Job Description

Position: Deputy Manager

Salary Banding£30,078.98 – £41,310.52 (dependant on qualification/s and experience)

Hours: Full time / perm / Mon-Fri / 40 hours

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

£1000 Welcome Bonus for this position *T&C’s apply

Our Bright Horizons Fulbourn Nursery is Ofsted rated Outstanding, and is situated on Capital Park, off Cambridge Road Fulbourn.

The nursery offers Onsite parking, nearby bus pick up and drop off points to Cambridge and bike park to keep bikes safe. The outside offers a beautiful outdoor space complete with sand pit, rolling play hills and cycling space. Our nursery consists of bright and free flowing nursery rooms.

We offer free parking for all of our employees .

What we can offer you

Our benefits include, but are not limited to;

  • Above industry standard salary, with annual salary reviews
  • Discounted childcare of 75% for first child
  • Up to 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
  • Huge variety of discounts across high street brands, utilities, and days out
  • Financial support through early access to wages, low interest debt consolidation loans and more
  • Refer a Friend Bonus, including New York Trip for 2 prize draw entry
  • Access to a wide selection of training programmes, supporting your individual career path, with career development opportunities across our network of nurseries
  • Employee Appreciation through our quarterly recognition weeks and annual Awards of Excellence gala’s
  • Happy to Talk Flexible Working

Why Bright Horizons?

We care for over 25,000 children across the UK, across our portfolio of over 300 nurseries, 98% of which are rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted. We’ve been voted Great Place to Work for the last 17 consecutive years, as well achieving Great Place for Wellbeing and Great Place for Women.

Since 2005, we have supported the lives of thousands of children through our Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, supporting families and children in crisis – something we could not achieve without our Bright Horizons colleagues ongoing volunteering and fundraising.

What you’ll be doing

  • Lead, mentor and inspire a team to deliver exceptional care and education to all children in our care
  • 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 – monitoring and improving practice and behaviours that underpin our high performance safety culture
  • In collaboration with the Nursery Manager, contribute to succession planning, identification and delivery of relevant training, and supporting professional development plans, including coaching and mentoring for all colleagues.
  • Develop and maintain strong partnerships with colleagues, parents and/or carers, as well as other professionals, to meet the needs of each child
  • Promote the nursery to both current parents, and potential customers, to support retention and ongoing occupancy growth
  • Ensure commercial success of the nursery by maintaining expenditure inline FTEs and budget KPIs
  • 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
  • Experience within an Early Years leadership role (ideally as a Deputy Manager, Assistant Manager, Third in Charge or similar)
  • Experience of participating with a regulatory inspection, leading to a “Good” or “Outstanding” outcome
  • Confident decision maker, with previous experience providing support and leadership to others to enable staff in fulfilling their roles and responsibilities
  • 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 both colleagues and parents
  • Ability to use a variety of techniques to clearly and successfully communicate with both children and adults

We look forward to receiving your application!

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


Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £30,076.00-£41,308.00 per year


  • Additional leave
  • Childcare
  • Company pension
  • Employee discount
  • Employee mentoring programme
  • Free fitness classes
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Referral programme
  • Sick pay
  • Transport links


  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: In person

Reference ID: JR-077341