How would I start

Whatever your circumstances, a career in early years is what you make it. People start work in early years at many levels, from a wide range of backgrounds and in a variety of different jobs.

You could enter:

  • through being a volunteer
  • from school, as there are specialised 14-19 year old diplomas and apprenticeships in early years
  • returning to work after having a family or being made redundant
  • from other types of jobs such as administration or training
  • as a practitioner or manager in related sectors such as health or  education 
  • for a complete career change.

If you want a career that offers:

  • job satisfaction
  • good long term employment prospects
  • good training leading to qualifications
  • the chance to make a difference to children’s  lives
  • work in environments to suit your preference
  • a job where every day can different
  • flexibility to fit round family or other commitments

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