Career outlook for early years practitioner
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would work with babies and young children from birth until primary school age, helping them to learn in a safe, happy environment.
- Plan and run activities like arts and crafts, music and cooking
- Use activities and games to help children learn to count
- Read stories and do activities to develop the children’s language skills
- Take children on outings
- Feed and change babies
- Make notes about the children for use in reports
- Make sure that the national guidance on early years education is reflected in the children’s learning
- Keep the children safe and well at all times
- Report any worries to your manager, such as signs of abuse
You may have to act as a key worker for one or more children. This means checking on their progress and keeping their parents and/or carers updated.
You might like to specialise in working with children with physical disabilities, learning difficulties or mental health issues.
You would work in local authority childcare settings or privately owned nurseries.
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