Real stories

There’s no such thing as a typical day in early years and childcare.  

Discover the real stories from early years educators making a difference their way.

Calling bright minds and big hearts

Meet Sam, a proud childminder and early years educator who shares why becoming a childminder was the best thing she’s ever done. Watch her story and be inspired to do something big.

Explore a day in the life

Delve into the roles of these early years professionals as they share a day in their world and the most rewarding moments of their jobs.

Donna: childcare apprentice
Holly: childcare apprentice – level 3 qualified
Maryam: childcare apprentice – level 3 qualified
Louise: nursery manager
Brodie: childminder
Caroline: nursery owner

Childcare champions

Read the success stories of those already in early years and childcare. They tell us where they work and what their role is like.

Lyndsey – childminder

Meet Lyndsey, a childminder with 10 years experience, who has been able to work flexibly, allowing her time to care for her own child.


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Will – club manager

Give a big high five to Will, who kicked off his career as an apprentice and has proudly progressed to the role of wraparound club manager.


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Liam – level 3 early years teacher

Liam, a nursery practitioner, shares his career journey as a male in early years education.

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Patrick – wraparound coordinator

Patrick swapped training adults for teaching and inspiring young children.


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Lynne – childminder

Lynne swapped her day job for the heart warming world of smiles and cuddles by building a fulfilling childminding business.


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Kerry – wraparound owner

Having worked in childcare for many years, Kerry now owns a thriving wraparound childcare company.


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Working in early years and childcare

Explore the many different types of roles in early years and childcare.


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Job application support

Find out how you can get support with your application.

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Search for jobs

If you’re ready to apply now, you can search for jobs in the early years and childcare sector. There are around 30,000 nurseries and pre-schools in the UK, so there are lots of opportunities out there.