Our Careers

Welcome to Thrive Childcare & Education and welcome to our family.

About us

Our Ethos

We are Thrive Childcare and Education and childcare is our passion. We are excited and pleased to introduce you to the wonderful, passionate and committed teams who are working at Thrive Childcare and Education. Please take a moment to listen to our story.

A bit more about us

Childcare and education are at the heart of our business. We put children first every time, that’s one of our values and it serves to remind us of why we all exist.

We hope you are thinking of joining Thrive, a family which is focused on simple values. The most important part in achieving that is the role that all our teams play throughout the business, whether that be in nursery or in our central support teams in Scotland and England, we are delighted you have chosen to delve deeper into our story. Without our teams, we would be nothing and we are committed to do our level best to make sure their time with us is enjoyable, rewarding and fulfilling.

In joining us, you have the opportunity to be part of something special, the wonderful chance to enrich children’s lives in their Early Year’s through quality learning and fantastic experiences. Being a part of a child’s early life is such a privilege and we hope you come on board and be part of our amazing family. Check out our vacancies and testimonials below.

Our History

Since our foundation, we have acquired some fantastic groups of nurseries, as well as high-quality, independent nurseries. Now we are uniting all our nurseries in Scotland and England under four Thrive groupings. Holyrood, Happitots and Corner House Nurseries are joined by our new Nature Kindergarten which reflects our vision and ethos to develop children’s outdoor learning. We are proud to say we have;

  • 49 nurseries across the UK (and growing)
  • 1200+ Thrive Childcare and Education colleagues
  • 7400+ families in our care

We would love you to join us and be part of our story.
Welcome to Thrive and welcome to our family.

Thrive Community

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Investing in you comes easy to us because you are a part of making this company successful and flourish. We are constantly reviewing our benefits package and a package of attractive benefits awaits you when you join Thrive. Find out more below.

Cash Health Plan

Claim back on optometry, dentistry and lots of health treatments including physiotherapy, chiropractic and alternative therapies.

Free Face-to-Face Counselling Sessions

Up to 8 Free Face-to-Face Counselling Sessions and access to a wellbeing app - with waiting lists on the NHS being weeks or even months, you can access confidential face-to-face counselling, quickly providing support in times of crisis. A wellbeing app, mProve. Improve your body and mind with a range of wellbeing tools and advice for a happier, healthier you. Including physical exercises, guided meditations, self-help courses & more.

High Street and Gym Discounts

High street discounts and gym member discounts, which is always so valuable in the current climate!

A Birthday holiday on us

Have the day off on your birthday and enjoy that time on us!

Childcare discount

Between 25 to 100% dependent on role

Group Life Cover

Providing for your loved ones is so important. We provide 1 or 2 times your salary dependent on your role.

Local Rewards/Recognition/Awards

Demonstrating the right behaviours in Thrive is key to us! Here, Managers will be able to reward great behaviours throughout the year and say thank you for a job well done through cash rewards straight into your account.

Refer a Friend Bonus Scheme

Up to £250 when you refer a friend/family member to work with us (T&Cs apply)

Welcome Bonuses (where applicable)

We offer welcome bonuses to colleagues on joining between £500-£1000 – check out the recruitment advert in full.

NEST pension scheme

It’s never too early to start saving for your retirement. If you meet the qualifying criteria, you will be automatically enrolled into our NEST pension scheme where both you and the business contribute each month.

Retirement Bonus

If you have worked for us for 10 years or more, we offer a generous retirement bonus equal to £100 per completed year of service as a token of our appreciation of your dedication and service (up to a maximum of 20 years).

Free Work Essentials

We provide uniforms, DBS, PVG and SSSC checks, tea/coffee/snacks!

Training and development including Apprenticeships

We pride ourselves in creating development opportunities for all whether that’s an apprenticeship at all levels or development and coaching through Supervisions/121s as well as training and development opportunities to improve skills, knowledge and behaviour. So many of our managers started as apprentices or practitioners at Thrive so it’s all there for you if you want it.

Colleague assistance programme

24/7 access to telephone counselling in your hour of need.

A culture of inclusion and development.

We are committed to a culture which respects inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. This is about your colleague experience and journey with Thrive from application to interview, from onboarding to personal development. We are committed to providing engaging and inspirational experiences so that you can develop and grow with us. So many of our Practitioners who start with us have successfully become Nursery Managers and beyond. But your career doesn’t stop there. Have a look at all the opportunities across all our central support teams as well as Operations. The sky is the limit!

Our Nursery Manager at Thornliebank, Danielle Kelly

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