Shropshire Council

Baby room leader / key person, Kidszone, Oswestry


Job title

Baby Room Leader/Key Person

Name and description

Kidszone, Oswestry
Kidszone nursery is a private setting situated in a purpose built building in Eastern Oswestry, and is open during the hours of 7.30am-6pm, Mon-Fri, all year round, excluding Bank Holidays. The nursery accommodates Seventy children aged from three months to twelve years.

Main duties

  • To provide the highest standards of quality care and education.
  • To work within the framework of the Children Act, the Early Years Foundation Stage, Statutory Framework, the Nursery’s Policies and Procedures and current legislation relating to childcare
  • To implement and evaluate planning of suitable experiences and activities for the children in your care, providing a safe and stimulating environment for the children to develop.
  • To ensure that health and safety and security measures are constantly maintained
  • Preparation and maintenance of appropriate children’s records, observations and learning journeys and a system of planning for individuals needs and next steps are given to individual key persons and all children’s files are checked and evaluated each term.
  • Foresee the needs of Special Needs children and give physical, emotional, intellectual guidance as appropriate and work alongside parents and the setting SENDco to give full integration in the Nursery and ensuring that individual plans are adhered to by yourself and the key persons under you.
  • Work positively as part of a whole team, using initiative, sharing information and being flexible whenever necessary.
  • To work in close partnership and to develop and maintain good relationships with parents / carers and other family members.
  • To attend ALL out of working hours activities, e.g. training, staff meetings, parents evenings, events, etc.
  • To be flexible within working practices of nursery. Be prepared to help where needed, including to undertake certain domestic jobs within the nursery, e.g. preparation of snack, cleansing of equipment, putting out bins, laundry, etc. Also flexibility with regard to working in different rooms as and when required to ensure effective operation of the nursery and ensure staff deployment is managed at all times.
  • Work alongside the Manager and staff team to ensure that the vision, philosophy and objectives of the nursery are fulfilled.
  • To respect and maintain confidentiality in relation to children, families, staff and the nursery.
  • To supervise staff and students in training and maintain a proactive and professional team.
  • To ensure the provision of a high-quality environment to meet the needs of individual children from differing cultures and religious backgrounds, and stages of development.
  • To be aware of the high profile of the nursery and to uphold its standards at all times. To be an ambassador for the nursery both within the nursery and in the wider community.
  • To ensure good standards of hygiene and safety standards appropriate for the needs of young children.
  • To initiate and conduct effective risk assessment.
  • Supervise, direct, support, motivate and performance manage the staff team.
  • To provide support to unqualified team members and students who are pursuing a childcare qualification.
  • To have an awareness of the requirements of the nursery as a whole and to be familiar with the routines of each of the rooms.
  • To ensure all daily routines are adhered to and records kept up to date.
  • To oversee an effective key person system.
  • To attend management meetings.
  • To assist the manager and deputy manager in the management and leadership of a diverse staff team.
  • To carry out any ad hoc projects/duties as requested by the manager.
  • To attend any relevant training as deemed appropriate by manager and ensure safeguarding, First Aid and health & safety training and knowledge is up to date.

Essential requirements

  • Level 3 qualification (or more) in early years and childcare, or equivalent
  • 2 years’ experience of working in the Baby room
  • Knowledge and Experience of working with children with Special Educational needs and Disability in the Early Years.
  • GCSE in English and Maths Grade C or above
  • Proven experience of working with young children
  • A sound understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage, child development, and the needs of children from birth to five
  • Good communication skills
  • Knowledge of child protection procedures
  • A commitment to equal opportunities, and an understanding of equality and diversity issues
  • Ability to plan, organise and work on own initiative
  • Willingness to update skills and undertake further training
  • Eligibility to live and work in the UK. NB This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and applicants must be prepared to disclose any convictions or orders made against them. An enhanced DBS and subscription to the update service is required for this role 

Desirable requirements

  • Experience of being a room leader
  • An understanding of the play-based approach to children's learning and development
  • A friendly and flexible approach which develops effective relationships
  • Work well as part of a team


TBA depending on experience

Hours to be worked

Approx 40 hours per week

Closing date for applications

Friday 14 July 2019

Contact details

Contact Kerry Davies
Tel: 01691 659766 or