Nursery practitioner at Bright Horizons

People in this role may also be known as nursery nurses and assistants or nursery nurse.

17 workers in this role at Bright Horizons have taken the survey.

How much does Bright Horizons pay nursery practitioners?

Nursery practitioner at Bright Horizons
£8.02–10.15
Typical range
£7.10–12.16

Nursery practitioner employees at Bright Horizons are typically paid £8.02–10.15 an hour, based on data from 17 employees.

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What is management like for nursery practitioner employees at Bright Horizons?

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do nursery practitioners think Bright Horizons head office understands what's happening where they work?

    People think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    87% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 15 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

Excellent
  • Managers are respectful

    Do nursery practitioners at Bright Horizons feel treated by respect by their managers?

    People feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    82% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 17 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

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What are the hours like for nursery practitioner employees at Bright Horizons?

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  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do nursery practitioners get of their shift pattern at Bright Horizons?

    People don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 71% report getting one week notice or less
    • 21% report getting two weeks notice
    • 0% report getting three weeks notice
    • 0% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 7% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 14 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

Not great
  • Not easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it for nursery practitioners to take sick leave at Bright Horizons?

    Most people find it hard to take sick leave

    How we know this

    57% of people report that it’s hard to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 14 job reviews

  • Hard to choose shifts

    Do nursery practitioners at Bright Horizons get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people don’t get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    54% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 13 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • People do unpaid extra work

    Do nursery practitioners at Bright Horizons do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Sometimes. Most people do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    69% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for

    Based on information from 13 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

Good
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for nursery practitioners to book a holiday at Bright Horizons?

    Most people find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    56% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 16 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Bright Horizons managers change nursery practitioners shifts at short notice?

    Most managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    67% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 12 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do nursery practitioners at Bright Horizons worry about hours?

    Most people don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    71% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 7 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

Excellent
  • People get proper breaks

    Do nursery practitioners at Bright Horizons get proper breaks?

    People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    93% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 15 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

What is career progression like for nursery practitioners at Bright Horizons?

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  • Opportunities to progress

    Are nursery practitioners given support to progress at Bright Horizons?

    Most people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 62% of people report being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 13 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

Excellent
  • Enough training

    Do nursery practitioners get enough training when they start at Bright Horizons?

    People get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    80% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 15 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

Latest reviews from nursery practitioners at Bright Horizons

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  • Best thing

    Doing the activities I want to do with the children and see how they enjoy them.

    Worst thing

    Too many children in the room and no time to write in the children's learning journey.

    7.6

    Employee, July 2021

  • Worst thing

    The long hours and under paid

    7.3

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Being happy an co-operative
    working as a team and communicating effectively

    Worst thing

    There's a lot on the schedule to get through but hen there's a lot of children around it hard to complete the task assigned.

    7.8

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    Seeing your hard work pay off and the difference you make in the children’s lives

    Worst thing

    Staff are not treated equally. Some people can work 9-4 because they want to and others aren’t allowed. Some people have to work a lot harder than others for the same pay.

    5.2

    Employee, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Working with children can be very rewarding, seeing them settle in and progress and sharing their achievements

    Worst thing

    Very bad pay for the level of responsibility we have with other people's children. All female environment can be difficult. Not enough mature staff

    4.3

    Nursery Assistant, April 2021

  • Best thing

    Creating a warm safe environment that enables children to feel safe secure and encouraging each child to be individual and explore to develop there own interests .

    Worst thing

    Unfortunately safeguarding training can be hard when you realise that some children and vulnerable adults are subjected to abuse or there basic human rights are not been made .

    8.1

    Nursery practitioner, March 2021

  • Worst thing

    Head office don’t understand what we do as nursery staff. They get to sit behind a computer and let us do all the hard work, wiping noses, changing nappies, feeding children, filling out observations, cleaning records, sleep records, temperature checks, bottle checks, day sheets, etc. Also king hours just to make a decent pay.

    4.6

    Room leader, March 2021

  • Best thing

    The team are great, love my managers, job is fun and fulfilling

    7.6

    Nursery nurse, March 2021

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