Extraordinary Early Years Careers

About us

Fun is an essential ingredient in all Childbase Partnership nurseries where the care and education opportunities for each and every child are as extraordinary as our colleagues who provide them. 

Rated ‘world class’ by Best Companies (2021), and a Great Workplace in 2022, the employee-owned Childbase Partnership has been listed as a ‘UK Top Company to Work For’ for 14 years. 

Our success is rooted in a commitment to the individual, professionally and personally, because we have proven that employee well-being, engagement and retention is critical to consistently high provision. 

In 2017 Childbase Partnership moved to employee ownership ensuring all colleagues benefit from the company’s commercial success and are invested in the long-term future of the company. As a result, it has created a climate that actively encourages innovation which continues to impact quality.  

Childbase Values:

Quality Matters

We are DETERMINED to be excellent

Communication Matters

We have a meaningful VOICE

Environment Matters

We are COMMITTED to change

Sustainability Matters

We OWN our future

People Matter

We all BELONG

Why Choose a Career in Early Years?

Working with young children is one of the most rewarding jobs that you can do. You play a key role in their learning and development from when they start nursery to the day they graduate for ‘big’ school.

Working in a nursery is fun. It can be hard work but it certainly is rewarding. Every day is different and every child unique. 

Hear from some of our colleagues below:

Nursery Roles

There are a variety of roles within our nurseries from Apprentices, to Team Leaders to Cooks to Business Administrators. More information on our roles can be found below.

This role is suitable for a professional looking to undertake an Early Years Qualification within our Childbase Academy of Excellence alongside working within the nursery environment.  You will have 20% of your time allocated to attend training and complete tasks and assessments associated with your qualification.  You will be supported by your dedicated Trainer/Assessor, Mentor and where needed Functional Skills Tutor.

This role is suitable for a professional without a qualification or who wishes to undertake an Early Years Qualification, alongside their role.  As an Unqualified Practitioner you will provide high quality care and education in a safe and inspirational environment.  Working together with the team to ensure every child, family and colleague matters by implementing inclusive practices.

This role is suitable for a professional both newly qualified and with relevant experience.  As a Qualified Level 2 or 3 Practitioner you will provide high quality care and education in a safe and inspirational environment.  Working together with the team to ensure every child, family and colleague matters by implementing inclusive practices.

This role is suitable for a professional who is level 3 qualified as a minimum looking for their first step into a management role or with relevant experience already.  A room based role, responsible for managing your room team to deliver high quality care and education, support colleague development and take on additional responsibilities out of the room as part of the Management Team.

This supernumerary role is suitable for a professional who is a minimum level 3 qualified with experience of supporting and monitoring practice with improved results.  As part of the Management Team, your role will include the delivery of our approach to high quality provision, linked to the EYFS, by supporting colleagues through role modelling and monitoring children’s progress and working in partnership with colleagues and parents.

This role is for a professional who is level 3 qualified as a minimum and with relevant experience of being part of a Management Team.  Responsible for supporting the overall effective running of the nursery and stepping up in the absence of the Manager.  You will be responsible for key aspects of the nursery including supporting and developing colleague professional development and role modelling outstanding practice to ensure a highly engaged workforce.

This supernumerary role is for a professional who is level 3 qualified as a minimum and with relevant management experience.  Responsible for the overall effective running of the nursery, you are an inspirational leader who can lead on delivering outstanding outcomes for children in partnership with parents by ensuring a highly engaged workforce.  Team work, excellent communication and problem solving are some of your key attributes.

A Nursery Chef role suits a professional who holds a basic Food Hygiene Certificate, a knowledge of dietary and allergy requirements with a love for food.  You will be responsible for ensuring nutritionally balanced seasonal menu’s which meet the needs of our children.  Can successfully manage ordering and balance on-site stock supplies and maintain good stock rotation.  Contributes to children’s learning and development through cooking activities and experiences.

A Kitchen Assistant role suits a professional who enjoys being part of a kitchen team and takes great pride in maintaining high standards of cleanliness.  Responsible for all the domestic duties and working alongside the Nursery Cook to contribute to various catering tasks, including preparation of the daily meals and collection of food from the rooms.  Can step up in the absence of the cook.

This role is for a professional with strong administration and organisational skills.  You will be responsible for supporting the Management Team to ensure the effective running of the nursery.  This includes ensuring all administrative tasks are undertaken which includes customer enquiries, bookings and financial queries and as an excellent communicator you will be front of house on the telephone and welcoming all colleagues, parents and children into the nursery.

This role is for professionals both qualified and unqualified.  Our seasonal workforce work various hours, days and times throughout the year to suit their other commitments.  In this room based role you will support the team to provide high quality care and education in a safe and inspirational environment.  Working together with the team to ensure every child, family and colleague matters by implementing inclusive practices.

Benefits, Training & Progression, and Employee Ownership

Childbase Partnership have a dedicated Training Plan for each and every colleague. We are focused on providing exciting and inspiring learning opportunities. We offer a blended approach to learning with a mix of virtual training, face-to-face training (to include on the job learning), workshops and webinars to ensure we support all learning styles. 

See what our colleagues below have to say about our benefits:

BREAKFAST & LUNCH

PERKBOX DISCOUNTS

INTERNAL TRAINING COURSES

BREAKFAST & LUNCH

PERKBOX DISCOUNTS

INTERNAL TRAINING COURSES

What do our colleagues think about working at Childbase?

“Childbase are all about looking after their employees, there are lots of benefits we are entitled to such as breakfasts and lunches provided for all staff, 50% staff discount for childcare, annual balls/festivals etc.”

“This is a company that truly cares about their employees. This is shown through the rewards and benefits we continue to receive, the flexible working contracts and the competitive pay rates. ”

Great company to work for with plenty of opportunities and training if you wish to further your career in childcare.

A rewarding role working with a great team everyday! Lots of training available to help with own professional development It’s great a company can make you feel valued and appreciated.”

What is Employee Ownership?

Every colleague in our company is a co-owner, which means they contribute to more than just the lives of the children in our nurseries, they contribute to various aspects of the company as a whole. 

Working under the banner “We all contribute, we all benefit”, Childbase Partnership employee owners have easy access to all company information and a voice individually and collectively through the 45-member, elected Partnership Council. Councillors, one from each nursery and Head Office, meet quarterly and are regular and valued contributors at main Board meetings.

Our colleagues also share in the financial success of our company and share equal tax-free Dividend Payments annually when the company has a successful year. In 2021 colleagues were paid up to £1000 and in 2022 colleagues received up to £1500 subject to NI deductions and based on hours worked within the year.

Our Nurseries

This map shows our 44 nurseries across England. You can scroll and zoom into each location to find out if we have a nursery near you.

We are proud to have all of our nurseries rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted, the regulator of Early Years settings.

Nursery Environments

All of our nurseries provide imaginative age-appropriate spaces both indoors and outdoors. View some of our environments below:

Our Career Opportunities

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