Nursery Development Intern with Starcatchers

Starcatchers is Scotland’s only multi-arts organisation specialising in performances and creativity for our youngest children and the adults who care for them. 

Location: Edinburgh (with the option to work from home)

£7.85 per hour. Part-time, 1 or 2 days per week for approx 12 weeks. 

Early January 2015 until end March 2015.

Since 2006 Starcatchers has been leading the way in exploring methodologies of connecting with this audience in Scotland and, in doing so, has influenced artists and arts organisations both locally and internationally. In their ambition to give young children access to high quality artist-led experiences, Starcatchers is undertaking a programme of activity which will better connect artists into communities with a commitment to the Early Years agenda in Scotland in order to maximise the value of work across sectors.

As part of this programme Starcatchers are now seeking to research and develop one such model, to bring working with artists into a childcare setting. They have commenced a piece of developmental work which is exploring the potential of establishing a bespoke nursery, which would provide an environment where artists work alongside childcare practitioners to offer high quality childcare that places arts and creativity at the heart of delivery.

As a Nursery Development Intern your main tasks would include:
• To undertake desktop based research into nursery provision business models, both in the UK and further afield
• To include a summary of the regulatory requirements of nurseries which operate in Scotland.
• To map out a series of indicative cashflow/budget forecasts for the models reported, based on capacity and occupancy levels provided by Starcatchers.
• To recommend, from this research, elements of best practice which a start-up nursery should incorporate to maximise its impact as a qualitative childcare provider.
• To undertake a short competitor review of nursery provision within a given parameter provided by Starcatchers.
• To help set up a community consultation in the aforementioned area.


The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level with experience of undertaking desktop based research. You will be able to work independently, organise your work and meet deadlines, demonstrating the ability to prioritise between competing tasks. You will be competent in providing written summaries and recommendations. The perfect intern will have an existing knowledge of or interest in early years childcare provision.

Previous experience of business development and/or work within a social enterprise, office or professional environment will be highly regarded. The ideal candidate will be passionate about developing a career in the third sector. You should have a flair of creativity in your work. The ability to model finances and cashflow would be highly beneficial.


Closing date for applications is 4 December 2014, 5pm.

Interviews will take place on 18 December

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. All applications must be submitted by 5pm on the closing date. State a. your availability and b. relevant information on your skills/experience pertaining to the job spec. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.