It starts with you

Join our team

Great people can only equal one thing - a Great Team!

We have high expectations of the team that work at Handkerchief, we want our children to be surrounded by only the best staff. Our vibrant and busy enviroment is a hub of excitment, laughter and learning. We will inspire you to advance your career, train you to have great skills and involve you in new initiatives. We believe that our staff team are at the heart of our 'OUTSTANDING' nursery and that our children reap the rewards - happy and positive role models bring a sense of security and consistency to the lives of our children and families.  

Culture and Diversity

It takes a special kind of person to work with early years children. Our staff contribute greatly to the daily organisation and running of the nursery, ensuring we deliver the highest standard of care. We look for the best practitioners to join our team - we want you to be positive, passionate, caring and respectful.

We will commit to you and your personal development wholeheartly; you will have access to training opportunities to ensure you continue to develop and stay ahead in the profession. You are the most valuable part of our nursery - without you it just wouldn't work! However we do have high expectations and expect you to commit to the children, families and values of the nursery.

We offer everyone the opportunity to grow their skills and advance their career. We are a nursery that is driven by the passion and commitment of its people. If you join us, you'll be surrounded by not only excited children but staff who want you to take ownership of projects, actively participate in team activities and most importantly ensure the safety and care of our children.

We are supporters of one an other and respect plays a big part in the culture and values of the nursery, everyone is listend too and opinions valued. We thrive on new ideas and embrace change keeping us fresh and knowledgeable.  

Learning & Development

Every team member delivers the best experiences and care for our children, we recognise however that in order for you to do this you need injections of knowledge and new leanring opportunties. We have a training plan each year that we all take part in as well as indivual courses that you can choose from to match your personal interests.

If you join Handkerchief Day Nursery you can benefit from our training programme 'Educators of Brilliance'. This is centred around wellbeing and positivity - we want our staff team to feel good and looked after, reflecting a healthy workforce.

We also recognise the importance of regular refresher courses which are manatory to every team members role from Safeguarding Children to First Aid to many more - a basic requirement which will be offered either through external training providers, the Local Authortiy or in-house DVD's and on-line resources. All of our learning programmes are designed to support our team, expand their skills and build confidence.

Staff Training programme for 2014 consists of:

  • The Art of Brilliance
  • The Art of Staying Brilliant
  • Safeguarding Day 1
  • First Aid
  • Under 2's


Our team of Senior Nursery Practitioners provides guidance, support and inspiration to shape the future of our teams and children. They work with the Nursery Manager and Nursery Director to bring to life ideas and implement sytrategies to improve current standards. Our commitment to our Management Team is instilling in them high standards and knowledge of the sector as well as enuring we excel in the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Leadership Training is of paramount importance and we ensure each year our team has access to a wide range of training programmes - Training for 2014 consists of:

  • Brilliant Coaching and Mentoring
  • Brilliant Leadership
  • Execuative Coaching (1 to 1 sessions)
  • The Art of Brilliance
  • The Art of Staying Brilliant
  • Safeguarding refresher

Valuing your contribution...

We value our dedicated team and therefore offer a benefits and rewards package to reflect our commitment to you:

Salary and Rewards:

  • Monthly salary
  • Incentive programmes
  • Annual Salary reviews, Bonuses and Recognition - linked to annual Personal Development Review


  • On joining us you will be entitled to 22 days annual leave per year.
  • Plus all public bank holidays - pro-rata for part-time staff

You and Your Wellbeing

Our annual Wellbeing Campaign runs each year. With input from our staff team we ensure the year delivers a variety of health initiatives. Whether this is about nutriton, exercise plans or general wellbeing we aim to cover it all.

  • Private Health Care - Westfield Health provides us with a company Health Care Scheme, which is free to all employees, after two years of service. We believe in looking after you as much as you look after our children and it's one of the ways we want to recognise your commitment to Handkerchief Day Nursery. Through the scheme you are able to claim back costs associated with routine visits to the dentist, optician as well as a range of health services designed to help support your overall wellbeing.
  • In addition to your health care we also provide the 'Team Room' with fresh fruit, water cooler, snacks, vitamins and a monhtly copy of the magazine Womans Health
  • A spring 'Boot Camp' is designed for those who enjoy outdoor fitness - lead by a qualified GB Tri-Athlete for 10 weeks

Coming Soon in 2014 - Boot Camp

Nursery Uniform

  • Ensuring you look the part we will provide you with a name badge and a professional durable uniform free of charge

What our staff say about working at Handkerchief.....

The most rewarding part of my day:

Is being with the children and seeing them achieve things for the first time - Nikita (Tweenie room practitioner)

Being cuddled is just the best - Zoe (Toddler room - Deputy Manager)

What our staff say..

Jess – Senior Nursery Practitioner

I have worked at Handkerchief Day Nursery for over 3 years. I can’t express how rewarding it is to work with the children and staff at the nursery. We are a strong team that has fun, ensuring our children has outstanding care and are supported and encouraged.

I get so much enjoyment from watching the children develop into their own character and feel honored when they enjoy and request my company.

Everyday is different and a joy to be part of, we make the time spent at nursery for the children as much fun as possible.We want our children to feel happy and for them to associate nursery with a caring and loving place where they can play, develop and socialise.

It is important to me that the time spent at nursery is happy and memorable for children, families and myself.

Rose - Senior Nursery Practitioner

I first worked at Handkerchief Day Nursery as a student when I was completing my Diploma in Childcare at Loughborough College.I wanted to continue my work here, as I felt settled and happy and applied for a permanent position.

Since then I have been able to continue my training with the support of the management team and have recently been appointed Senior Nursery Practitioner of the baby room, which I am delighted about.

I really like the way in which training is actively encouraged at the nursery and I recently had a brilliant opportunity to attend the NMT conference in Birmingham where I had the privilege of meeting Kathy Gooch and could share my experience of caring for babies – inspirational speaker!

I cannot wait to start the ‘Art of Being Brilliant’ training this year and continue my development. However the most enjoyable parts of my job is being with the babies - singing and dancing being a favorite! And being part of a great team that supports one another as well as having fun.

Vicky Fairbrother - Baby Room - Nursery Practitioner

My journey at Handkerchief Day Nursery started in 2005. I have worked in every room apart from pre-school, over the years the nursery has developed into a wonderful setting which I am proud to be a part of. I enjoy getting to know new families and watching their family units grow. Currently I work in the baby room which I find both enjoyable and rewarding.

Our team gets stronger and stronger through regular training sessions and meetings. We do lots of team building activities which are always great fun - my favourite so far has been a day at conkers!

The most recent part of my journey has been having my son who attends nursery and has settled in fantastically, I am pleased with the progress he is making and most importantly how happy he is.