1. How to become an Early Years Practitioner? Early Years Practitioners qualifications 2. Early Years Practitioner Key Responsibilities 3. Early Years Practitioner Salary 4. Early Years Practitioner Career
1. How to become an Early Years Practitioner?
Early years practitioners are also known as nursery nurses. They are specialists who look after the social and educational development of babies and young children up to the age of five years old.
Often nursery nurses start their career by working as a nursery assistant under the supervision of more experienced staff.
To become a qualified nursery nurse, a Level 2 or Level 3 childcare qualification is valid if you completed it before September 2014. Examples include Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce, Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce or Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce.
If you don’t already have such a qualification, you will need to complete a Level 3 early years educator award which has been available since September 2014. Examples include:
Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education
Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner
Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Learning and Development
Level 3 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy – Birth to Seven
Early years educator qualifications are widely available through local further education colleges and other training providers. Depending on how your course is funded, you may be required to have GCSEs (A*-C) in English and maths. Ask your training provider whether you need GCSEs to start the course or whether you can do these alongside your training.