First job? Make it Early Years.

An apprenticeship with us offers you hands-on experience and training in lively, diverse settings all while earning a salary.

As one of our teachers in training, you will be part of a passionate and inspiring team, enabling each child to be the best they can be through wonderful experiences that enrich and extend their learning.

Work in a fun, nurturing environment, with the time to build warm relationships with other staff and children in your care.

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The thing I liked most was being given the challenge of doing things I'd never done before.
Apprentice at New Cross Nursery

“Just seeing the children grow. That’s what it is for me.” Josiah, an apprentice at our New Cross Nursery, discusses what he loves about working in Early Years.

What’s in it for you?

  • 12–18-month training programme working with under 5s
  • £12,500 annual salary for under 25s
  • £16,500 annual salary for over 25s
  • Wage increase in year two*
  • Oyster card travel discount (age 16–25)
  • Guaranteed interview for a LEYF post on successful completion of course
  • Level 3 Early Years Qualification
  • First step towards starting a rewarding career
  • Laptop lending scheme

*National minimum wage or whatever hourly rate is greater.

Watch Paige, an apprentice at our Camberwell Grove nursery, talk about how LEYF has helped develop her career in Early Years.


  • Minimum Grade C/4 in GCSE English and maths or Level 2 Functional Skills
  • Energy, enthusiasm and the desire to make a difference to children’s lives
  • A passion for Early Years education and childcare
  • A can-do attitude
  • Ability to commit for 12–18 months
My manager and the department around me showed a trust in my ability that I really didn’t expect to get as an apprentice.
Apprentice at New Cross Nursery

Our training venue

Our bespoke Apprentice Academy is based in Peckham, near to the green space of Burgess Park and a 15-minute walk from Peckham high street.

Our address is:

LEYF Apprentice Academy

183-185 Glengall Road


SE15 6RS


We run three apprenticeship programmes every year, throughout the year. As well as in our nurseries, we also offer office-based apprenticeships.

It’s never too late to apply. Many of our apprentices are aged 16 to 18, but you can be an apprentice at any age.

If you’d like to find out more about our next programme, please get in touch.

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