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Posted by Katie oGrady

Understanding job roles within the Childcare industry

Working in a nursery is a challenging and rewarding vocation which requires knowledge and understanding of babies as young as three months up to Pre-School aged children. There are many qualifications and additional courses that you can complete to develop your knowledge and understanding of working with the Under 5’s, I’ve listed out the most popular qualifications and job roles:

Level 2 (Nursery Assistant) – is an introduction to the primary aspects of working with children and young people supporting the government’s wider children’s workforce development strategy. This would be suitable for those new to childcare with no prior experience.

Level 3 (Nursery Nurse) – is designed to give learners the skills, knowledge and understanding required for play workers at Level 3 based on the National Occupational Standards.

Level 4 & 5 (Room Leader / Deputy Manager) – these courses are aimed at senior staff and managers who would like to develop their career but wish to remain active practitioners within the management framework.

Level 6 (Manager) – this course involves developing research skills to enable you to investigate and explore contemporary issues related to working with children and young people and the integrated services that support them.

Early Years Initial Teacher Training Programme – earlier this year saw the publication of ‘More Great Childcare’, which clearly set out the Government’s plans for improving quality in early education and care. One of the key priorities within this plan was raising the status and quality of the early year’s workforce. Suitable for practitioners already working within the sector, who hold a relevant degree and have experiences across all three age ranges.

Sound knowledge of the development and needs of small children is paramount in a nursery workforce along with experience and professional development. If you are interested in working at Boys & Girls Nursery please send your CV to me