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Unique environment

Spacious, tailor-made facilities in an excellent location

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A fresh approach to early years care and education

Why join Sweet Peas?

Five key benefits of working at Sweet Peas

Sweet Peas offers unique support

How are we unique?

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Dedicated fulltime housekeeper

Meticulously makes sure everything is fully stocked, clean and readily available

50% discount on childcare

You could receive childcare discounts of £9,500 pa per child.

Lunchtime cover

Fantastic supplementary resource allows you to enjoy your break without feeling rushed.

Health and Wellbeing baskets

We extend our appreciation with a basket of complimentary fruit, daily vitamins and much more.

Free quality 2-course meals

With our own catering team, homemade, we provide healthy meals to eat with the children.

Development framework

We use the "Stop, Start, Keep" process to help individuals to grow and excel in their roles.

Extensive and bespoke induction process

A full week dedicated to equipping you with everything you need to know, giving you the confidence to succeed. 

Large, fully equipped suites

With the largest suites in the area we provide kitchens, shower, bathrooms, changing areas and more.

Aesthetically pleasing location

Our nursery is located between Garforth Leisure Centre, the Monkey Maze soft play centre and new housing.

Unrestricted creativity

We wholeheartedly support team members in becoming enthusiastic educators, embracing imagination and creativity.

Good transport links

Situated on a main bus route, with a large free car park, two train stations in Garforth and 4 minutes from M1 Jn 47.

Famly App digital platform

With access to fully charged iPads with a quick and easy interface, our App alleviates paperwork.

In addition, you will be working alongside a hands on leadership team with a combined experience of 30+ years working in the Early Years Sector. We pride ourselves on our learning and development programme with ongoing CPD accredited courses provided free of charge.

Why it's a great place to work

Our Values

afe hands

Providing a Safe and Nurturing Environment for the children in our care is our number 1 priority.

ission outstanding

Committed to achieving outstanding standards in everything we do

Own It!

I take responsibility for being my best self and am accountable for my actions and results.

iving Life!

I live life to the full, feeling and expressing gratitude for the good things in my life.

nthusiastic Educators

I am an enthusiastic learner and create imaginative, engaging learning experiences for our children.

ou Matter

We deeply care about ourselves, our team, our children, their parents and everyone we come into contact with.


We create a fun and playful experience with the happiness of our children at the heart of all we do.


If you have previous experience, a genuine passion for working with young children and their families and thrive on working to high standards in a nurturing environment, we can’t wait to hear from you.

Your key responsibilities

  • Providing a stimulating environment that fosters play with purpose and meets the needs of every child
  • To be a key person for our children and their families, communicating effectively to ensure that parents/carers are fully involved with children’s learning and development.
  • Ensuring the safeguarding of all children within our nursery
  • Maintaining high standards for our continuous learning environment
  • To accurately track children’s development, planning for next steps and completing electronic reports to share with parents/carers
  • To be compliant with Sweet Peas policies, procedures and legal obligations and that systems of observation and record keeping are accurate.


Qualifications include a minimum of Cache Level 3, BTEC Level 3 or NVQ Level 3 or equivalent in Children’s Care Learning and Development. If you are a happy, motivated and passionate childcare professional who enjoys what they do and brings enthusiasm with them to work every day, we want to hear from you! We’d love you to join our happy and friendly team.

To Apply

Please apply by sending your full CV and covering letter telling us why you would like to join us to:

We know how important it is to fully support work placements, apprenticeships and graduates, not only in giving you better job prospects and developing an impressive CV, but also in building confidence, knowledge and skills.

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For further information, please get in touch

We have a range of other roles which may come up from time to time which include – SEN (Special Educational Needs) assistant, Housekeeper, Senco, Suite Leader, Early Years Assistant, Catering.

Sweat Peas Nursery are always on the lookout for passionate and caring individuals to join their growing team. If you think that you’re a good fit for Sweat Peas please do send us an email

Sweet Peas is an equal opportunities employer and takes pride in a diverse workforce, involving a range of talented and enthusiastic team members working together.

Benefits of working with us

4 day working week with fixed day off*

Medical cash plan

Confidential employee assist helpline

50% child care discount worth up to £9,500 pa per child

Health & Wellbeing

Free quality 2-course meals worth up to £875 a year

50% Monkey Maze

Competitive salary with a 15% increase in wages in the last year

5.6 weeks holiday *pro rata

Pension scheme 5% company contribution

Discounted pass at Bodyline sports centre

Recommend a friend scheme

*4 day working week – Our schedule involves four 9.25 hour workdays each week, granting you a fixed day off, allowing you to plan confidently without concerns about it changing. Flexible models and part time working may be considered.

**Medical cash plan benefit – Covering prescription expenses, dental care, optical service and 24 hour access to a GP. Managers and suite leaders enjoy comprehensive private medical insurance which includes a £100 benefit for childbirth and reimbursement for hospital parking charges.


See quotes from our recent team member’s survey.

“The children make coming to work an absolute pleasure. When I start on a morning and they run up to me, it just makes me smile.”

“I love being part of a team that the children trust and feel safe and secure with.”

“Staff are really easy to work with and I get on with each and every one.”

“The leadership team always listen to me. I feel valued and love my job!”

Other Comments

Feedback on dedicated cleaning
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“In other nurseries I was responsible for both cleaning and cooking duties. We’d be paid until 6pm but as we were unable to vacuum and mop the floors while children were present, it often meant leaving as late as 6.20 pm. At Sweet Peas all our teams finish at 6pm safe in the knowledge that the cleaning team would take over.”
Feedback on spacious suites
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“In a smaller nursery, I would have to tidy up after an activity in order to start a new one. You couldn’t safely have sand, water and construction activities out all at the same time. At Sweet Peas, we are fortunate to have expansive spaces that allow us to facilitate multiple activities simultaneously. This unique advantage enables children to revisit and reinforce their learning experiences at any time.”
Feedback on having a dedicated housekeeper
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“It is amazing having everything I need at my fingertips, clean and ready to go. With our dedicated housekeeper, we maintain high hygiene standards. For example, the correct size of nappies for each suite, checked multiple times a day, is a massive bonus.”
Feedback on having a SENCo
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“Following the pandemic, there has been a significant increase in the prevalence of special educational needs. At Sweet Peas we take immense pride in having a dedicated coordinator for special educational needs, who plays a pivotal role in enhancing and empowering our team's skills in real-time. She serves as an invaluable source of guidance, offering advice on matters such as how to deescalate situations by effectively communicating the need to pause an engaging activity for lunchtime handwashing.”
Feedback on lunchtime cover
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“In my previous position, I often refrained from taking a full lunch break due to insufficient coverage and the anticipation of a child waking up. At Sweet Peas, having full lunchtime coverage is truly wonderful, and there's no sense of unease about taking the entire break."
Feedback on Famly App
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"Documenting learning used to be a heavy part of my role. Now there is no paperwork. The Famly App at Sweet Peas is so quick and easy. I can even register 6 children’s activity simultaneously.”
Feedback on play
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“We provide the happiest experiences because learning should be fun. When we asked our teams, what embodies the team spirit at Sweet Peas, ‘Playful’ emerged as a prominent theme. By getting down on the floor to search for the bear during the bear hunt, we aim to instill in children the sense of freedom to explore just as freely."

Find out more

To apply simply send us your CV and covering letter, telling us why you would like to join us

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About us

Sweet Peas is a trusted, family owned day nursery, providing exceptional early years education and childcare. Our approach is distinct and innovative in cultivating the development of children and team members, coupled with building strong collaborative relationships with families.

Our Values

Coproduced by team members, our “SMILEYP” values reinforce that what we do is built on enthusiasm, fun and respect for each other. We’re supportive and truly care and whatever we do, we do it together.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a typical working day look like?

Each Suite has their own daily routine to follow which is displayed in the Suite and will be shown to you by your Suite Leader on arrival. Although it varies slightly per Suite, much of the timings and concept is the same.

  • Every morning we warmly welcome children and families into our Suites and find out any information we need to know about the child for that day.
  • We share breakfast before going into adult led “wake-up, shake-up” which is followed by group time with our Key People.
  • We then have free flow play for children, where adults go into children’s play to encourage and extend their learning and understanding.
  • Adults will ensure the areas of provision are set up to be engaging and interesting for children to go and explore.
  • We share a two course meal together for lunch and following this, some children will nap and others will have some quiet time.
  • The Suites are cleaned thoroughly following lunch ready to be set up for free flow play and focused activities to begin again following afternoon snack.
  • Until tea time, and following this, adults will again play with children in areas of provision.
  • Towards the end of day we ensure team members are available to give warm handovers to families about their children’s time with us that day and also ensure the room is tidy, safe and organised ready for the next morning.
What is expected of me?

We would hope that you embrace all of the experience of being part of our team at Sweet Peas. Each day, we ask for you to engage with our children and do your best to make them feel safe, secure and listened to. It is important that you are reflective and open to advice, support and encouragement from both your coordinator (if applicable) and the team around you. There is a helpful leaflet for you to read on your first day and gives pointers around conduct, safeguarding, behaviour management and playing with children.

Who will I go to with any questions or concerns?

All of our team are really approachable, but should you have any direct concerns, your Suite Leader will be here for you. If your concern is about the safety or wellbeing of a child in our care, you should speak with our Designated Safeguarding Officers, Chloie or Tiff. 

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