Bright Horizons
graduate scheme
Expires13 days

Early Years Graduate Programme

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

Job description

Imagining a life at work can be daunting, until you discover a career that inspires you, with a company that helps you get ahead.

By joining the Bright Horizons Early Years Graduate Programme, you’ll get the skills and real-world experience needed to become a future leader of our business. In just two years on the programme, you could be leading our nursery teams or become an Early Years Teacher - opening a career path for key leadership roles within childcare, all at the same time as providing an outstanding experience to our children and parents, and earning a great salary.

Once you’ve completed your training, you’ll be ready to graduate in to a management or teaching role.

Why Bright Horizons?

We care for over 10,000 children across the UK, across our portfolio of over 300 nurseries, 98% of which are rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted. We’re on a mission to change the future for children, families, and the people we work with, and are committed to progressive working values like flexibility, work-life balance, and wellbeing.

What you’ll be doing

  • Working as part of a nursey team looking after babies and children up to the age of 5.
  • Having daily adventures with our children by interactive play, daily activities games, reading and helping them with their curious minds through learning interventions / curriculum
  • Communicating with parents daily on their child’s activities
  • Provide a caring and supporting environment where the children feel safe and looked after
  • Listening to the children’s needs and responding in the right way
  • Creating play and learning opportunities that support the children’s learning
  • Through your hands on learning and on the job training complete tasks for your qualification/ talent programme
  • Development interventions and rotational placements to fast track your development into leadership roles
  • Working together with the Grad Programme cohort to deliver projects around your learning

What we can offer you

Our benefits include, but are not limited to;

  • Career development opportunities across our network of nurseries
  • Amazing discounts, ranging from childcare to high-street, to utility and days out.
  • Quarterly Employee Appreciation Weeks – with treats for all the team
  • External helpline with professional counsellors – supporting your wellbeing 24 hours a day.
  • Access to our extensive library of training and qualifications, to support your continuous development

This role is subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

32 or 40 Hours, Monday to Friday / two year programme.

What we are looking for

  • BA Hons degree preferably in early years/ childhood studies or similar
  • GCSEs in maths and English grade 4 or above, or Functional Skills Level 2
  • A genuine interest in working with children
  • A passion for helping children learn and wanting to make a difference in their lives
  • Commitment to completing the two year Graduate Programme
  • Confident communicator
  • Understanding and empathy towards children
  • Desire to learn
  • Able to start in September 2022.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

£21,736 - £25,648

salary banding is due to location rather than experience or qualification - with Inner and Outer London having a slightly higher starting rate in line with London weighting

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term


How to apply

Please click Apply with your up-to-date CV, as well as a covering letter answering the following questions;

  • Why have you decided on a career in childcare/ early years? (Word limit – 150 words)
  • Why do you think you are a good candidate for this programme? (Word limit – 150 words)
  • What skills do you think you would need to be a great leader? (Word limit – 150 words)
  • Tell us about a time when you have had to think on your feet to make a difficult decision in what was an uncomfortable situation. This could have been either at work or university. (Word limit – 150 words)
  • What is you understanding of inclusion? (Word limit 150 words)
  • How do you keep yourself motivated in a challenging environment? (Word limit – 150 words)

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 10 June 2022

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Closing date:  10 June 2022

Expires13 days

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