RAFAKidz – Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Lead


RAFAKidz Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Lead

£42-£45k plus car allowance

Based at our HQ in Leicester LE3 1UT with agile working.  Required to travel throughout UK to visit settings.

A UK driving licence is an essential requirement for this role

Who we are

RAFAKidz is working hard to build something special, designed to meet the needs of Armed Forces and civilian families, providing affordable and high quality childcare.  Children and their families are at the heart of everything we do. RAFAKidz nurseries are located across the country on (or close to) RAF and MOD stations. All our nurseries are fully OFSTED registered, and we pride ourselves of our commitment to safeguarding and quality assurance.

RAFAKidz works with children, families and partner organisation to help ensure that every child is supported to achieve their potential. Our close links to the RAF, broader military and the RAF Association, ensure that we provide an environment and curriculum designed to meet the needs of serving families, at an affordable price.

About the role

We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated team member who has an inclusive approach to SEND and wants to help support our nurseries and children achieve their full potential. As the RAFAKidz SEND Lead, you will support nurseries in removing barriers to learning for children with SEND, ensuring all children can access the curriculum appropriately, whilst encouraging quality teaching and learning. You will report to the Director of Operations, who is responsible for leading and driving growth within the RAFAKidz childcare offering.

You will lead the SEND strategy for RAFAKidz nurseries, ensuring the systematic teaching of basic skills and the recording of impact is consistently high. Through collaboration with all stakeholders and outside agencies, you will develop a coherent and effective strategy for inclusion. You will support the delivery of high standards of SEND care and education by ensuring compliance to the SEND policies, procedures and regulatory requirements, providing sound advice to the Operations Managers and Nursery Managers. You will lead, motivate, support, challenge and develop all RAFAKidz employees to ensure continuous improvement.

A full role profile and person specification is available to download on our website www.rafakidz.org.uk

About You

You will have previous experience of SEND delivery within the nursery and education sector, with a minimum Level 3 SEND qualification and Paediatric First Aid (full). You will have excellent working knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage and current Ofsted statutory guidance, with proven practical experience of implementing good quality learning opportunities.

You will have experience in leading and motivating a team, resulting in excellent, proactive team engagement and involvement. You will also have a strength in engaging and communicating appropriately and positively with children, parents and others.


  • Fantastic environment committed to really making a difference.
  • Annual Leave – 33 days including public holidays and time off over the Christmas period.
  • Car Allowance
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) as we know that sometimes life can be tricky, or you might just need some guidance.
  • Free onsite car parking.
  • On-site shower facilities[1].
  • Close to park and ride1.
  • Childcare discounts.

To apply 

To make your application really stand out, please take some time to review that your CV is up to date as we will initially consider your skills and experience based on your CV which align with the role profile and person specification.  Please also consider attaching a cover letter to briefly outline your interest in the role and how your skills and experience match the role profile.

When you are happy with your CV and cover letter, please send to jobs@rafakidz.org.uk.

Please do contact us on 0800 018 2361 if you would like to arrange an informal chat about the wider role and responsibilities.

Closing date                   5 January 2024

The RAF Association is a Disability Confident Employer, please get in touch if you require any assistance with the application process.

We reserve the right to close this opportunity early so please do not delay in applying as we’d love to hear from you.

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