Help change the world, one child at a time.


Help change the world, one child at a time.


Earn While You Learn

Are you looking for a career in Early Years? Have you always had a passion for working with children?


We’re looking for people with:

  • At least a Grade C (4 or 5) in GCSE English OR Level 2 Functional skills in English
  • Minimum GCSE D (3) Maths or Functional skills Level 1
  • Energy, enthusiasm and a desire to make a difference
  • Passionate about education and children
  • Participate in your own development
  • Able to commit to a full apprenticeship programme

We can also take applications with a Level 2 (or lower) in childcare who are working towards their Level 3 Early Years Educator Qualification.


Send us your contact details and we'll get in touch with the next steps.

What's in it for you?

As one of our apprentices, you’ll be a member of a passionate team enabling children to be the best they can be.

  • Work placement in one of our 30+ London nurseries.
  • 18 months long programme.
  • 50 days training.
  • Working with under 5’s.
  • Competitive salary.
  • 30% discount for weekly or monthly travel cards.
  • NUS Apprentice extra card.
  • Guaranteed interview for Practitioner post upon successful completion of the course.

Join the LEYF Apprenticeship Programme!

The London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) are the UK’s largest childcare social enterprise. As a registered charity, we believe that our 38 nurseries across London have a duty to be a part of and support their local communities, to break down barriers by offering quality childcare to all local families.

We have now opened our 2019 Early Years Educator level 3 apprenticeship programme! We are recruiting motivated, enthusiastic and ambitious learners to join us. You will be based at one of our 37 nurseries in London and receive excellent training and support from our dedicated team.

What do our Apprentices say?

  • "I feel as though my input and contributions are acknowledged and valued. I am also given opportunities to build on my knowledge and expertise."

    LEYF staff member (Staff Survey)
  • "What struck me about LEYF was the immense opportunities for growth. Training has consistently been available which has really helped enhance my skillset."

    Natasha, Queensborough Community Nursery
  • "I know that LEYF is the company to give me a better future."

    Skye, LEYF Apprentice