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Why Cuddly Bear?

Cuddly Bear is a great place to work because we value each colleague’s individuality in our teams AND reward our staff with great lifestyle benefits. We take pride in our work and workplaces to ensure our colleagues learn and develop themselves in their careers, are confident and secure in their work, but above all…are happy!

We have amazing teams at both Sydenham Park and Sydenham Hill, of different cultures, skills, experience, ages, qualifications, many of whom have been with us for years. We look for exceptional people with a natural empathy with children, are playful and creative or steady and calm, are skilled at caring and nurturing little ones, are qualified educators…the list is endless!

As well as qualified early years practitioners, we love hearing from non-qualified people with these kinds of special skills who want to learn in an enabling environment. That’s why we are recognised as a best practice setting by our Local Authority, we offer part-time and full-time opportunities, a fab rewards package and solid training and coaching from recognised early years’ and well-being specialists. Plus…we are ‘Outstanding’!

With our 2nd nursery NOW OPEN on Sydenham Hill, we would love to hear from you, especially if you have the special skills above. Contact Kate (HR) or Heidi (Owner/General Manager) for an informal chat, or, click on the Work Enquiry button. Let us know you’re looking for a new opportunity!

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  • Competitive salary
  • Enhanced holidays – choose 33 days’ holidays (instead of the statutory 28) or a paid bonus!

  • Personalised (free) training and development opportunities;  national qualifications, early years insights, or even our own well-being

  • A workplace pension scheme
  • A genuinely professional and caring team of practitioners supported by an experienced management team

  • Great staff facilities, separate from the nursery
  • Your own uniform
  • Great gym membership discount
  • Nursery social events during the year

The people – I haven’t worked in a place where the people are so nice

Cindy, Deputy Room Leader & SEND Officer

‘My skills are valued – we are encouraged to go further, to progress’

Sofia, Senior Early Years Practitioner

‘I love my team and the different cultures’

Ana, Early Years Practitioner

Current opportunities

Senior  or Early Years Practitioners  (L2 & L3 +); Are you special?!  You want to work in genuinely caring and professional nursery and you probably want to develop and grow in your role and career, you want to work with others who feel the same.

For a Senior EY Practitioner L3; you will already have good experience within the EYFS , you are a strong Key Worker and role model to children and colleagues. You want to learn, develop, have more responsibility, be professional…you might be a future leader or a steadfast and brilliant colleague. Contact us to find out more!

For an EY Practitioner L2 role, you probably are learning/new to the role, or maybe you are happy as an experienced childcarer and great team member! We will carry this on with you…

As well as being part of our team in either setting, you will get the support and coaching from one of our experienced Deputy Managers, to empower you. And being part of a big team will mean further opportunities ahead, if you want them…

We have a full-time 36-40 hours role, plus we can consider a part-time 2-4 day role (18-36 hours).

If you think you have the key skills of being nurturing, proactive and positive, plus you want to develop your career or learn well on the job, you definitely need to contact us! Call Kate or Heidi  for a quick chat on 0208 2917894 or click on the button below; 

Work Enquiry

We offer brilliant opportunities at Cuddly Bear to those starting or changing careers in the Early Years. If you have great nurturing skills,  relevant qualifications whether gained in the UK or from abroad, why not get in touch to find out how we can help you develop your career? Full-time, part-time, casual work as bank staff…

Contact us here;

Work Enquiry

Early Years Artists – exciting new roles !

We have brand new, full or part-time opportunities for Artists with an interest in Early Years education and children’s development, at Cuddly Bear Day Care in Sydenham, SE26.

An established and Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ nursery with a big interest in art; our ethos is very much about learning through play. Now we want to extend that through art, by being more creative, using sustainable materials to encourage young children to better explore, be curious and express themselves.

With our extensive Early Years’ experience, plus the benefit of having a local sister company which is an arts studio and community creativity hub (Artisan Village), we want to establish a new, inspirational arts and creative programme, that is part of our learning environment in our nursery.

This environment should be somewhere where our 3 and 4 year old children can continue learning through play, alongside the national curriculum, (the EYFS), through art. We want you to work with a team of Early Years practitioners in one of our 3 pre-school groups to;

  • Create an inspirational environment for children and the team, which is stimulating and exciting
  • Create an arts and creative programme of age-appropriate activities alongside the EY team
  • Develop meaningful experiences for children, by introducing basic artistic concepts and materials ie light, shadow, paint, clay, sound etc
  • To be able to nurture and understand children’s ideas and voices, to use them in the programme
  • To evaluate the value and outcomes of the activities alongside the intent of the EYFS to further plan and extend activities
  • Be involved in constructive feedback to the EY team and parents about each child

Ideally you should have this experience;

  • Qualification in an arts, design, textile or similar at degree level
  • Experience with children – babysitting, workshops, siblings – tell us!

Roles are full or part-time and for a fixed period of one year, which could be extended.

Interviews will be held on 9, 11, 12 April.

We anticipate a lot of interest in this role – we may not be able to respond to each application, individually – sorry.

Send your CV and portfolio link;  with the subject; ‘EY Artist’

We are an equal opportunities employer and we require the candidate to do an enhanced DBS check. We also will check your references as part of our robust recruitment procedure.

Finally.…we hold your cv for 12 months. If you do not want us to hold your CV for this long, please state so on your email.