Rewarding careers in childcare and education

Whether you’re seeking a qualified Early Years Educator role or an Early Years Apprentice position, working at Seymour House will make you feel, valued, supported, encouraged, and rewarded. We know that it’s YOU that makes our nurseries outstanding, which is why we go the extra mile to make our team feel happy and fulfilled in their careers.

So, if you’re motivated by a desire to help children to learn and develop, and you have a passion for providing outstanding care and education, we’d love to hear from you. We have a range of Early Years job opportunities across our eleven nursery schools in Essex and Hertfordshire. And with an ever-expanding range of team benefits, you’ll find a rewarding Early Years career at Seymour House.

Current Vacancies

Early Years Educator

We have an exciting Early Years Educator opportunity at our Outstanding Highfield Lane Nursery in St Albans.


St Albans


£24,500 - £26,500

Early Years Educator

We have an exciting Early Years Educator opportunity at our Outstanding Springfield Road nursery in Chelmsford




£22,500 - £24,500

"Seymour House has given me opportunities to further my training and progress in my career"

Why Join Us?

Whatever your life goals, we have exciting opportunities to help you achieve them. Above and beyond our market leading rates of pay we offer:

Career & Skills Development

  • Teacher Training – a fully funded one year course to qualify as an Early Years Teacher
  • Training pathways – specifically tailored to your role
  • Swap Shop, swap with someone at another nursery for a week or two to enhance your experience
  • Apprenticeship programme – gain a Level 3 qualification in an outstanding day nursery
  • Training fund – is there something interesting you would like to study?  Make a request to the training fund
  • iCan – Do you have an interest or talent that you would like to share across the whole organisation?  You will be supported to share your interest, sport, arts, and hobbies
  • Skills Development Programme – Swapping your normal role for a period in another nursery, working alongside the leadership team to develop your skills
  • Future Leader Group – meet termly and focus on gaining confidence in leadership skills. Topics range from coaching, time management through to nursery tours.
  • Leadership Investment Training (LIT) – an invite only group, run by the Area Head of Operations.  Most LIT members go on to management roles.

Health, wellbeing and home

  • Part time opportunities – ideal for those who don’t want full time roles
  • Flexible relief roles – ideal if you can’t commit to a permanent contract
  • School hours roles – work around your child’s school commitments
  • Nursery discount – helps when returning to work after having your own little ones
  • Cycle2Work scheme – save the environment, stay fit and healthy, and reduce the cost of a brand-new bike
  • Discounted gym membership – healthy body, happy mind, fuller wallet
  • Financial Wellbeing Service – arrange a session with a personal finance expert to help you achieve your money goals
  • Annual Nursery Awards – A fun evening where the team get together to recognise individual achievement, progress and outstanding practice.
  • Eyecare vouchers and Flu jab – We can provide eyecare vouchers for Specsavers and cover the cost of Flu jabs.

Having fun and giving back

  • Charity of the year – nominate your preferred charity and the whole team will support you in fund raising
  • Go-to-Goa – the chance to join support Colchester Institute on a charity trip to Goa, India.
  • Recommend a friend – recommend a friend to join us and receive £300 as a thank you
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Frequently Asked Questions

We are always looking for passionate people to join our team. Below are some FAQs but feel free to contact us with the form below to ask anything you like.

We have a variety of opportunities at Seymour House with different qualification requirements.

For all of our Early Years Educator roles we require a minimum of a Level 3 qualification in Early Years.

Lunch Assistant and Relief Team opportunities do not require a Level 3 qualification, just a passion for providing outstanding care and education.

Similarly if you do not have a Level 3 qualification, but you are keen to commence a career in childcare, you may be interested in our Early Years Advanced Apprenticeship programme. You are eligible for this is you are aged 17 or over and have achieved a GCSE grade A*-C in English Language and Maths.

If you gained your qualification in a country other than the UK, then you will need to provide evidence that your qualification is full and relevant. Qualifications gained outside the UK can be verified via the UKNARIC website.

Once applications have been shortlisted, our team will contact you via phone to discuss our opportunities in more detail, and if you are successful, invite you to attend an interview.

Following the initial telephone call, you will be invited to attend a skype or video-call interview, where we will discuss your background and the role in more detail, and ask to you answer some competency based questions.

If you are successful, you will be invited to a second-stage interview with two of our Nursery Managers at the nursery setting. You will have the opportunity to take a tour of the the nursery, giving you an insight into our values and practice, and a chance to decide whether the position is the right role for you.

You will be asked to carry out a short activity with the children during this interview. You will be informed of the activity in advance of the interview so that you have time to prepare.

If you are a newly qualified applicant, or you have not previously worked in an Early Years setting before, then we appreciate this may be quite daunting, so you will be working alongside a Senior team member helping to carry out an activity.

The interview process is your opportunity to demonstrate your passion for Early Years Education, along with your skills and expertise. It is also your chance to see whether Seymour House is the right choice for you. Before the interview, have a read through the Interview Pack, which will be emailed to you, and think of how you can demonstrate your skills and enthusiasm. Ideally this will be by using examples from previous work, or placement experiences.

Our managers will tell you all baout what it is like to work for Seymour House, and the benefits you can expect, but have a think before the interview, of any questions you may have. You will have the opportunity to ask these at the interview.

Prepare your journey to the interview in advance – do you know exactly where the nursery is located, and how long it takes to get there? It does not create a good impression if you arrive late for your interview.

Also remember to dress smartly and appropriately for working in an Early Years setting.

You should bring with you evidence of your right to work in the UK. Ideally this will be your passport, however if you do not have a passport, then you can also provide a full birth certificate along with a document containing your national Insurance number. A full list of acceptable documents can be found here.

You should also bring with you your certificates for any qualifications that are required for the role.

If you are successful at the second stage interview, you will be contacted and offered a conditional offer of employment. This offer is condition upon us receiving 2 satisfactory references (One of which must be your current or most recent employer), an enhanced DBS disclosure, and proof of your qualifications and your right to work in the UK.

Find out what parents say about us

Sarah Leete

We have always been and remain confident that when we leave our daughter Nursery, she receives the highest level of care and pre-school education available. We would have no hesitation recommending Seymour House to any friends seeking high quality childcare

Mrs Ellis

I would like to thank the nursery team for the outstanding care they have given to Millie over the past three years.  Every Team member is kind, thoughtful and professional

David and Katrin Bome

We have always been very pleased with the care, knowledge, professionalism, skill, and nurturing nature of the team

Chloe Jenkins

The nursery team are amazing and have made the process of returning to work so much easier for me.  I have complete confidence in them

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