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Childcare Practitioner

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need a level 2 or level 3 qualification in childcare or early years.

The Department for Education (DfE) has information on all approved childcare qualifications.

If you don’t have a level 2 qualification, you can start out by working as a nursery assistant where you’ll be supervised by more experienced staff. This could be a paid job or through volunteering. You could then train while you work.

You may also find it useful to have a level 2 qualification in English and maths which includes functional skills.

You could get into this career through an apprenticeship.

You'll also need a background check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

2. Skills required

You'll need:

·         excellent communication skills

·         the ability to work with children and their families in a sensitive and positive way

·         creativity and imagination for game playing

·         planning and organisational skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day tasks will include:

·         planning and supervising activities like arts and crafts, music and cooking

·         helping children to learn numeracy and language skills through games

·         taking children on outings

·         feeding and changing babies

·         observing children and making notes to write reports

·         making sure children are safe and well

With experience, you could become a key worker for one or more children. You'll monitor their progress and share information about their development with parents or carers.