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  • Start date details

    As soon as possible

  • Closing date

    31 July 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    9 July 2024

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Working pattern

Full time: Full-time (37.5 hours per week)

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary


What skills and experience we're looking for

Key Requirements:

  • Qualified at level 3 or above; level 6 desirable
  • Right to work in the UK
  • An exceptional early years teacher
  • Experience and knowledge of early child development
  • Sound knowledge of the legislation and guidelines of the EYFS and an excellent understanding of pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment
  • Genuine passion for and a belief in the potential of every child
  • Commitment to the vision and ambition of Ark Start
  • A robust awareness of keeping children safe, noticing safeguarding and welfare concerns, and you understand how and when to take appropriate action
  • Excellent interpersonal, planning, and organisational skills
  • Resilient, motivated, and committed to achieving excellence
  • Skilled communicator who enjoys working with families
  • Generous manager who can bring out the best in colleagues through coaching and support
  • Commitment to regular and on-going professional development and training to establish outstanding classroom practice

What the school offers its staff


  • A Real Living Wage Employer: We are a Real Living Wage employer with a minimum salary of £13.15 per hour for all roles in London. We also pay 11% pension contributions
  • Ongoing Learning: We are committed to providing the best development for all our staff. We close the nurseries for five days each year to focus on staff training and ensure there is protected time for training and supervision each week for every adult. We work hard to ensure there are clear career progression routes
  • Annual leave: We are proud of our staff and want everyone to feel valued for playing their part. That’s why staff receive 25 days holiday each year, excluding bank holidays
  • Wellbeing: Staff wellbeing is incredibly important to us. We know that while incredibly rewarding, working in a nursery can be challenging. We therefore work hard to ensure all staff have the support and infrastructure they need to take care of their wellbeing
  • Part of a Network: Ark Start is part of Ark, a charity that aims to transform children’s lives through education. Ark operates a network of 39 schools across London, Birmingham, Portsmouth, and Hastings as well as a number of charitable ventures. Being part of a network means our staff get access to the opportunities, infrastructure, and support of a large organisation

Further details about the role

Reporting to: Nursery Manager

Location: Ark Start Globe (Elephant and Castle) and Ark Start St Clement (Holland Park)

Contract: Permanent

Working Pattern: Full-time(37.5 hours per week)

Closing date: 31/07/2024 at 10am

Interviews: w/c 05/08/2024

Salary: Competitive

About the role:

As we expand, we are looking for room leaders to join the founding team at Ark Start Nurseries. This role offers an exciting opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children, shaping their early experiences and laying the foundation for their future success.

The role involves leading the provision for children under 3, ensuring a high standard of physical, emotional, social, and intellectual care. Responsibilities include safeguarding all children, promoting their welfare and safety, and creating an enabling environment for play, learning, and development. The ideal candidate will possess the skill, creativity, commitment, energy, and enthusiasm necessary for leading room practice.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To promote the aims and objectives of the nursery
  • To promote the high standards of the nursery at all times to parents, staff and visitors
  • Model professionalism and escalate any concerns
  • Ensure that opening and closing checklists are completed daily
  • Report any procedural issues around compliance to the Nursery Manager
  • Keep MIS updated
  • Leading setting visits for children joining their room
  • Meet with parents alongside play partner if needed to support difficult conversations
  • Be aware of services and support for families and signpost where appropriate
  • Communicating with Nursery Manager about any resources needed to implement curriculum
  • Plan out environmental enhancements with room team and lead on creation of these in line with project planning
  • Managing the daily running of the room through morning briefings, notice boards and in the moment communication
  • Organise lunches and breaks for staff
  • Implement routines for daily running e.g. snack, lunch, nappies and toileting
  • Support staff in room to write initial concerns
  • Alongside the SENDCo, write IEPs
  • Support staff to implement IEP targets
  • Escalate where additional support is required

Commitment to safeguarding

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants.

All employees must undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment - this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred.

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About Ark Schools

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We’re an international charity, transforming lives through education. We exist to give every young person, regardless of their background, a great education and real choices in life. In the UK, we’re a network of 39 schools, educating around 28,500 pupils in areas where we can make the biggest difference and we’re recognised as one of the highest achieving academy groups in the country. We want to change the lives of children everywhere, not just in our own schools. So, we create and incubate Ventures designed not only to help pupils in Ark schools, but also to improve education systems.

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