Becoming a childcare practitioner

Early Years practitioners look after young children in a setting. This includes:

  • day nurseries
  • pre-school's
  • 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.

Education Inspection Framework

Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage document