Bright Horizons Employee Reviews
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I have learnt how to deal with SEN children and also I had minimum 150 online and in practice training about all aspect of childcare. I started my apprenticeship level 3 course and mostly finished. Workplace culture has provided for all ideas and opinion as most of people were happy and didn't had any concern about their background. I am applying for another job because recently my hours is reduced and I need to be full time.
Bright Horizons have all these motivational sayings, policies etc. which look good on paper but in reality aren't actually followed. They are a global brand who only care about FTE's and making money. We're told we're more than just a number, but thats a lie! Staff with mental health issues are given print outs to read and left to get on with it!They talk about professional development and having regular supervisions with managers. Yeah, that doesn't happen. I don't find I've actually ever had a supervision in my 7 years. As for 1-1's and appraisals, I've had one. My manger is constantly busy dealing with other things, than actually supporting the staff. Health and safety has gone mad, to the point most of the day is filling out paperwork and takes us away from what should be the most important part, they children. Resources are limited and strict policies mean that the staff lack motivation to come up with new exciting experiences, as we're always told no.
Watching the children develop
Long hours, poor pay, no support
Large outstanding nursery, high expectations and fast paced. One of the main qualities is how diverse the nursery is, through children and staff. Standards are very high, therefore the pressure is sometimes overwhelming.
Excellent rates of pay. Annual Awards of Excellence evening, all paid for, a meal, awards and a disco in a hotel. Staff appreciation month (usually in June)
Long hours, not always guaranteed to get out on time.
Great company when it comes to training and within some of the other branches when it comes to oppurtunities to try new things. Shame at this particular branch when they got a new manager it changed to if your face fits and your mates with them then you'll progress even if you're rubbish at the job but if your best interests are doing what's best for the kids rather than wasting time skiving by kissing behinds at reception then you'll be treated like a dogs body with no credit for it whatsoever while the friends get the credit for all youre hard work.
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