Job Description and Person Specification

Second in Charge

Person Specification

An enthusiastic, energetic and dedicated individual will be required to take advantage of this challenging and exciting opportunity. The successful candidate will have to demonstrate a genuine passion for providing the highest standards in quality childcare and must enjoy the company of children. Strong communication skills and team-working abilities are essential.

  • The successful candidate must have a good understanding of:

  • Children’s needs and behaviour

  • The need to set appropriate limits for children

  • The need to help children respect people of different race, ability, gender, religion and culture

  • The importance of and procedures to follow regarding Safeguarding children

  • The importance of supporting children’s transitions

  • The successful candidate must:

  • Display honesty with self and others

  • Be able to form warm relationships

  • Maintain a professional approach at all times

  • Have a clear understanding of the importance of confidentiality


Qualifications and Training

  •  (NVQ3/NNEB minimum: as long as candidate is in process of studying for EY degree/EYP)

  • Current First Aid qualification

  • Equal Opportunities

  • Child Protection

  • Behaviour Management

  • EYFS

  • PC skills



  • 2 years post-qualifying experience in a day care setting

  • Working with babies

  • An understanding of team management



  • To assume the role of Head of Room in their absence and support the Head of Room with every day running and organisation of the room.


Reports to

  • Management Team including the Owners, Group Manager and Nursery Manager, Deputy Manager and Head of Room.

  • Annual performance appraisals to be conducted by the Head of Room.

  • Required to attend general team meetings all annual events (list to be supplied).


Tasks & Responsibilities



  • To take full responsibility for all new children’s starter information for the room; tray, peg, chair, self-registration labels.

  • To allocate display boards out between staff members in the room and make sure that they are changed on at least a 2 monthly basis.

  • To take full responsibility for organising photo’s for the room, to print out on a weekly basis, cut and put into staff pigeon holes.

  • Make sure the room is set up with the six areas of learning everyday and the children have free flow opportunity between inside and outside.

  • Ensure early and late jobs are done to the correct stand everyday and speak to the appropriate staff if they are not.

  • Ensure room staff have been allocated time out for files and planning on a weekly basis.

  • To meet parents and carry out ‘Welcome to Red Room’ meetings for new parents and parents of children changing rooms.

  • Help manage staff and carry out staff one to ones.

  • Keep the role play areas fresh and exciting and fully stocked.

  • To lead and support all staff members in the room, to guide them and delegate jobs to them.

  • To support new members of staff, give guidance and support with children’s profile and planning.

  • To take full responsibility for monthly sheets within the room, ready to give to manager on last day of the month.

  • To ensure the staff members are consistently working to their full potential.

  • To show prospective parents around the nursery.

  • To make sure all rooms have their children’s registration sheets on a weekly basis.

  • To work with and support the manager to achieve an outstanding Ofstead rating.

  • To act as an Ambassador for Red Balloon and to ensure that the vision, philosophy and objectives behind Red Balloon are fulfilled.