Early Years is a dynamic and vitally important sector which needs high quality staff at all levels.
If so you could aspire to become an Early Years professional, combining both high level practitioner skills and leadership in a variety of settings.
If you do then you may have all you need to start your career in early years and childcare.
Well you can gain the skills needed to be successful with one of our Early Years courses.
Working with children brings new and exciting things each day and can also be very satisfying as they will use some of the skills they learn with you for the rest of their lives.
By studying for a child care qualification you will explore all aspects of a child's development.
Child Care is a fun and rewarding career, so enrol with us today.
Childcare settings by law must have a minimum of 50% qualified staff. So increasingly jobs are asking for a qualification although others may ask for experience, or may offer you training once you have started.
To work unsupervised in any childcare setting or as a childminder, you must be at least 18 years old.
However if you are younger you may be able to volunteer.
Men can offer just as many skills and qualities to make them excellent childcare workers.
In fact in certain areas campaigns are run to encourage more men to work in playwork, early education and childcare.
It may be advisable to talk to your manager who will review your learning and development opportunities and how this fits with your job and the needs of the workplace.
You might also need to check your existing qualification is 'full and relevant' if you are working with children in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
There is an expectation that you will work towards at least a level 3 qualification such as the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce. or you can start with the Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce. Both of these qualifications are delivered by the Early Years College.
A pre-requisite for anyone working with children will be to have a Criminal Records Bureau check (CRB) An employer or a training provider such as the EY College would need you to complete the application process for this.
You will also need to demonstrate at least a level 2 in literacy and numeracy and achieve a level 3 qualification.
One way to start working with young children without a qualification would be to work on a voluntary basis. This would allow you to assess whether you are suitable for this work and gain a better understanding of the commitment required, it may also support your progression to achieving a qualification and the other training that is required.
As a course provider we can offer you the new children and young people's workforce qualifications that will prepare you for your chosen career.