London Nursery Bank Staff Agency

Purple Dove is a London nursery bank staff agency based in Stanmore and recruiting in greater London and the home counties.

Purple Dove has been an early year’s recruitment agency specialising in nursery bank staff since 2015. We recruit keen nursery staff, to provide support for your nursery positions.

For Nurseries

Purple Dove provides nursery bank staff for daily, weekly and longer-term cover.

Vetted bank staff

All agency workers will have a DBS issued within 3 months at the point they starting with us and/or will be registered on the update service.

We do the Paperwork

We collect all paperwork with photo ID, proof of address, proof of qualification if childcare/early years related, two satisfactory references and of course a clear DBS plus we ask if they have PFA or EFA certificate.

Safety & Happiness

The safety and happiness of the children is integral to your business. We only work with early years childcare professionals who are passionate about working in the childcare industry.

Our Service

We offer a full wrap around service including hosting your vacancy on our job board, evaluating CVs and selecting those with the right fit, screening candidates, organising interviews and checking references.

Call us to register your bank staff needs.

For Candidates

  • Ideal qualifications
  • Benefits for bank staff
  • Requirements for nursery positions
  • Next steps

Ideal qualifications

We do consider unqualified candidates with childcare experience; these positions are also ideal for students wanting flexible work or holiday work. But ideally, we’d look for a minimum of a L2/L3 qualification in childcare.

Benefits for bank staff

  • Competitive rates, starting at £10 per hour.
  • We work with your availability, on a weekly basis.
  • We pay you weekly.

Ideal Requirements for nursery positions

  • Availability; 3 or more full days per week, between 8am and 6pm.
  • Be willing to travel up to an hour.
  • Hold a full and relevant early years childcare qualification level 2 or higher.
  • Have some experience working with the early years (0-5y) age group.
  • Have an Enhanced Child Workforce DBS issued within 3 months (or signed up to the update service) or be willing to undergo a new one with Purple Dove Recruitment Ltd.

Next Steps

Visit the Purple Dove Job Board and apply or fill in our Temporary Employment form

We will arrange a video chat with you at a mutually convenient time.

We will arrange an informal and confidential interview and will not request any references without your consent nor will we send your CV to employers without your consent.

What is the Role of Bank Staff?

The role of bank staff is to cover for or supplement permanent or part time staff. Usually bank staff cover for sickness, absence, holidays and periods of temporary fluctuation in child numbers. Bank staff have to understand and apply the nursery’s policies and procedures like a permanent employee.

About Purple Dove

Purple Dove has been recruiting nursery bank staff and permanent nursery staff for over seven years. We are passionate about exceeding expectations for our employers and employees.

You’ll find that we’re available outside office hours, giving you the best possible service. Our approach is professional and based on our core values:

Integrity, open and transparent relationships.

Trust, reliable and truthful communication.

Passion, determined and committed to giving the best service.

About Our Director, Shama Jaswal

Shama has grown Purple Dove into a niche company, working closely with clients and candidates over the last decade. She is committed to the best possible service for both nurseries and candidates.

What are Nurseries Say

‘Caring, professional and ultra-efficient – Purple Dove helped us find our perfect nursery manager in record time and we now have a great partnership which covers all our recruitment needs.’

Eugene, Nursery Founder, London

What are Candidates Say

‘You have made the…thought of finding a new job…easy for me! You have always been there if I need to ask a question no matter what time… Thank you for being so patient and helping me find the job that suits me best…’


Our FAQ for Nurseries and Candidates

If you have any questions about using our services as a nursery or candidates then please click here for our FAQ.

If you have any questions then please call or contact us via our email address.