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Nursery Manager

Bright Horizons
Pay £40.2k per year
Location Waltham Cross, ENG, United Kingdom
Contract time Full time

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5.9

Rated 5.9 out of 10, based on 353 employees who took the Breakroom Quiz

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  • People enjoy this job
  • Pays all ages fairly
  • Recommended by students
  • Recommended by parents
  • Respectful managers
  • Proper training
  • Proper breaks

About Bright Horizons

Bright Horizons provide childcare services. They operate nurseries and preschools.

Job description from Bright Horizons

*Nursery:* Bright Horizons Cheshunt Nursery

*Job Type: *Fixed Term from July 2024

*Salary*: Starting From £40,174 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)

*Location:* Cheshunt, EN8

We are looking for a full time qualified Nursery Manager to join our Bright Horizons Cheshunt Day Nursery and Preschool, situated in Cheshunt, with parking close by.

The nursery is a beautiful setting, proudly rated 'Good' by Ofsted.

*What we can offer you*

Our benefits include, but are not limited to; * Above industry standard salary, with annual salary reviews * £2,000 bonus when your team achieves Outstanding Ofsted (or 5/6 combined Care Inspectorate rating) * Discounted childcare of 100% for first child (T&C Apply) * 33 days holiday per year, with the option to buy additional days * Smart Health access, including 24/7 access to Virtual GP appointments, fitness programmes and mental health support * Financial support through early access to wages, low interest debt consolidation loans and a wide variety of discounts across high street brands, travel, utilities and days out * Development programme access for every stage of your career, tailored to your individual journey, with opportunities across our network of nurseries * Access to our Future Leaders programme, preparing you to step into a Room Leader position * Employee Appreciation throughout the year including our annual Awards of Excellence gala’s * Happy to Talk Flexible Working

*Why Bright Horizons?*

We are driven by our HEART values (Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Respect, and Teamwork). If your values align, you’d be a great fit to join one of our 300 nurseries across the UK. We’ve also been voted Great Place to Work every year since 2006 - as well achieving Great Place for Wellbeing and Great Place for Women.

Did you know, Bright Horizons Foundation for Children charity has been established since 2005 supporting the lives of thousands of children and families in crisis, across almost 100 locations? Each Bright Horizons colleague is entitled to a paid volunteer day every year!

*What you’ll be doing* * Lead our nursery teams to deliver outstanding care to all the children in your setting * Through your inspirational leadership drive employee engagement, retention, and performance in the nursery * Work in partnership with Recruitment and HR to ensure your nursery is fully recruited, encouraging a diverse workforce * Role model and mentor your nursery team to ensure the highest quality early childhood practice and experience for all children, including children with special education needs and/or disabilities * Act as Designated Safeguarding Lead at the nursery, holding overall responsibility for the day to day running of the nursery and management of safeguarding and child protection policies * Work in partnership with HR to identify succession plans for the nursery team and nurture, create and continuously develop a pipeline of high performing colleagues, building the strongest talent pool in the sector * Work with the Regional Director, Finance and Marketing teams to identify and implement commercial plans and strategies to deliver FTE growth within the nursery * Commercial delivery of the nursery performance, optimising revenue generation and cost efficiency in line with staff ratio requirements, to deliver and exceed the annual budgeted EBITDA * Engage with the Local Authority to understand the local offer, to support practice in all areas of the nursery

*What we’re looking for* * Full and Relevant Level 3 or above Early Years qualification (essential) * Experience within an Early Years leadership role (ideally as a Nursery Manager, Deputy Manager, Assistant Manager or similar) * Experience of participating with a regulatory inspection, leading to a “Good” or “Outstanding” outcome * Experience of developing high performance teams, with effective regulatory compliance, quality improvement, delivery of high quality pedagogy, innovation and service excellence * Confident decision maker, with ability to support change and the understanding of the complex relationship between business/commerce and service excellence within a regulated setting * Strong knowledge and understanding of Safeguarding, Child Protection, and the wider legislative requirements for working with children * Ability to build trust and strong working relationships with colleagues, parents and external partners

_Bright Horizons are committed to creating inclusive environments where everyone has a sense of belonging and has the opportunity to contribute and thrive in meaningful and impactful ways. We are an inclusive employer and welcome people from all backgrounds to apply. We will consider reasonable adjustments required by applicants. Please note, due to our sector all roles are subject to an Enhanced DBS. _ #INDCLH

Job Types: Full-time, Fixed term contract Contract length: 9-12 months

Pay: From £40,174.00 per year

Benefits: * Additional leave * Childcare * Company events * Company pension * Cycle to work scheme * Employee discount * Employee mentoring programme * Free flu jabs * Health & wellbeing programme * Private dental insurance * Private medical insurance * Referral programme * Sick pay Schedule: * Day shift * Monday to Friday * No weekends School type: * Day nursery * Private nursery school

Ability to commute/relocate: * Waltham Cross, EN8 8LY: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (preferred)

Experience: * Nursery Management: 1 year (preferred)

Work Location: In person

Reference ID: NM cheshunt

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What employees say

Pay

    Good
  • Most people are paid a living wage

    Do Bright Horizons pay a living wage?

    Most people are paid a living wage.

    How we know this

    77% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live.

    Based on data from 105 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The current rates are £12.00 per hour, and £13.15 per hour in London.

    Find out more in our explainer about the Real Living Wage.

  • Good
  • Most people are paid market rates

    Do Bright Horizons pay market rates?

    Most people are paid above average for their job.

    How we know this

    83% of people are paid above average for the type of work they do.

    Based on data from 100 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • Good
  • Everyone is paid the same, whatever their age

    Do Bright Horizons pay the same regardless of age?

    Yes, people under the age of 21 get paid the same as those above 21.

    See what Bright Horizons pays different age groups

    How we know this

    The average pay of under 21s is the same as those above 21.

    Based on data from 125 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and July 2024.

  • Needs improving
  • Most people don’t get paid breaks

    Do workers at Bright Horizons get paid breaks?

    No. Most people don’t get paid breaks.

    How we know this

    94% of people say they don’t get paid breaks.

    Based on data from 108 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get sick pay

    Do Bright Horizons pay sick pay?

    Sometimes. Only some people get proper sick pay.

    How we know this

    64% of people say they wouldn’t get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work.

    Based on data from 98 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

  • Good
  • Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

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

    Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work.

    How we know this

    68% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work.

    Based on data from 69 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    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.

Hours and flexibility

    Needs improving
  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

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

    Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working.

    How we know this

    • 95% of people with changing schedules report getting one week notice or less.
    • 4% of people with changing schedules report getting two weeks notice.
    • 1% of people with changing schedules report getting three weeks notice.
    • 0% of people with changing schedules report getting four weeks notice or more.

    Based on data from 79 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    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.

  • Good
  • Most people don’t worry about their hours

    Do workers at Bright Horizons worry about hours?

    Most people don’t worry about getting enough hours.

    How we know this

    81% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours.

    Based on data from 42 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    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.

  • Good
  • Most people get a choice of shifts

    Do Bright Horizons workers get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work.

    How we know this

    68% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work.

    Based on data from 76 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    Why this matters

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

  • Okay
  • Can be hard to change shifts

    How easy is it for Bright Horizons workers to change shifts?

    Some people find it hard to change shifts.

    How we know this

    43% of people report that it’s hard to change shifts if they need to.

    Based on data from 51 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. It should be easy to change a shift if you need to, whether that’s in an emergency or for planning ahead.

  • Okay
  • Can be hard to book holiday

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

    Some people find it hard to book holiday.

    How we know this

    34% of people report it’s hard to book holidays.

    Based on data from 100 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    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.

  • Good
  • Shifts don’t get changed at short notice

    Do Bright Horizons managers change shifts at short notice?

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

    How we know this

    71% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute.

    Based on data from 77 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Some people find it hard to take sick leave

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

    Some people find it hard to take sick leave.

    How we know this

    50% of people report that it’s hard to take time off if they are sick.

    Based on data from 100 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off when you need to.

    A good job should support you when you’re unwell and have systems in place that will allow you to take time off to recover when you need it.

  • Good
  • Most students say it’s good

    Is a Bright Horizons job good for students?

    Most students say this is a good place to work if you’re studying.

    How we know this

    77% of students report this is a good place to work if you’re studying.

    Based on data from 26 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2022 and June 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job should allow you to fit work around important things in your life, like studying.

    Life isn’t just about work. Good jobs make space for you to do well in both.

  • Good
  • Most parents say it’s good

    Is working at Bright Horizons good if you’re a parent or carer?

    Most parents and carers say this is a good place to work.

    How we know this

    73% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work.

    Based on data from 30 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    Why this matters

    Whether it’s looking after children or caring for a relative, a good job should support your responsibilities outside of work.

Workplace

    Good
  • Most people feel treated with respect

    Do people at Bright Horizons feel treated with respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers.

    How we know this

    77% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers.

    Based on data from 94 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    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.

  • Good
  • Most people get proper breaks

    Do people at Bright Horizons get proper breaks?

    Most people get proper breaks.

    How we know this

    80% of people report that they get to take proper breaks.

    Based on data from 109 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    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.

  • Needs improving
  • Most people are stressed

    Is it stressful to work at Bright Horizons?

    Most people feel stressed here.

    How we know this

    76% of people say they often feel stressed at work.

    Based on data from 107 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Good
  • Most people enjoy their job

    Do people at Bright Horizons enjoy their jobs?

    Most people enjoy their job.

    How we know this

    77% of people report they enjoy their job.

    Based on data from 91 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

  • Okay
  • Only some people recommend their team

    Do people at Bright Horizons recommend working with their team?

    Only some people recommend working with their team.

    How we know this

    55% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend.

    Based on data from 115 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Good
  • Most people get enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at Bright Horizons?

    Most people got enough training when they started.

    How we know this

    70% of people report they got enough training when they started working here.

    Based on data from 107 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Only some people get support to progress

    Are people given support to progress at Bright Horizons?

    Only some people are given support to progress here.

    How we know this

    In the last year, 50% of people report not 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 data from 98 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    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.

  • Needs improving
  • Head office doesn’t understand what’s happening

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

    Most people think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work.

    How we know this

    82% 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 data from 100 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    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.

  • Okay
  • Only some people feel well informed by head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how Bright Horizons is doing?

    Only some people feel well informed about how the company is doing.

    How we know this

    55% of people feel that they aren’t kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole.

    Based on data from 100 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between July 2023 and July 2024.

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

Find out more about working at Bright Horizons

What Bright Horizons employees say about their job

  • Best thing

    The team in my nursery

    Worst thing

    Head office not caring about staff, just about getting children through the door

    6.4

    Bright Horizons Deputy manager, July 2024

  • Best thing

    Developing people skills and bonds with families and children

    Worst thing

    Long hours, no paid breaks, expected overtime without pay, no support structure for managerial level team members, poor working conditions, denied basic maintenance of the building and grounds resulting in an unsafe environment for which you get blamed.

    1.0

    Bright Horizons Deputy manager, June 2024

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  • Best thing

    The team I work with are friendly and kind

    Worst thing

    The pay

    6.0

    Bright Horizons Nursery nurse, May 2024

  • Best thing

    Working closely with the children

    Worst thing

    Rude staff

    7.0

    Bright Horizons Nursery practitioner, March 2024

  • Best thing

    People I work with and the children

    Worst thing

    Management

    6.7

    Bright Horizons Nursery nurse, January 2024

  • Best thing

    Rewarding seeing progress in the childrens learning

    Worst thing

    Being able to leave in time, online training takes time to do at home

    5.5

    Bright Horizons Nursery nurse, August 2023

  • Best thing

    Watching the children grow

    Worst thing

    You’re the sickness policy is the child has to be sick 3 times before sent home v making it just spreads really quick and the cleaners aren’t Good

    5.5

    Bright Horizons Nursery practitioner, September 2022

  • Best thing

    The opportunity to support children's learning, creating bonds with families and offering support or advice where needed.

    Worst thing

    The manager is very rude, old fashioned and often belittles people rather then supporting with training.

    7.0

    Bright Horizons Employee, August 2022

  • 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.

    6.0

    Bright Horizons Nursery nurse, 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

    4.8

    Bright Horizons Nursery Assistant, April 2021

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