Workers in this area make sure children are looked after, kept active, happy and nourished. They also help children develop social and practical skills. Tasks an apprentice may do include planning and supervising activities, helping children learn numeracy skills, feeding and changing babies.
- Intermediate level Children and young people’s workforce apprenticeships (Level 2)
- Advanced level Early Years Educator apprenticeships (Level 3)
These apprenticeships take approximately 15 to 18 months to complete, so commitment is important.
- You must be at least 16 years old
- You must have lived in the UK or EU for the past 3 years
- You must not be in full time education or hold a qualification of level 4 or higher
- A warm, caring and patient nature
- Good communication skills
- A sense of responsibility
- An interest in child development
Job roles include
- Early years worker
- Early years assistant
- Nursery worker
- Nursery nurse
As an experienced nursery worker you could progress to room leader, senior nursery worker or centre manager.
Salaries vary from £10,000 to £14,000 a year, depending on where you work and your responsibilities.
Experienced workers can earn from £15,000 to £22,000 a year depending on responsibilities.