Start Your Childcare Career with Thrive

A career in childcare is about providing meaningful experiences to children and families and supporting the uniqueness of each nursery.  We at Thrive Childcare and Education pride ourselves on being able to provide these. In order to continue our great work,  we need fantastic, driven and passionate colleagues who share our vision.

At Thrive you will be met with smiles and a warm welcome.  We support and value our colleagues, and encourage all our teams to grow their careers at Thrive. Being a Thrive colleague means being part of something special!  As our company grows, it’s an exciting time to join. Please click the link below to start your career in childcare with Thrive today!

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About Us

A career in childhood with Thrive is about putting children first every time and that means us looking after you so you can do the best for our children. Help us to deliver every day with passion in engaging environments.
We love to problem solve together and collaborate – this means teamwork is a the heart of our business.
We are positive role models for our children and looking for colleagues who share this vision!
Come and join our family and be proud to work for Thrive Childcare and Education.

Our Benefits

Here at Thrive, we value our teams and want to say THANK YOU with benefits for all colleagues! From bonuses to your birthday off, development opportunities to discounts for well-known brands and much more!

The rewards of a career in childcare at Thrive are so much more than the joys of watching children grow and develop!
Have a peek to see what you would receive as a Thrive colleague.

Meet Some of Our Team

We are committed to a culture which respects inclusivity, diversity, equality and accessibility.
Here at Thrive it is all about your colleague experience and journey with us, from application to interview, onboarding to personal development.
We are committed to providing engaging and inspirational experiences so that your career in childcare can develop and grow with us.
Check out what our Team Members have to say.

Start Your Career Today

If you are looking for a career in childcare and feel that a children’s nursery setting is the place where you feel that YOU can Thrive, then view our Vacancies.

Perhaps, you would like to get to know more about the joys and rewards of working in childcare before you explore what job opportunities Thrive has to offer. Please, don’t hesitate to Contact Us now. We will answer your queries as quickly as possible.


We are pleased to offer our Thrive colleagues a range of attractive benefits. Have a look at some of our fantastic offers which you would receive as a member of our team.


  • Childcare discount from 25-85% off fees.
  • Multiple discounts available with our PERC programme offering cash back and discounted rates for well-known brands and companies such as: M&S, Cineworld, Nike, Sainsburys, HelloFresh,, Costa, ASOS to name a few!

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  • Refer a Friend who books a place at one of our nurseries or fills one of our vacancies and receive from £50 – £200 bonus (T&Cs apply).
  • Welcome bonus (site specific) which you will receive in your first month of working at Thrive.
  • Seasonal Bonus Schemes for our colleagues and management.
  • Monthly cash rewards (nominated by our managers) for outstanding performance


  • Celebrate in style with your BIRTHDAY off – Happy Birthday from Thrive!


  • Earn to Learn Apprenticeships – where you can attain your Level 3 in Childcare while gaining real experience in our settings and earning a real wage, along with great benefits
  • Ongoing training and development opportunities
  • Local Rewards/Recognition/Awards
  • Spotlight – recognising our colleagues for their outstanding work.


  • Employee assistance programme – 24/7 telephone counselling support.
  • Colleague wellness resources online.


  • Group Life Cover
  • NEST pension scheme
  • Retirement Bonus

*Free Work Essentials – Uniforms, DBS, PVG and SSSC checks, tea/coffee/snacks


Spotlight – Nominate Your Colleague of the Month

Here at Thrive we value our colleagues and through our Spotlight scheme we recognise and acknowledge when a member of our team has gone the extra mile

Please see our previous Colleagues of the Month which we have recognised through our Spotlight scheme.


A  career in childcare with Thrive means being part of an organisation which engages in, invests in and supports the development of our team. This means you will have fantastic opportunities to learn and grow whether that’s just in your current role, sideways or upwards! Our goal is to provide colleagues with learning opportunities to develop their careers in childcare by learning new skills and helping them achieve personal and professional goals.  The diverse combination of roles in our business both nursery and central support office, means that there are limitless opportunities to develop a career here.  And we will support you to do that.  Check out our colleague case studies to see how they have developed their own careers with us… if you want a bit of this, come and join us!

Personal Testimonials of Team Members Who Have Thrived With Us

Team Members who have Thrived with us include Julie Campbell (our Operations Director for Scotland) and Hayley Walker (our Regional Operations Manager in England)…


Cassie Hartley (our Early Years Quality Improvement Advisor), and Kaleana West (Nursery Manager at Corner House Nursery Falkirk).

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Earn while you Learn!

Nursery apprenticeship opportunities at Thrive can be a fantastic way of building the initial stages of your Early Years career whilst earning along the way.

As a nursery apprentice, you will receive training from an apprenticeship provider, college or university, working towards a nationally recognised qualification.  Through a combination of training, shadowing, coursework and mentoring where you will be required to spend a minimum of 20% of time developing in this way.

We are pleased to offer childcare apprenticeships across the UK so please do get in touch for more information.

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A career in childcare at Thrive is so much more than the joys of watching children grow and develop. It is about being part of a team in which you are valued and respected.

Let us help you to support the children in our care. We offer:

  • A variety of roles to suit your skills
  • A sense of responsibility and the feeling of being valued
  • Exceptional experiences
  • An exciting and challenging (but ultimately rewarding) workplace environment
  • The opportunity to prepare a child for school and subsequently the rest of their life
  • The chance to be a vital part of an organisation which puts
    children first every time


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Choose Your Role at Thrive?

Starting your career in childcare as a Thrive colleague, you will be a part of a growing team with opportunities to learn and develop. We are so proud of our team members and what they are achieving. As a childcare company, spread over Scotland and the North-West of England, we have 47 childcare settings providing quality childcare and education, supporting our families and local communities. We have many diverse roles in our business!  In nurseries, our roles range from Apprentice, Practitioner and Cook to more senior roles including Room leader, Deputy Manager and Nursery Manager.  Our Regional Managers oversee the nursery operations. Our Central Support Teams based in Media City, England and Musselburgh, Scotland, provide a service to our Nursery teams and we have a range of roles in Finance, People, Early Years, Health and Safety, Maintenance, Sales and Marketing and Acquisitions.

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Modern Apprenticeship

At Thrive, many people start their childcare careers by enrolling in our Modern Apprenticeship scheme.

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Early Years Practitioners

Thrive relies on our Early Years Practitioners. In this role, you will be responsible for the general wellbeing of the children in our care.

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Careers in childcare include managerial roles which are available as well as the opportunity to progress towards such roles. Many of our managers started with us as apprentices of practitioners.

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Conservation Champions and Forrest School Leaders

Conservation is a huge part of our ethos. Teaching our children the importance (and joys) of protecting the planet is what a Conservation Champion does. A career in childcare involves so much more than what most people expect!

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Admin/Office Roles

Office and administration roles are a vital part in the day to day running of our nurseries.

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Food And Nutrition

Thrive Childcare and Education prides ourselves on providing children with healthy, balanced, nutritional meals. We have plenty of roles on offer to help our children maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Trained experts are always needed for the general maintenance of our sites. A career in childcare can involve more than being a practitioner.

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Thrive Childcare and Education values itself for its emphasis on providing nurturing environments where children can learn and be prepared for school and beyond.

Recruitment Events

Throughout the year, we host and attend a number of recruitment events.

If you are interested in a career in childcare with us and wish to keep up to date with our next events, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Our Nursery Manager at Thornliebank, Danielle Kelly

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