery’s Christian Ethos and inspire other to do the same (see Sapphires Nursery School Ethos attached)

Scope of Position:

· To ensure a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for all children.

· To support, guide and lead a team of staff effectively.

· To work as part of a team in order to provide an enabling environment in which all individual children can engage, learn and develop.

Key Responsibilities:


· Liaise with parents, the local authority and other professionals associated with nursery.

· Ensure staff are deployed effectively within the room to meet the needs of all children.

· Monitor the record keeping, planning and assessment from each member of staff under your supervision.

· Support staff under training by modeling good practice and sharing knowledge and expertise.

· Support all team members with the early identification and intervention for children with possible Special Educational Needs and give physical, emotional, intellectual guidance as appropriate.

· Support all staff to engage in good team working.

· To take an active involvement with additional activities such as parent’s evenings, open days, training and staff meetings.

· Undertake certain domestic jobs within nursery, for example; preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment and such other duties and responsibilities of an equivalent nature as may be determined from time to time by the Manager.

· Read, understand and adhere to all policies and procedures relevant to the role of Baby Room Leader, and ensure all staff are adhering to such policies and procedures.

· To ensure all information received within nursery is kept strictly confidential.

Teaching and Learning

· Formulate and operate a programme of rich and varied activities that meet the individual learning needs of all children.

· Keep high quality records of your key children’s learning development through observations to inform future planning.

· Assess the progress of each key child. Monitor any emerging gaps and implement effective interventions.

· To ensure that meal times are a time of pleasant social sharing by modeling positive behaviours.

· To develop and maintain strong partnerships with parents and communications with parents and carers to ensure the needs of each individual child are being met.

· Ensure the provision of a high quality environment to meet the needs of all children regardless of any disabilities, family backgrounds or medical history.

· Take opportunities to introduce the children to new learning experiences wherever possible.

Health and Safety

· Ensure high standards of safety, hygiene and cleanliness are maintained at all times.

· Wash and change children as required.

· Report and record all accidents that occur under your supervision.

· Take a shared responsibility for the safety of each individual child. Only allow known and agreed adults to collect the children.

· Ensure poorly children are kept comfortable and warm and parents are notified immediately in order for the child to be collected.

Person Specification





· A childcare qualification at level 3

· A degree in a relevant childcare qualification

· Early Years Teacher/Qualified Teacher Status

· Pediatric first-aid qualification


· A minimum of two years post qualifying experience of nursery management in a full day care setting

· Experience in a supervisory capacity of delivering care and education to young children

· Experience of leading and supporting a staff team to improve practice

· Experience of developing positive relationships with colleagues, parents, children and outside agencies

· Experience of managing nursery finances, including invoicing, chasing debts and managing salary budgets

· Experience or knowledge of Ofsted requirements

Knowledge & Skills

· Knowledge and understanding of the Children’s Act

· The ability to work on own initiative and prioritise workload

· Knowledge of the EYFS and child development

· Ability to lead, coach and motivate a team

· UK driving license – full and clean

· Knowledge and understanding of Equal Opportunities

· Excellent organisational abilities

· Awareness of health and safety legislation

· Ability to use a range of IT equipment

· A working knowledge of nursery software packages

· Ability to successfully market the setting

· A clear understanding of the importance of confidentiality

· Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines

· Excellent communication skills

· Knowledge of safer recruitment practice

Personal Qualities

· A passion for working with children

· A willingness to model the school’s Christian Ethos and values thought the conduct and responses outlined in the Ethos statement

· Personal integrity

· Friendly, reliable and flexible approach

· Trustworthiness

· Punctuality

· Robustness

· Ability to cope under pressure

· Willingness to follow instructions and adhere to policy

· A co-operative and collaborative approach

· A positive outlook

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