Job Description

Nursery: Bright Horizons West Hampstead Day Nursery and Preschool

Salary: upto £55,141 per annum (dependant on qualification/s and experience)

Location: West Hampstead, London

We are looking for a qualified Nursery Manager to join our nursery. Our Bright Horizons West Hampstead is Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’ and is situated in West Hampstead, London being walking distance from West Hampstead railway station and also South Hampstead, Kilburn High Road and Brondesbury overgrounds!

We are offering a £2,000 welcome bonus for this position (T&Cs apply)

What we can offer you

Our benefits include, but are not limited to;

  • Above industry standard salary, with annual salary reviews
  • £2,000 nursery bonus when your team achieves Outstanding Ofsted (or 5/6 combined Care Inspectorate rating)
  • Discounted childcare of 100% for first child
  • 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 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 – monitoring and improving practice and behaviours that underpin our high performance safety culture
  • Work in partnership with HR to identify succession plans for the nursery team and nurture, create and continuously develop a pipeline of high performing practitioners and Room Leaders, 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
  • 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

This role is subject to an Enhanced DBS check.


Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: Up to £55,141.00 per year


  • Additional leave
  • Childcare
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Employee discount
  • Employee mentoring programme
  • Financial planning services
  • Free fitness classes
  • Gym membership
  • On-site parking
  • Paid volunteer time
  • Referral programme
  • Sick pay
  • Store discount
  • Transport links


  • Monday to Friday

School type:

  • Day nursery
  • Preschool
  • Private nursery school

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • West Hampstead: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)


  • Nursery Manager: 2 years (required)


  • level 3 or higher qualification in childcare (required)

Work Location: In person

Reference ID: JR-072037

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