Job Title: Preschool Room Leader

Place of Work: YMCA Bournemouth
Location of Work: Bournemouth
Salary: Salary: YMCA Bournemouth Grade 4 - £16,286 to £19,761 per annum, pro rata, dependent on experience and qualifications. Pro rata, Term Time Only

Details of Hours / Contract Length: The vacancy is for 37.5 hours per week over 5 days, term time only.

Description of Vacancy:
We have a really special role available for a Room Leader in our busy preschool space in Somerset Road, Bournemouth. The candidate must have a minimum of a Level 3 qualification and have experience of managing a small team. We follow in-the-moment planning philosophy, and believe that child-led learning leads to outstanding progress. Part of the role as room leader is to champion this ethos and role-model it to students and practitioners along with explaining it to parents. Experience and passion for this way of working is therefore highly desirable.

You will be able to motivate and support practitioners to deliver outstanding care and education for children aged 2 to 5, but initially 3 to 4 which is the age of the room vacancy. You will be leading a team of up to 8 practitioners including early years’ apprentices. The role demands great interpersonal, organisational and people management skills in addition to role modelling and championing in the moment child-led education and care.

The preschool room holds up to 26 children and the toddler space holds 12 children currently. We are hoping to expand due to high levels of demand for spaces. Here at Teddy’s we promote in-the-moment planning, and therefore have no forward planned activities, but share in the joy of each learning moment that arises with the children. You have the freedom to be as creative as you can to ensure that our children get the best possible learning experience, whilst you have fun too. We also use an online observation system, so no more piles of paperwork!

Fed up of being stuck inside? We have a great outside space and free-flow access to it in all weathers – this is a major part of this role, and so a strong passion for outdoor learning would be highly desirable. We also support several children with additional needs and English as an additional language, and so experience in these areas is a must.

To apply for the above vacancy please find below the contact details - please do not apply to Bournemouth Council for Voluntary Services

Contact Details:

Closing date for applications (on YMCA Bournemouth application forms) is 5 p.m. on Friday, 18 May, 2018. Interviews are to be held on 8 May, 2018. YMCA Bournemouth undertakes to pay all staff aged 21 and over at least the National Living Wage. All applications must be on YMCA Bournemouth application forms, so please complete the documents from our website: and send either via email to, or by post to Sarah Barrett, YMCA Bournemouth, 56 Westover Road, Bournemouth BH1 2BS. If you have no access to computers or printers, please email or call 01202 254890 to receive your application package.

Tel: 01202 290451
Closing Date: 18/05/2018