Bright Horizons awarded UK’s Best Workplaces™ recognition!

Bright Horizons has been recognised as one of the 290 UK’s Best Workplaces™ (2022) today by Great Place to Work®, a global leader on workplace culture.

It's now the 17th year in a row that Bright Horizons has featured on this list. In fact, Bright Horizons is the only childcare company to be recognised by the Great Place to Work Institute as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces every year since 2006. (Super Large category).

To determine the 2022 UK's Best Workplaces™ list, Great Place to Work® performed rigorous evaluations of hundreds of employee survey responses alongside Culture Audit™ submissions from leaders at each company. They then used these data insights to benchmark the effectiveness of companies' employee value propositions against the culture of their employee’s experience. Those businesses who achieve the highest scores after evaluation receive Best Workplaces™ status.

Ros Marshall, Managing Director at Bright Horizons UK, said: “It is wonderful to again be prominent on this tremendous list of Great Places to Work. It’s especially pleasing to earn this accolade given the fact that it is determined by feedback provided by our employees. As a learning organisation, we listen and support our colleagues and take the time to reflect on how we can improve. Together we always look forward to provide the very best opportunities at Bright Horizons to enable personal and career growth and empower individuals to fulfil their ambitions. We are immensely proud of the difference our colleagues make every day to the lives of children, families, and the communities in which we live and work.”

Bright Horizons provides the highest quality early care and education for each child every day, an approach underpinned by its HEART principles (Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Respect, and Teamwork). For over 35 years these values have shaped the organisation in its ability to respond to the evolving needs of families, employees, and businesses, and drive the Company and its employees in the work that it does.

Benedict Gautrey, Managing Director of Great Place to Work® UK, said: “We’re incredibly proud to recognise the 290 companies on our list for their outstanding workplace cultures, and unwavering commitment to supporting employees so they can deliver the best strategic solutions to ever-changing business opportunities and challenges.”

Bright Horizons is a place where you can thrive

Chloe started her journey with Bright Horizons as an unqualified Nursery Nurse in 2014. Since then, Chloe has completed a Level 3 Early Years Apprenticeship and held roles as both a room leader and Deputy Manager before taking on her latest role as Field Manager in 2018.

Chloe said: “I have grown so much, and this is all because of the support I’ve had along the way from my manager, my team, and the wider Company. I now have a greater level of confidence to reach my goals."

Jo joined Bright Horizons on a temporary contract in the Accounts Payable team and very soon after became a permanent member of the Bright Horizons family. Her capability and patience led to her moving to the HR Team to provide training and support to colleagues across the business and she is now our Digital Learning Manager.

Jo said: “During my time at Bright Horizons, I have been given opportunities to develop my skills and gain professional qualifications for which I am really grateful. I enjoy collaborating with passionate people who all strive for excellence. Employee wellbeing is so important to me, and I really appreciate working in an environment where this is a priority.”

Support that goes way beyond the nursery doors

This year, Bright Horizons in the UK is making a significant investment into the salaries and benefits of its Early Years educators. The nursery, Work+Family solutions, and back-up care provider is spending more than £10 million to ensure that it offers some of the most competitive salaries in the UK’s Early Years sector, and to recognise differences in the cost of living across the UK.

Bright Horizons is also adding to its award-winning benefits package with a focus on colleagues’ emotional, physical and financial wellbeing, recognising that improved educator wellbeing not only benefits the individual, but also the quality of their care and education provision for the children and families they support.

Janine Leightley, HR Director at Bright Horizons, said: “We continually review and adapt our rewards and benefits for our colleagues and remain very proud of our industry-leading training and development, which provides our colleagues with a rewarding career path.”