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Early Years Assistant

Reference number: SW-011194
  • Salary: £21,600 - £22,600 per
  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Employer: London Early Years Foundation
  • Location: SE22 9EP and SE5 8JU
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We’re the London Early Years Foundation, or LEYF Nurseries for short; a family of 40 nurseries. Our people love working for us because we focus on the child and their family and give them the best start in life.  

LEYF is known for quality teachers — we give you strong in-house training and access to promotion. Our nurseries feel independent and community focused, and teams take care of each other.  

What’s in it for you? 

“LEYF has helped my career through ongoing training and support.”  Caroline, Early Years Educator 

  • Lots of training, promotions and a good salary for the sector
  • Flexible working contract choices  full-time, part-time (3 days, AM or PM shifts)
  • Generous pension at 7% from us (1% from you)
  • 70% discount on childcare fees
  • Up to 35 days off a year, including 8 bank holidays, 3 days off between Christmas and New Year, and your birthday (pro-rated for part-time hours)
  • Sector-leading parental leave
  • Many other benefits that take care of you, including access to the Headspace app, shopping discounts, annual conference and money for team celebrations

A bit about the role 

“I like the teamwork here. They’ve given me a lot of skills to help develop my career.”  Estefania, Early Years Assistant 

If you’re a natural with children and want to find out if childcare is for you, this could be a great next step.  

You’ll support the nursery team in supervising fun activities, caring for the children and keeping them safe and happy.  

As part of the team, you might take the children on a train to the Science Museum, hop on a bus to make friends at a nearby LEYF nursery, or join in baking sessions with the children and your nursery chef.   

While entry qualifications aren’t necessary, if you want to learn more, we can help you get the training you need. Whether this is your first step into work or you’re looking for a career change, age is no barrier.  

About the nursery 

“My nursery is like a family.” – O’Shana, Room Leader  

Rated Outstanding by Ofsted, Camberwell Grove Nursery and Pre-School provides Early Years education and care to children from birth to 5 years old. You can find us in Camberwell, close to Denmark Hill and East Dulwich stations. We’re a bright, spacious nursery with a large garden. Our children enjoy yoga and PE, singing and signing nursery rhymes, messy arts play, cooking, construction and growing vegetables on their own on-site allotment. 

You will need: 

  • The right to work in the UK
  • To be able to work all year round
  • A strong work ethic
  • An ability to safeguard and protect children
  • To be positive, reliable and friendly

Please forward your cv to Mark at

Date posted: 21/09/2022

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