Eligible working families whose children will be aged between 9 and 23 months old on 31 August can now apply to receive 15 hours childcare starting from September 2024.

Find out more information on the Childcare Choices website

Early Years

Thinking of working in Early Years and Childcare?

Thinking of working in Early Years and Childcare?

A job in early years and childcare is unique and rewarding. You get to be part of a child’s early education and help to shape their future. No matter what the day brings, you’ll feel joy in seeing children grow, learn and flourish. And there are lots of different types of roles.

"Caring for children and supporting them to play, learn, develop and grow is one of the most rewarding careers there is."

What's involved?

You could work with babies, young children, and older children up to the age of 12 years. You will care for and support children, meet their needs and make sure they feel safe and happy. You will also make sure that they experience fun, interesting activities that help them grow and develop.

What skills and training will I need?

If you are enthusiastic, positive, and keen to care for others, then there are a lot of childcare, play and Early Years jobs that would suit you. In most roles you can gain training and qualifications you need on the job. There are a lot of ways to work flexibly, so you can fit caring for children around you and your family.

Early Years Practitioners

Early Years Practitioner, Early Years Worker, Nursery Assistant, Nursery Nurse, Nursery Practitioner. These are qualified members of staff, usually holding a level 2 or 3 qualification. They are normally responsible for the care, education and all-round development of the children. They can work in a variety of settings including:

  • Local authority nursery schools
  • Private day nurseries
  • Child and family centres
  • Community nurseries
  • Pre-school


There are a number of different roles in the Early Years, childcare and play-work sector. Read more about them on the right.

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