Empower : Respect : Integrity : Dedication

Title: Room Leader

Reports to: Team Leader

Location: Walton-on-Thames (KT12)

Salary: £30,992.00

The role holder will be required to travel to other nursery settings or locations as required by the company and will be expected to provide support at other sites.

Role Purpose:

The Room Leader is responsible for the day-to-day running of their room and supporting the management team in leading the setting to ensure that high-quality childcare is provided to all. This role profile is not exhaustive, and the Room Leader is expected to fulfil any duty as required for the effective running of the setting.

Below are our benefits and the opportunities within the Company for permanent:

  • A competitive salary package, including pension and occupational sick pay
  • 50% staff discount on childcare places
  • 25% childcare discount for one family member too!
  • Birthday day off OR Christmas Shopping day
  • Inspiring training and career development with a growing company
  • Opportunity to gain further qualifications
  • Company Bonus Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Increasing annual leave with each complete year of service up to a maximum of 33 days (including Bank/Public Holidays)
  • Opportunity to purchase additional Holiday
  • Paid time off for dependents
  • Discount and savings at over 1,500 through PerkPal
  • Monthly staff recognition scheme
  • Annual Christmas party for all Toad Hall Staff

Key Accountabilities:

Early Years:

Act as a role model for the Early Years, ensuring that the EYFS is implemented and followed throughout the room to an exemplary standard.

Engage with the Nursery Management Team to understand and comply with registration and legislative requirements, including any requirements outlined by Ofsted.

Fulfil the role of a key-person to an exemplary standard, providing a positive role model for team members.

Ensure that all nursery initiatives are fully embedded in the room.

Be the first point of contact for any parent queries for children in your room.

Adhere to, and role model best practice safeguarding requirements.

Carry out audits within the room.


Provide day-to-day leadership and management for staff within your room.

Be involved in the recruitment of staff, including but not limited to, short listing, interviewing, and observing safer recruitment practices.

Observe best practice and legislative requirements in all areas of employment and equality legislation.

Assist and proactively support the induction and probation of new staff members.

Support the Nursery Management Team with employment relations issues as required.

Support the Nursery Management Team with the implementation of the company’s performance management cycle.

Identify training needs and support the training and development of the staff within the room.

Carry out return-to-work meetings following periods of absence.

Assist in preparing the staffing rota.


Develop an understanding of budgets and resource requirements and manage a small room budget.

Health and Safety:

Adhere to legislative and company requirements in relation to health and safety.

Proactively manage risk in the nursery and role model safe working practices.


Support the Nursery Management Team in achieving occupancy targets and engaging in wider partnership objectives through the implementation of marketing strategies for the nursery.

Assist in the effective use of social media and other marketing activities as required.

Assist with show rounds for prospective parents and lead your room to present an appropriate image of the nursery during show rounds, including staff engagement with prospective parents.

Building/Utilities Maintenance

Ensure all building and maintenance issues are followed up and well managed.

Take responsibility for the toys, equipment, and overall standards of presentation within the room.

Person Specification:


  • Full and relevant Early Years qualification
  • Full understanding and working knowledge of the EYFS
  • Understanding of the Ofsted inspection framework
  • Experience of leading a team and dealing with staff issues
  • Comprehensive understanding of health and safety requirements
  • Knowledge of equal opportunities legislation
  • Safeguarding training
  • Paediatric first aid
  • Satisfactory DBS check


A higher Early Years qualification, or willing to study

Management/leadership qualification, or willing to study.

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