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Toddler Room Leader

Employer
Mayfield Nursery
Location
10 mins walk from Tooting Bec underground station, Few mins from local Bus stop
Salary
Up to £28,000 per annum + benefits
Closing date
16 May 2024

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We are seeking a dedicated and passionate Toddler Room Leader to join our wonderful nursery team. The ideal candidate will embrace and support Mayfield Nursery's unique, child-centred philosophy with democratic ethos inspired by A.S. Neill's Summerhill school. At the heart of the approach is the belief that every child is innately good and unique, with individual needs and learning styles that we recognise, appreciate and cater to. In turn we foster an environment where children become confident, caring, valued, independent, motivated and respected individuals.

The successful candidate will demonstrate strong leadership skills, a genuine passion for child development, particularly in the toddler age group, and the ability to provide a nurturing and supportive environment for both children and staff. As the Toddler Room Leader, you will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the toddler room, managing a team of educators, and ensuring the delivery of high-quality care and education. If you are a caring, compassionate individual with excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, we encourage you to apply for this rewarding position.

Responsibilities:

  1. Lead and supervise a team of educators in the toddler room, providing guidance, support, and mentorship as needed.
  2. Plan, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate activities and experiences that promote the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of toddlers.
  3. Create a warm, nurturing, and safe environment that fosters positive relationships and encourages exploration and learning.
  4. Establish and maintain effective communication with parents/guardians, keeping them informed about their child's progress, development, and daily experiences.
  5. Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations, policies, and procedures governing childcare and early education.
  6. Conduct regular observations and assessments of children's development, and use this information to inform planning and curriculum decisions.
  7. Collaborate with other room leaders and nursery management to promote continuity of care and effective transitions for children moving between rooms.
  8. Handle administrative tasks such as rotas, record-keeping, and inventory management efficiently and accurately.
  9. Foster a positive work environment where teamwork, professionalism, and mutual respect are valued and encouraged.
  10. Stay abreast of current trends, research, and best practices in early childhood education and participate in professional development opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills.

Qualifications and Experience:

  1. Full and relevant Level 3 and or above (equivalent) Childcare qualification
  2. Previous experience working as a Room Leader (minimum 2 years)
  3. Previous experience working with toddlers in a childcare setting, with demonstrated knowledge of toddler development and behaviour management strategies.
  4. Strong leadership skills, with the ability to motivate, inspire, and empower team members to achieve excellence.
  5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build positive relationships with children, families, and colleagues.
  6. Caring, compassionate, and patient demeanour, with a genuine love for working with young children.
  7. Ability to manage time effectively, prioritise tasks, and multitask in a fast-paced environment.
  8. Clear DBS.

Benefits:

  1. Competitive salary, commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  2. Opportunities for career advancement and professional development through ongoing training and support.
  3. Generous holiday allowance and paid time off - 25 days plus bank holidays.
  4. Enhanced Pension scheme contributions.
  5. Employee assistance program, this offers support and practical advice on issues that might be impacting your wellbeing.
  6. Discounted gym membership for the gym located next door to the nursery
  7. Mindfulness and Financial wellbeing apps and more!

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