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Early Years Teaching Assistant (Unqualified)

London Early Years Foundation
Dagenham, Essex
Up to 22600 UKP per year
Closing date
4 Dec 2023

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Contract Type
Full Time
Support Staff, Apprentice

Job Details

If you love children, this could be the job for you

“When I come back from holiday, the children’s faces light up.” ? Bobbi-Jo, former Apprentice

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.

  • 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

About the nursery

Rated Good by Ofsted, Leys Nursery and Pre-School provides Early Years education and childcare to children from birth to 5 years old. You can find us in Dagenham, not far from Dagenham East underground station and close to The Leys park. We’re a bright, modern nursery, with rooms for different age groups and a surrounding garden for free-flow play.

Apply now

Contact us today, our friendly recruiters are waiting to hear from you.


At LEYF, we are more than just a nursery. We are making a difference every day to the lives of children in areas of London where there is limited access to high-quality early years education for local children, especially those living in poverty.

With a network of 39 nurseries across London, we are one of the largest providers of funded places for two-year-olds in London, and over 50% of those nurseries are rated Outstanding by Ofsted. As a social enterprise, our profits are invested back into our organisation so that we can continue to provide this high-quality education for all children and their families.

If you want to work somewhere with real purpose and heart, LEYF has a role for you. Whilst you are working to support our children, we make sure to support you too. You’ll benefit from:

  • Award-winning training and development
  • 26 days annual leave + 8 paid training days each year
  • Extensive benefits (including 70% of childcare fees and your birthday off)
  • Flexible working options
  • Money to celebrate Ofsted inspections as a team
  • Sector-leading parental leave pay (50% of your salary)

We want you want to be part of our supportive team that makes a difference every day and gives every child the best start in life, apply for one of our roles today and see find opportunities to grow with us in your new career journey.

Company info
020 7592 3620
121 Marsham Street

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