Staff and Careers

  • Join the First Place team

  • We are a small, friendly company with three nurseries in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Since 2005 when we first opened our doors, we have strived to give the children in our care the best possible start. We recognise that in order to do that we need to recruit the best possible staff. You are our greatest asset and from the day you start your journey with us you will be nurtured and supported every step of the way through your induction.

    We will empower you to show initiative, creativity and innovation within your team and throughout First Place.

    We want you to feel fulfilled and be the best that you can be at what you are most passionate about, childcare. There will be opportunities to develop and progress to higher levels along the way. Come and join us on your journey.

    We are now recruiting nursery staff for positions including Nursery Nurses, Senior Nursery Nurses, Assistant Room Managers and Room Managers. We offer competitive salaries depending on your qualifications, experience and skill set.

  • Staff testimonials

    My name is Chloe and I started working for First Place Nursery in Radlett as an Assistant Nursery Nurse in 2016. I had already gained a Level 2 qualification in childcare but had then changed direction in my career but realised how much I had missed working with children. After successfully completing my probationary period, I was encouraged to begin my Level 3 qualification in childcare. I was unsure if I wanted to start studying again, particularly as I have dyslexia, but I need not have worried as throughout the course I received lots of support from my manager and colleagues. When I qualified in 2018 I received a £100 voucher and was promoted to Nursery Nurse and was still working towards being a Senior Nursery Nurse. During this time I also received an award of ‘Rising Star’ which really encouraged me to continue working hard. In 2019 I was promoted to Senior Nursery Nurse and loved working in Pre School (Saturn} and enjoyed the team I was working with. I am now Room Manager of the 2 ½ – 3 Class (Jupiter}, I love my new role which I started in September 2020, I have enjoyed all the new responsibilities and I have had lots of support from my Manager to do my best as a Room Manager. I really love coming to work each day as we are such a great team and always work well together.

    — Chloe, Nursery Nurse, June 2021

    When joining First Place Nursery, I had little experience working with children below primary school age. However, I have quickly settled into my new role thanks to the Radlett team. Their kind, caring and welcoming nature has made this place quickly feel like home, always told to ask questions no matter how many times I’ve already asked before.

    I have loved getting to know the staff, as well as all of the children. Learning the daily routine and having my room manager delegate more and more tasks to me each day has helped improved my confidence, knowing I’m trusted to lead activities and help with the planning.

    Teaching at the nursery, the children here have become my new favourite age range. All showing unique personalities from such a young age. I have enjoyed being part of their early childhood development and am looking forward to becoming more familiar with their learning preferences, hobbies and their families, too.

    — Alexandra, Nursery Nurse, December 2020

    I’d never started at a workplace that made me feel as welcome as coming to First Place did. The company has been so supportive of me through my qualifications, even supporting me now as I do my degree in teaching. During my time here I have worked my way up the ladder going from a nursery nurse to now the pre school room manager. It’s been so comforting to have a company that believes in you and helps you achieve your goals! Everyone is so supportive of each other and I wouldn’t have achieved as much as I have if it wasn’t for the team here.

    — April, Room Manager, December 2020

    My name is Harley Hall and I have worked at First Place Nurseries since April 2012. I initially started as a nursery nurse, covering maternity leave but due to a successful probation I was offered a permanent position and soon after I became a senior nursery nurse. In the 8, nearly 9 years of working for First Place I have worked my way up and had the opportunity to explore and experience various roles, including Room Manager and Third in charge and I am Deputy manager at present. The support from management throughout my journey at First Place has given me the confidence to progress as they have always believed in me and helped me to face any challenges that have occurred along the way. First Place is a lovely company to work for and I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey so far!

    — Harley, Deputy Manager, December 2020
    • Competitive salaries

    • A staff pension scheme

    • Childcare provision with substantial discounts up to 80%

    • Eligibility for First Place Nurseries targets bonus scheme

    • Excellent in-house training and careers progression opportunities

    • First DBS paid for

    • Online paperless learning journeys

    • 35 days holiday – 28 days inclusive of bank holidays plus an additional 7 days paid holiday for Christmas closure

    • Free car parking

    • Team building events

    • Performance reward and recognition scheme

  • Apply Now

    Due to our expanding nurseries we have many positions available.

    Please contact us with a covering email and your CV to enquiries@firstplacenurseries.com to find out more. 

    We look forward to hearing from you.