Embarking on a new career whether it’s a change of employer, brand new direction or your first job in early years can be a daunting prospect. This is why, at Monkey Puzzle, we provide opportunities to build strong foundations for a successful career via professional development, high-quality training packages, bespoke development programmes and apprenticeships.

Sector recognised, mandatory training

Working in Early Years is a responsible and rewarding career, with lots of room for progression and growth. At Monkey Puzzle we ensure that each employee receives high-quality education in sector recognised mandatory training, providing and building upon the skills and knowledge required to deliver excellence in childcare.

Our comprehensive induction programme has all the training you will need, including*:

  • Safeguarding Children and Child Protection Awareness
  • Full Paediatric First Aid with Blended Learning (CTQ)
  • Inclusion, Equality, and Diversity
  • Food Hygiene

*The above indicates just some of the training modules covered within the induction process. These are usually delivered within the first 6 months.

Who is it for?

These courses form part of your induction process when joining a nursery team and will be undertaken by each and every Monkey Puzzle employee.

Professional development and training

Ongoing professional development is key to the successful delivery of high-quality outcomes for children. As a Monkey Puzzle employee, you will benefit from some of the best training available. Our bespoke learning approach is designed to meet the ever-changing themes, topics, and trends within Early Years. Using feedback from the teams on the ground, interactions with our Early Year’s Quality Managers and outcomes and trends from our internal audits, provides us with a great insight into what really matters and the training that makes a difference. And it doesn’t stop there. We include the latest information, sector changes and emerging theory to constantly review and develop our training programmes. Our Workforce and Development Team uses all of this information to create the very best training programme for our people. All are designed to be easily accessible and meet individual learner needs.

Available training includes*:

  • First Aid for Mental Health – Level 2
  • SENCo
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour & Supporting Self-Regulation
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Working with Babies

*Plus, more. Enquire for a comprehensive list.

Who is it for?

Professional Development is available to all employees who may be looking to up-skill, gain new knowledge or further their early years career.


Monkey Puzzle’s apprenticeships are facilitated by WMC Training UK, a high-quality training provider that specialise in Childcare and Management qualifications, together we are able to offer over 10 qualifications including:

  • Early Years Practitioner Level 2

Ideal for employees who work and interact daily with children and support the planning of and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes whilst ensuring the welfare and care for children under the guidance and supervision of an Early Years Educator or other suitably qualified professional within the Early Years Workforce.

  • Early Years Educator Level 3

For employees who are working independently or supervising others to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development, and care of children from birth to 5 years old. This qualification is required under the Education Inspection Framework.

  • Early Years Lead Practitioner Level 5

Suitable for influential, proactive practitioners working and interacting directly with children and young people that take or are looking to take an operational lead for the care, learning and development of those that are within their care, alongside leading and supporting the practice of others by being effective role models of play-based learning plus supporting other to develop their own practice and to be responsible for supporting the quality of learning and development across their setting.

Who is it suitable for?

Anyone over the age of 16 looking to follow a career in Early Years. You could be:

  • A school leaver
  • New to the sector
  • Experienced but looking to endorse previous skills and knowledge with a recognised qualification
  • Looking to take the next step in your Early Years Career

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