Room Leader

Contract: Room Leader
Salary: £22,172 per year (pro rata for part time)
Location: YMCA Blinco Grove, 100 Blinco Grove, Cambridge CB1 7TS
Hours:  40 hours per week over 4 days – Part Time considered
Deadline: Ongoing
Job Reference: RL-BG


About Us


Blinco Grove in Cambridge is the newest of 6 Childcare Settings operated by YMCA Trinity Group, recently attaining a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating.

Our provision opened at the start of 2020 is close to the heart of the City of Cambridge, just around the corner from Addenbrookes and caters for children aged 3 months to 5 years. We operate 51 weeks a year from 7.30am to 6pm.

Despite the Global pandemic, Blinco Grove has thrived into a popular and flourishing childcare setting. This has led to a growing waiting list and increasing number of job opportunities to join our friendly, fun and welcoming childcare team.

“The friendly and supportive staff have helped our daughter to settle in really quickly. Each day she comes home with a big smile on her face and something she has drawn, made or baked!” – Parent


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Job Role


Blinco Grove has a waiting list of children eager to join, and we’re looking for a dynamic, passionate, committed individual to join our dedicated team as a Room Leader within our pre-school room.

The role will involve supporting the Childcare Management in being responsible for the day to day running and administration for the room and ensuring high quality inclusive childcare is continually provided. The successful candidate will be skilled, imaginative, have vision, drive and the ability to motivate. They will be flexible, approachable and able to demonstrate professional leadership as well as being able to demonstrate outstanding knowledge of the standards required by Ofsted.


I love the sense of feeling like one big family, I couldn’t imagine wanting to work anywhere else” – Leah, YMCA Blinco Grove


Skills and Experience    

If you can answer yes to the following questions, then you may be the person we have been searching for….

  • Can you sing out of tune?
  • Can you tell the story of “We are going on a Bear hunt” without the book?
  • Are you happy to jump in muddy puddles, and to sing in the rain?
  • Do you like to get messy?
  • Can you sit on small chairs and pretend to eat plastic food?

The successful candidate must hold a full and relevant level 3 early years qualification , with extensive working knowledge of the EYFS. The ability to lead a team and work alongside other practitioners – sharing ideas, role modelling and supporting their professional development is a must. A genuine respect for our children and families, offering support and guidance in their Early Years, is essential for this role.

Job Description


Please read our job description:


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Room Leader Job Description (165KB, PDF)

Days and hours


This role is for 40 hours per week to be worked over 4 days.

Part Time / Job Share options will be considered – get in touch if you would like to discuss. The setting operates Monday to Friday between 7.30am and 6.30pm-Contracted hours are scheduled on a rota basis between these hours

Salary and benefits


In return we offering a salary of £22,172 per annum. (Pro rata for part time hours)

Additional benefits we offer include:


  • 5 weeks holiday plus public holidays (Pro rata for part time staff)
  • Free use of the YMCA Gym at Queen Anne House in Cambridge
  • 20% Discount for staff who have children enrolled at YMCA Childcare Nurseries, After School and/or Holiday Clubs where applicable
  • Competitive rates of pay and pension
  • DBS Check Facilitated / Cost Paid
  • Induction programme and on the job training opportunities
  • Regular supervisions
  • Internal progression opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme

Closing date


This is an ongoing vacancy and early application is advised.

Please note: When we find the right candidate we will withdraw this vacancy (previous applicants need not apply).


Contact us

For further information, please contact our Childcare Programme Manager Amanda Spence.

Text 07912516827 for a call back or email /

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Please read our Application Guidance (243KB, PDF) for support on applying.


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We would be grateful if you could also complete our Equality and Diversity Form.

If you are having trouble completing your online job application please contact and a member of our HR Team will be able to assist you.

Important Information


Unless stated otherwise, we do require an application form, completed in full, should you wish to be formally considered for a role with YMCA Trinity Group. Applications are scored against the relevant job description. CV’s will not be considered as a formal application but as an expression of interest only. Occasionally we fill a role sooner than expected, we reserve the right to withdraw vacancies before an advertised closing date. Early application is advised. An email is sent to confirm receipt of application forms, please contact us if you have a problem submitting your application.


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