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  • Full Time
  • SE15 1JB
  • Bird in Bush
  • 36.25hrs p/w

Job Details

  • Job Posted: 1 month ago
  • Hours: 36.25hrs p/w
  • Salary: £20,483.72 - £21,756.68
  • Qualification: Level 3 and above in Early Years Childcare or equivalent
  • Location: 616 Old Kent Road,
    SE15 1JB
  • Bus Routes: 21, 53, 172, 453, N21

Job Description

We are looking for an Expert Room Leader to join our exceptional organisation.

  • Are you a Qualified Nursery Practitioner with Leadership experience?
  • Can you manage your team with passion and positivity?
  • Are you looking for a new opportunity to develop your career?
  • Do you hold a full and relevant childcare level 3 (or above) qualification?
  • Are you looking for a setting with great transport links?



We are seeking a dynamic and knowledgeable Room Leader to join our friendly team in our Bird in Bush Nursery.

The successful candidate will have strong leadership skills and be able to encourage enthusiasm in their team whilst maintaining a stimulating environment for the children.

This is a great opportunity for progression and personal growth.



LEYF is the largest childcare social enterprise in the UK, we are a registered charity and not for profit organisation.

Our mission is to ‘save the world one child at a time’, we do this through ensuring we provide quality education and care to children across London. We offer the highest number of free places to children from deprived backgrounds, believing that every child deserves the best start life.



Located along Old Kent Road, in the heat of the local community in Peckham, our Bird in Bush nursery is easily accessible by local bus routes.

The staff team are led by our nurturing and adventurous nursery manager and deputy nursery manager, who champion our unique LEYF Pedagogy. Our Bird in Bush Nursery joined the LEYF family in May 2014 and were rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in September 2014.

Bird in Bush is a one story 55-place nursery for children aged 0-5 years old, comprising of 3 rooms with 2 outdoor spaces for our children and is open 55 weeks of the year.



Our Bird in Bush Nursery is open 08.00-18.00 All year round except bank holidays.

You will be required to work on shift patterns with other staff members depending on the nursery’s requirements



  • 50% off of childcare
  • 7% pension contribution from employer
  • Up to 25 days annual leave + bank holiday + 3 days over Christmas
  • 10% off GLL gym membership


Job Requirements


Role and Responsibilities not limited to:

  • Responsible for the day to day running of their designated room
  • To distribute staff and resources effectively, maintaining ratios while supporting other rooms
  • To lead the planning of age appropriate activities
  • Carry out observations, be a good role model and remain professional to staff, children always
  • Coaching/supporting staff



  • Level 3 or above in childcare or equivalent
  • At least 2 years in an Early Years setting
  • Experience in leadership is essential
  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of EYFS
  • Observation and Assessment knowledge
  • Understanding the difference between safeguarding and child protection
  • Training/courses completed in management are desirable

Working at Bird in Bush

  • Long established team
  • Beautiful large garden area
  • Work with diverse local community

Age Range: 3 months - 5 years
OFSTED Rating: Good


Meet the Nursery Manager

I've worked at Bird in Bush nursery for over 17 years, although LEYF took it over in 2014. Our nursery is special because it's located on the Old Kent Road, which was originally part of an ancient trackway that was paved by the Romans and used by the Anglo-Saxons! Bird in Bush opened in the 1920s as the Welfare Centre for Children and Families and has been a beacon in the community ever since. I feel humble and proud to be part of the nursery's history and to be able to leave positive imprints on our children's lives - present and future. I believe that every child is a uniquely special individual who must be provided with a secure, caring and stimulating an environment in which to grow and mature cognitively, emotionally, physically and socially.


Working at LEYF

We know it’s our people who make LEYF great. That’s why we value each staff member and offer:

● Pay and conditions above the national average in the nursery sector
● A nurturing, fun and value-led working environment
● An award-winning staff training and development programme
● The opportunity to make a real difference to children’s lives


Address: 616 Old Kent Road,
SE15 1JB

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