Management Careers

Why join us?

Managers are the beating heart of everything we do here at N. They are the centre of our communities, and the people our customers and teams look to for guidance. They’re also responsible for delivering high-quality education every day, alongside commercial targets.

It takes a special kind of person to be an Outstanding manager; one with exceptional levels of skill, knowledge, composure, passion, empathy and leadership. That is why we’ve built the leading Manager’s package in the sector and support our leaders with training and opportunities to meet and learn from one another.

There’s even an annual ski (and spa!) trip to help our managers connect, relax and recharge.

Childcare Discount

Managers – 60% discount off childcare
Deputy Managers – 50% off childcare
Room Leaders – 45% off childcare
Nursery Nurse – 40% off childcare

Leading Pay & Bonuses

The nursery bonus is related to how you deliver on our ‘Wildly Important Goals’ of Outstanding Education and Customer Happiness. In addition to this, if you are in a
management role, you can also receive an annual bonus for glowing team happiness feedback. There’s also a oneoff bonus for gaining an Ofsted Outstanding (and one in your mock for newly launched sites)!

Career Progression

Unparalleled progression opportunities at Once Upon A Time Daycare.

Who we’re looking for


  • Experience as a 3rd in charge, Deputy or Manager at an ‘Outstanding’ nursery
  • Experience of large or multi site nurseries
  • Relevant Early Years Qualification, Level 3 or above
  • Level 3 Early Years qualification or above
  • Genuine passion for education and making a difference to the lives of children
  • Positive outlook (someone who always sees the glass as half full)
  • Bags of drive and motivation with a ‘make it happen’ attitude
  • A love for customer service (you want to make people happy)
  • High energy brought to every task you take on, and a solutions driven approach to problems