Interested in a job in early years?

Do you understand children? Are you keen to learn? Want a career with progression?

The City of Edinburgh Council is recruiting hundreds of early years staff and Unite are offering support to members and non-members, Council staff and other workers that are interested in these roles.


The Scottish Government have increased the free hours of early learning and childcare from 600 to 1,140. The new hours come into force in August 2020, but some nurseries are offering the longer hours already. Read about the early years expansion on the Council’s site.

The jobs

Jobs range from grade 3 (Early Years Assistant) to grade 7 (Senior Early Years Officer) dependent on skills and experience. There is career progression available for those with the ability to learn and achieve qualifications.

You can apply for these jobs at

Unite’s support

We can help with

  • tips on completing the application
  • understanding what’s required in early years work
  • interview skills.

Contact our branch secretary Brian Robertson at if you are interested or to find out more.

Check back soon for more details.

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