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Working in an Early Years Setting

  • Would you like to work with children aged from 0-5 years old?
  • Do you like the idea of supporting children’s development and learning?
  • Would you like to gain nationally recognised qualifications?
  • Would you like to be part of a professional team with opportunities for training and career development?

If so, a career working in an Early Years setting could be for you.

Qualifications needed

If you have a Diploma in Nursery Nursing, an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare or Education or a new level 3 Diploma for Children and Young People’s Workforce there are opportunities to work as a Nursery Officer, Pre-school Worker, Senior Nursery Officer and perhaps move onto managing an Early Years setting. Within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea there are a range of settings where you could find employment:

  • community nurseries that cater for children from 0-5 years and are usually open from 8am-6pm during term-time and holidays
  • private day nurseries, which can also cater for children from 0-5 years and are also usually open from 8am-6pm during term-time and holidays
  • private or maintained nursery schools that specifically focus on the early years care and education of children aged 2-5 years
  • pre-schools that also cater for children aged 2-5 years
  • local authority children’s centres that provide care and learning for children aged 0-5 years and support to their families

Early Years settings will want you to demonstrate that you are keen to be involved in the early development and learning of a child’s life, and that you have a professional and caring attitude towards this. They look for staff who are committed, energetic and understand the needs of both children and their families.

If you are unqualified

If you have no qualifications there might be some job opportunities for voluntary or paid work as a Nursery Assistant in an Early Years setting under the supervision of more qualified members of staff. Most employers will encourage staff to take up training opportunities that will support them in developing their skills and experience. You might want to consider attending the new level 3 Diploma for Children and Young People’s Workforce. Your employer, your local college and the Family Information Service will be able to support you in finding more details about this course.

Where to find vacancies

You can contact individual early years settings directly to see whether they are looking for qualified or unqualified staff, or alternatively contact the Family Information Service to obtain an up-to-date job vacancies list. You can also find out about training opportunities through your local college and the Early Years Team. 

Last Updated 05/06/2020

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