Bright Horizons
graduate scheme
Expires7 days

Early Years Teaching - Graduate Programme

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

Job description

Discover a career that inspires you, with a company that helps you get ahead.

At Bright Horizons, we care for over 10,000 children every day across the UK, and we’re on a mission to change the future for children, families, and the people we work with. There are few places where you can have an instant local and national impact and be supported by an employer with a fundamental commitment to progressive working values like flexibility, work-life balance, and wellbeing.

Join our graduate programme and you’ll get the skills and hands on experience needed to become a future leader or teacher of our business. In just two years on the programme, you could be leading our nursery teams or be an Early Years Teacher, which will see you opening a career path for key roles within childcare, all at the same time as providing an outstanding experience to our children and parents and earning a great salary. Working in our nurseries is fun, and it’s a place where you can really make a difference to the children’s and parents’ lives. How amazing would that be.

During the programme, you’ll work as a key member within one of our nursery teams in a hands-on role as an Early Years Practitioner for the first 12 months where you will witness Bright Horizons' excellence in action. You’ll experience a variety of roles within the nursery environment, along with gaining relevant qualifications in Early Years where required and be supported by the Graduate Success Team who will provide constant development interventions and opportunities. All the while you’ll learn invaluable lessons from the most exciting minds in childcare – the children!

During year two, we will support you to complete a QTS, EYIT or EYTS teaching qualification providing sufficient learning and reading time to support your studying. Once you you’ve completed the programme you’ll be ready to move into a teaching role where you will lead on helping and supporting all children and their families

What will I 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 or teaching roles
  • Working together with the Grad Programme cohort to deliver projects around your learning

What we are looking for

  • BA Hons degree
  • 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 a Graduate Programme
  • Confident communicator
  • Understanding and empathy towards children
  • Desire to learn
  • GCSEs in maths and English grade 4 or above
  • Able to start in March 2022 or September 2022.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

UK wide

Contract, dates and working times


How to apply

Please click Apply. You need to attach 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 Teacher? (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)

We look forward to receiving your application.

If you experience any problems, please email and we will be happy to help.

Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. Therefore, it is essential in making your application that you disclose any information requested in respect of applicable convictions and cautions (including, as applicable any reprimands or final warnings). This post may be exempt from the provisions of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, in which case applicants are not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are ‘spent’ under the provision of the Act unless the conviction or caution is “protected” as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). Any such ‘protected’ conviction or caution is not subject to disclosure to employers, and cannot be taken into account. All guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found in the DBS filtering collection, available here: The fact that a pending charge, conviction, caution, reprimand or final warning has been recorded against you will not necessarily debar you from consideration for this role but any failure to disclose any such information will result in dismissal or disciplinary action.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 31 January 2022

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Closing date:  31 January 2022

Expires7 days

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