Senior Room Manager in Northampton, Northamptonshire
Lots of hours, lots of work and never enough time to do it.
If working in a nursery expect long hours, fast pace, lots of work to do and never enough time to do them unless in your own time. You will need to manage your time well, often you have to do observations while in the room and trying to watch over all the children, as well as changing the environment, planning, the daily jobs and engaging with the children. There is a lot of staff covering other rooms and swapping about which l did not like, being over ratio in the morning while things being sorted or waiting for staff to come in. Management were supportive at times but often just doing what they can, pressures from above enforced on them too. I didn't like the shared management as they all managed in different ways and would speak to you when you didn't do it right but you were only doing it the way the other member of management had said gets frustrating and confusing. Not always good communication. Thousands of policies to read through (literally policy for everything) and vla training at home which is not paid for. The day out training is good but can be cancelled or called back if low on staff. The company expect you to live for them and will expect you to go in on evenings or weekend if they want you to, will give you toil for this, but you will only get this back when they have enough staff. For me l did not enjoy working here, worked very hard all of the time, worked at home and my days off trying to get everything done. Never seemed to be good enough. Was highly stressful all of the time, lots of SEND children or children who needed support taken on but never given the support they need or the staff to support the room. I have worked at other nurseries and they all seem the same especially the bigger chain nurseries. It was not a place l enjoyed to work fully. I tried really hard but it wasnt for me.
Qualified Early Years Educator in Leicester, Leicestershire
Wouldn’t work for a big chain again....
Lovely staff who work hard despite a huge lack of resources and support from management. Most staff felt very under appreciated and sadly those at the top have no idea of what it’s like to actually work in one of their settings. I would not work for a big chain again....
Minimum wage lol
Minimum wage yet expected to work a lot harder than your pay grade. They’ll leave you on your own in a room with 16 odd children all day and claim it doesn’t matter because the other staff member is still in the building. Get told your hours on a Friday for the following week making it impossible to make plans for days off. Expect you to work 10 and a half hours with only half an hour dinner!
Nursery assistant/Bank staff in Leeds
Average work place, wouldn’t recommend.
I worked as a bank staff, travelling to different busy bees nurseries. It was okay but every nursery just had the same atmosphere, not much learning for the children, management leaving and not a very stable team so children would be unsettled or confused at times, a lot of pettiness and bitchiness within the work place as mostly women working there, squabbling and taking sides etc, not a very professional work place to be in as I couldn’t wait to leave. Some of the employees were nice to talk to but just not my favourite company to work for. Good for a little pocket money but the hourly rate isn’t enough.
Qualified Early Years Educator in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
A safe, fun and a way to pursue your career.
I began Busy Bees as an apprentice and continued up the ranks to a Room Manager. I feel that the management are easily contactable and and very understanding. During the Coronavirus, it is a stressful time but everyone is working as a team and is dealing with everything that is thrown at them. The food given to the children is amazing, and I believe they eat better than me! I love how the company uses an 'online journal' where we plan, send activities and do assessments and these get sent directly to the parents, where they can also comment. This means they do not need to wait till parents evening or the end of the day to know how they child is doing within the nursery. If you choose the 40 hour contract, you work 4 long hour days with a day off, or 5 shorter days which suits some people. Overall, this is the best work place I have worked in, and would recommend to anyone who has a passion for childcare.