Join our friendly team! Find out more about our part time and full time roles here

Staff Testimonials

We love feedback...

Pioneer Childcare provide high quality Holiday Camps, Breakfast and After School Clubs throughout Brighton, Mid Sussex and East Grinstead.
We offer a fantastic working environment and career opportunities for inspirational, skilful and professional people to join our growing team.
Find out more below about what it’s like to work for Pioneer from some of our staff.

“I came to work for Pioneer Childcare in 2023 after 16 years as a primary teacher, wanting to still work with children but with my weekends and evenings not taken up with work.

I have enjoyed continuing to work in the hustle and bustle of a busy school environment but with a focus on the children’s enjoyment and wellbeing instead of deadlines and targets.

I have also liked the challenge of managing a team of staff, working with them to develop their skills and experience that will help them with their future careers.

In my time here, I have worked at several school settings since joining but implementing the same core Pioneer values that run through everything we do so that each club is recognisably a Pioneer setting.”

Graham Smith

Head of Education & Welfare

“Having trained and worked as a teacher for two years, I am truly enjoying working as the Head of Education and Welfare for one of our clubs in Brighton. I love that I still get to spend time with amazing children and incredibly supportive staff. To date, I’ve never worked in such a warm and supportive company like Pioneer!

My favourite aspect of working at Pioneer is the fun working environment. Every day, I get to plan engaging activities and support Activity Leaders to implement them to a high standard. Then, I have the pleasure of watching the children create their own masterpieces in art or work together as teams in a sport activity.

A part of my role I take seriously is helping the children to grow and develop their skills and confidence. Since then, we’ve introduced the roles of ‘Mini Managers’ at the club. It’s amazing to see children from KS1 to KS2 write their own job applications to become sport, activity or general mini managers. It’s even better seeing the children excitedly run their own activities, too! From origami to warm up games, it’s a privilege to watch them teach their skills to their peers.”

Lauren Sampayo

Head of Education & Welfare, Balfour

“I decided to join Pioneer to give me something to do in the summer holidays as I like to keep busy. I had the most incredible summer and really enjoyed looking after the children, making sure that they had an enjoyable time taking part in different craft and sporting activities each day.

Working at Pioneer was great, it was nice to have flexible hours with the ability to pick and choose which days and hours you worked. I would definitely recommend working with Pioneer if you like an active and creative lifestyle!”

Claire Page

Summer Holiday Activity Camp Employee

“I started working for Pioneer Childcare part time in 2014 at the Manor Field Club where I also held a TA position for the school. The flexibility of hours Pioneer offered suited my situation brilliantly and the company has given me a plenty of opportunities to grow and progress personally and professionally. 

Since joining I’ve become a full-time member of staff and have been promoted several times. I’m now the Club Manager at the Burgess Hill Club, enjoying new challenges my new role brings.

I enjoy the variety of working with children at Pioneer. They keep you on your toes and no day is the same. There are challenges but overcoming them and being able to put a smile on a child’s face makes my role at Pioneer very satisfying. I love watching the children blossom into individual characters and I am proud to be a small part of their journey through life. It’s lovely working with people with the same goals and ethics.”

Bridget Watson

St Wilfrid's Club Manager

“Having worked as a teacher for 4 years, I absolutely love that I now get to spend time with children in such an enjoyable and nurturing environment at Pioneer.

Working here has given me the opportunity to develop all my skills further with some incredible children and a hugely supportive staff team. I love the fact that I now get to work with children without worrying about data and targets, instead I get to enjoy watching them grow and flourish whilst having so much fun with them.”

Grace Willens

Head of Education and Welfare

“Working for Pioneer Childcare has been such an enjoyable experience, I’ve learnt so much from other members of staff and the experience alone.

Coming through the Kickstart program to now being trained to step up by my manager wouldn’t have been possible without the continued support from staff and the Company”

Callum Greed

Club Manager, Swiss Gardens

“Pioneer has always provided me with a fun, challenging and ever-changing environment in which to work. It has allowed me to develop my knowledge of caring for children as well as helping me gain new skills in management, organisation and responsibility.

Not only has working at Pioneer been a huge enjoyment but it has inspired me to pursue a career in teaching, something I hope to achieve soon.
The company has always been very supportive of me, accommodating my needs when studying at university and giving me opportunities to better myself within the company.”

Dominic Buglass

Sports Coach