Becoming a childcare practitioner
Early Years practitioners look after young children in a setting. This includes:
- day nurseries
- children's centres
- independent schools
- schools with nurseries
- wrap around care provision
If you are passionate about providing the best outcomes for children, this could be the ideal career choice for you.
You will need the following abilities:
- a knowledge and understanding of how children learn and develop
- to provide quality care that meets the needs of families
- to provide children with a nurturing and inspirational environment
- to support the children's individual growth and development
- a commitment to professional development by attending on-going training
- to work in partnership with parents/carers and other professional agencies
- to become part of the childcare community in Southend
What you will need to become a childcare practitioner:
- full and recognised level 2 or above childcare qualification.
- enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Completed with a college or employer.
- once qualified a Full Paediatric First Aid or Emergency Paediatric First Aid must be completed. This needs to be within 3 months of starting work. This will enable you to be included in staff:child ratios.