Happy staff = happy children = happy parents

We ensure that our salaries and benefits are competitive. Salaries are regularly reviewed and employees are recognised for there effort and training qualification's.

We pay 'The real living wage' or above to all qualified practitioners, regardless of age, and is based on cost of living in Scotland.

Along with a friendly working environment, we offer the following benefits:

  • Holidays - 28 days holiday per year, increasing by one day per year of service, up to a maximum of 33 days.
  • Christmas, New Year and Easter holidays- we close for 7 days over Christmas and New Year and 2 days at Easter.
  • Discount on Pinocchio’s nursery fees- with a 47 week payment structure and payment of fees at the end of each month.(50% discount for all staff and you can bring your child to work in the same nursery as you)
  • Weekly staff treat – for example a bacon roll, cakes or fruit.
  • Employee of the month scheme – one person per nursery is selected to be awarded a £20 prize
  • Subsidised lunches –£1 for a homecooked nursery lunch.
  • Free tea and coffee, milk and toast provided to all staff
  • Support team – Operational Director, Accountants to support managers, each nursery has Cleaners, Chefs, kitchen assistants, maintenance team 
  • Ideas Scheme Award- awards a minimum of £100 to each person with an idea that is selected.
  • Ipads for tracking children's learning and development on Famly – these mean that observations are now carried out quicker and easier than ever.
  • Promotion opportunities – all promotions are advertised internally first for the 5 nurseries.
  • Christmas bonus
  • Celebrating Success parties
  • Support with obtaining qualifications 


'It's good working here- It's a good team. You're supported really well if you need help'.

'I'm loving it here- It's a great place to work. I'm involved, asked for my option and have input'.

'Happy staff= Happy Children= Happy parents is not just a motto: It's reality  here, and it works'.

'The highest standard of quality and care, child safety and well being it top priority it's about the child's needs being met'.

'The Manager is very effective. She's done a lot since she's come to the nursery. Numbers have increased because of her approach with parents- it's settling for staff'.

''The Manager makes sure that we put policies into practice and helps us to focus on planning and evaluations'.

''I spend time with staff individually to talk about their champion role- to motivate them and encourage them.'

'We have an annual training day. Last year we looked at 'Floor books'. We weren't using them to their full potential, but now after the training we're getting the children more involved in doing them, and the Pre school quality assurance officer said they'd improved- the children are taking it in a lot more.'

'My Manager is pushing training more now- they're asking what I'm interested in and making it happen for me, for example, woodland course to help with our aim to develop the garden area as apart of the children's learning.'

'I'm a fully qualified Practitioner and float around where needed, to cover days off and absence'.

'I matter in Pinocchio's because I'm seeing to the child's needs and providing an education, guiding them on their path in life- seeing them improve and develop.

'I have brilliant supervisor's in my team- you can trust them to do a good job'.

'It's how the staff get treated here- the owners are lovely and management is really nice. If I have a problem I know I'll be listened to and they'll talk it through with you. You know where you stand'.

'Getting STAR of the month motivates you to be noticed, so you do things that are above and beyond'. 

Pinocchio's Children’s Nurseries are a group of 5 award winning children's nurseries across Edinburgh & Midlothian.

We currently have purpose built day nurseries in Eskbank, Lasswade, Penicuik, Heriot Watt and Gilmerton.

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