Toddler Room Team Leader

Salary: £19,760.00 to £20,384 per annum

Location: Oakwood House

We are seeking full-time Toddler Room / Team Leader to work at our Ofsted Outstanding Oakwood House Forest School in Edgerton, Huddersfield. Nursery Practitioners with leadership experience required (Level 3 or higher) Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) &/or Forest School desirable Salary: £9.50 - £10.00ph House: 40 hour week Mon-Fri To run a 33 place Toddler room with approx 9 members of staff at Oakwood House Forest School. This position is for maternity cover until early 2022, however the offer of employment will be a permanent contract with Portland Nurseries. You will be part of a long-serving & established company providing high quality child care and education for children since 1991. We require highly motivated, competent individuals with strong leadership & communication skills that are happy working outdoors in all weathers. Excellent prospects for personal and professional development Must be available to work between the hours of 7.30am and 6.00pm. This is not for a "school hour" or term-time vacancy.

Key Responsibilities

Childcare & Education

  • Lead the team within your room and to implement the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum with a focus on Forest School learning.
  • Provide a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care
  • Ensure the standards of environment, resources and experiences offered to children are of the highest standard.
  • Lead planning for the EYFS and ensure rich and diverse outdoor play experiences are offered
  • Maintain accurate and effective children’s records
  • Promote and facilitate partnership with parents/carers and other family members
  • Ensure that the induction process for new children is effective and adapted to suit the child and the parents
  • Support the development of good practice with regard to special needs and inclusion
  • Ensure that children are kept safe and your team understands Child protection procedures
  • Ensure the nutritional needs of the children are met and Food Safety Regulations are complied with.
  • Develop and maintain professional working relationships with advisory teachers, schools, health professionals and local Sure Start programmes as appropriate.
  • Ensure the effective implementation of key person procedures within your room and be a key person carrying out all related responsibilities in building relationships with children and their families
  • Ensure the smooth transition of the children to the next room and involve parents/carers in the timing
  • Ensure children spend as much time as possible outside in the fresh air
  • Remain abreast of current developments in childcare and education policy and practice

Health and Safety

  • Undertake a shared responsibility for health, safety and cleanliness throughout the nursery
  • Ensure the general cleanliness of the children at all times
  • Adhere to Health and Safety policies, to manage risk and ensure any remedial action is taken immediately
  • Be fully aware of all emergency and security procedures e.g. fire precautions, security, dropping off and collection of children
  • Operate the highest standard of hygiene and cleanliness particularly in the bedding and nappy changing area and food surface areas
  • Assist in maintaining the nursery buildings, resources and equipment to a high standard reporting maintenance or cleaning issues appropriately and promptly.


  • Promote the nursery to current parents and potential customers
  • Support the manager and staff during regulatory inspections and to assist in the implementation of any recommendations
  • Be reflective about own leadership role to ensure that the process of self improvement is continuous and enhances performance.


  • Support and supervise room staff with their day to day duties
  • Ensure that new staff have a meaningful induction
  • Support staff access training and personal and professional development
  • Act as a role model to other staff, demonstrating good practice and motivating and inspiring the staff team
  • Support and mentor staff and students
  • Work with other room leaders to ensure a consistent approach
  • Be responsible for participating in all self-development activities including appraisals, supervisions and observations and be responsible for the updating of their Personal Development Plans (PDP’s)
  • Support the recruitment, teambuilding and training of staff
  • Ensure time is used effectively, demonstrate good time management prioritising for self and others.
  • Support and motivate all staff to ensure they feel included, responsible, optimizing their performance to engage in a good staff team.


  • Undertake other duties as reasonably requested by line management
  • Conduct parent show arounds when needed and be confident when dealing with parent concerns
  • Adhere to all company policies and procedures
  • Be prepared to undertake additional training and qualifications
  • Attend and be involved with, out of working hours activities, e.g. training, parents’ meetings, open days, children’s Christmas party and regular planning/staff meetings.
  • Undertake certain domestic jobs within the Nursery, e.g. preparation of snack meals, cleansing of equipment and other such duties and responsibilities of an equivalent nature as may be determined from time to time by the manager.
  • Portland Nurseries is an equal opportunities employer committed to safeguarding children. DBS check essential

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