Careers in childcare

Work in early years

If you’re looking for a job that’s rewarding, fun and has the potential to change lives, then working in early years could be the career for you. We’re looking for people who’re caring, creative and full of energy to work in early years settings across Edinburgh.

Current opportunities

New opportunities below will be advertised from 22 April 2019.

Find our early years vacancies on myjobscotland

Vacancies in our partner provider nurseries are listed on recruitment websites.

To find out more email

Modern apprentices (MA) and trainee Early Years Practitioners

You’ll work and train over 2 years and complete an SVQ level 3, earning as you learn. After qualifying you can earn around £22,000 pro rata. Details below.

Early Years Assistants

You’ll work within a nursery and complete training at SVQ level 2, within 5 years of starting. We fund the cost of training which you’ll do at evening classes. No minimum qualifications required. Details below.

Foundation apprenticeships for school pupils

You can complete a Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services: Children and Young People in 5th and 6th year which is most of the SVQ level 2 and the equivalent of at least one Higher.

Contact or come along to A Job and A Joy on Friday 29 March to find out more.

Working for us

Benefits of working for us include 

  • childcare vouchers
  • high street discounts
  • a bike to work scheme
  • an interest-free loan to pay for travel tickets.


The starting annual salary for a trainee is £16,287 pro rata for term time working.

Working hours

You will work 36 hours a week, Monday to Friday, during term time.

Term time is 39 weeks, 195 days, of the year.

During your traineeship, your week will consist of

  • four and half days working at one of our nurseries or early years centres.
  • one afternoon training with our academy.

The training includes assessments in the work place and written assessments. 

An assessor will support you throughout your training. We assign you a mentor for each work placement.  

Childcare in Scotland

The Scottish Government’s target is to expand funded early learning and childcare from 600 to 1,140 hours by 2020. 

Learn about careers in childcare on the Scottish Government website.

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