Trainee Manager Programme

Tops Day Nurseries are delighted to announce the launch of their Trainee Manager Programme!

The programme has been introduced to support our current ambitious and aspiring colleagues who would like to progress in their careers to become a Nursery Manager in the future. By being on the programme, colleagues are provided with additional training, coaching and mentoring by our Senior Nursery Managers and Quality Managers.

Colleagues are either nominated by their line manager or can apply through an internal application. Successful colleagues are assigned a designated coach within their area to support and work closely with them throughout the whole programme. Our Senior Managers and Quality Managers have received additional training themselves to ensure they have the skills needed to coach others. Training and coaching can be provided online via zoom video calls, which enables learners to access various levels, roles and departments within the company.

The Trainee Manager Programme allows colleagues to be exposed to different areas within the Company and will give them the experience, skills and knowledge that they need in order to become a successful Nursery Manager in the future!

Here are some testimonials from our Trainee Managers that are currently on programme!

‘’Since starting at Tops I have been very lucky to join the Tops Trainee Managers Programme, I knew when I first joined the company that one day I would love to run my own nursery as the nursery felt like home to me. I felt the programme was the best way for me to learn on the job from an established manager and means that I have been able to learn about the business and the day to day running of the nursery. I was also very lucky that my Coach is always willing to explain to me anything that I have questions about and is always on hand to talk through anything. My Coach has literally taught me how to be a manager and the expectations of tops.

I have had the opportunity to complete my Level 5 in childcare and I am currently undertaking my level 3 in Management.  The programme has opened doors for me to complete lots of training and this has been a great opportunity to learn new things. ‘’ (Jo Parry, Tops Gillingham)

‘‘The Trainee Manager Programme is supporting me to achieve my ambition as it is preparing me with the skills, knowledge and experience I will need when entering a Managers position one day. As a Trainee Manager, I have the support of my coach, who is continually supporting my professional development. Since joining this programme, I have gained so much confidence in running the setting when my Manager is not present. One of my biggest achievements to date was being in charge of the setting during a period of Covid 19, I feel this was one of my biggest achievements as it was such a big challenge, and I handled it confidently, which I don’t feel I could have done before joining this programme. I am very excited to see what opportunities in the future the Trainee Manager Programme will bring me.’’ (Charlotte Richardson, Tops Corfe)

Providing happy, nurturing childcare for the hours you need, across over 30 nursery settings in: BabbacombePlymouthBournemouthCharminsterCopnorFawleyGillinghamCorfe MullenHavantLakesideLymingtonTauntonNewportPoolePortsmouthSalisbury,
SouthseaWarehamWimborneWinchester, and Yeovil

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