Looking for a career in childcare?

Opportunities to train as an Early Years Practitioner

A job in early years and childcare is unique and rewarding. You get to be part of a child’s early education and help to shape their future. No matter what the day brings, you’ll feel joy in seeing children grow, learn and flourish.

Puffins is looking for passionate individuals who want to train to work with children. You must be fun, reliable, kind, caring and compassionate as well as committed to professional development – you don’t need any previous experience.

We have opportunities for both full and part time staff, and have five nurseries in and around Exeter.

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To apply for an Early Years Assistant role, complete the 2024 APPLICATION FORM (with Health Dec)- Jan 2024.doc or call us on 01392 496017

Why work for Puffins?

  • With 5 settings there will always be opportunities for progression to Room Leader, Deputy and Centre Manager for those with the ability and the willingness to develop.
  • Free Uniform.
  • Free DBS.
  • Wellbeing: We provide an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which allows staff to get free confidential advice on many topics including relationships, work issues, bereavement, family issues, stress, financial problems.  This service is also available to their families.
  • Pay advances when times are hard.
  • Loans for travel costs.
  • Flexible working patterns.
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discount on gym membership
  • Staff suggestion scheme with financial rewards
  • Holiday Entitlement. Currently we offer the statutory 28 days for most roles, rising to 33 days for more senior staff, plus:
    • Extra day holiday after 4 years’ service.
    • Birthday day off. After 1 year of service each employee is entitled to an extra day of annual leave to use on or around their birthday.
    • Self Care day – every employee is entitled to an extra day off each year to look after their wellbeing.
    • Company wellbeing day – the whole company is closed one extra day a year for staff to celebrate their own wellbeing.
  • Pension Scheme.
  • Paid bereavement leave.
  • Discount Scheme. All employees can take advantage of discounts offered through PIB Client Portal which provides discounts on shopping, travel, food, clothing and much more.
  • Childcare Discount 50%. Currently staff can receive a discount of 50% for the non-funded hours that their child attends a Puffins Nursery.
  • Long service awards from 3 years service.
  • Team building events.
  • Social Gatherings.
  • Refer a Friend Bonus. Staff who recommend a friend to come and work with us will receive £100 bonus once their friend successfully completes their probation.
  • Every month there is an Employee of the Month, who receives a gift to the value of £50.
  • Annual Puffins Party and Awards Ceremony that celebrates the successes of individuals and teams.
  • Free breakfast available in every staff room.

Current vacancies

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We currently have vacancies at Puffins for Early Years Educators!

Please email hr@puffinsofexeter.com.

Puffins Training

Thinking of a career in Early Years?

Look no further! Puffins Training Ltd is a specialist in Apprenticeships and Training in Early Years, with over 20 years’ experience in providing high level training and qualifications.

Whether you want to start a career in childcare and education or are an experienced Early Years Practitioner who wants to extend their knowledge and gain advanced qualifications, we have the course for you.

Email us on train@puffinsofexeter.com

Starting out

We offer an Intermediate Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People’s Workforce for people looking to start their careers in childcare.

An apprenticeship is a valuable and recognised programme where apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money all at the same time.

Achieving the Apprenticeship means that you would gain a QCF Qualification at Level 2 in The Children and Young People’s Workforce (equivalent to GCSE’s), and Functional Skills at level 1 or 2 in English, ICT and maths. You will also receive training in paediatric first aid, food hygiene, equality and diversity, safeguarding and employment rights and responsibilities.

If this sounds like a lot to take on, don’t worry – most of your learning and assessment takes place on-the-job, and you get plenty of support from your tutor, assessor and work-based mentor.

It takes a minimum 12 months to get an Intermediate Apprenticeship.


Once you have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship you can progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship, which is equivalent to a diploma or A-levels. An Advanced Apprenticeship takes 12mths to complete and there are entry requirements for this course.

Case Studies
Apprenticeships enable this childcare provider to build a highly qualified workforce and exceed industry requirements. Have a read below of the case studies written by member’s of the Puffins team:

Chelsea Brown Case Study PDF

Eve Howell Case Study PDF

Toni Morey Case Study PDF