17 Oct, 2022

Early Years Educator - London

  • London Early Years Foundation (LEYF)
  • London, UK
Full or Part Time Qualified Practitioner Senior Practitioner

Job Details

LEYF is passionate about making sure our children are as safe, fit, and healthy as possible. Critical to this is ensuring children eat delicious and nutritious food every day, and develop healthy eating habits for life. We know that the nursery chef is critical to this, so we invest heavily in our nursery chefs and they are integral to the nursery team.

Burgess Park Nursery operates during term time, this role will be 15 hours over 5 days, 39 weeks per year.

Job Requirements

  • Planning and preparing nutritionally well-balanced meals for children at the nursery, always following the LEYF policies and procedures including ‘Healthy Eating’ and ‘Allergy’.
  • Actively participating in LEYF’s pioneering Early Years Chef Academy, a CACHE Level 3 endorsed award. This course costs £1000 for externals but is free for LEYF chefs.
  • Supporting the nursery’s approach to healthy eating, including running cooking and food-related activities with children, and, after taking part in our Early Years Chef Academy, supporting staff and parents around healthy child nutrition.
  • Undertaking general housekeeping duties of the nursery and assisting in maintaining a hygienic, safe and healthy environment.
  • Contributing to the wider LEYF chef community by sharing ideas for menus, recipes, food-related activities with children.
  • Protecting and promoting the safeguarding and welfare of the children.

Working at Burgess Park Pre-School (2-5 years)

  • Small vibrant nursery
  • Strong community focus
  • Stable and committed team

Age Range: 2-5 years
OFSTED Rating: Outstanding


Take a look around

Burgess Park Gallery


Staff Benefits

We know it's our team that makes LEYF great. When you join us as a permanent member of staff, you will enjoy many benefits:

  • Pay competitive with the sector
  • 50% discount on nursery fees (pro-rata)
  • 7% pension contribution
  • A minimum of 23 days’ annual leave per year (up to 36 days) including 8 Bank Holidays, plus 3 days over Christmas
  • Sick pay entitlement (after 6 months’ service)
  • Paid overtime
  • Refer a friend bonus (up to £550)
  • Maternity, paternity & shared parental leave entitlement (after 2 years’ service)
  • Up to 5 days' special leave entitlement
  • Access to LEYF’s training academy and MY LEYF online learning platform - 8 days’ paid training per year
  • 10% GLL gym discount
  • Tea and coffee
  • MY LEYF modules on meditation, mindfulness and mental wellbeing
  • Employee Assistance Programme; support and counselling and advice on financial and legal issues
  • Eligibility for a hardship fund grant
  • Season pass loan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounts on shopping with Employee Purchase Programme
  • Invitations to LEYF social events - Summer Conference, BBQ, Christmas Party, Awards.

Career Progression

We know it’s our people who make LEYF great. That’s why we value each staff member and offer:

  • Pay and conditions above the national average in the nursery sector
  • A nurturing, fun and value-led working environment
  • An award-winning staff training and development programme
  • The opportunity to make a real difference to children’s lives

Right to work in the United Kingdom

Non-UK citizens must for and gain a Visa and Work Permit beforeing to work in the UK.


Address: 183-185 Glengall Road
SE15 6RS


Early Years Practitioner, Early Years Teacher

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