Early Education and Childcare Practitioners

Early education and childcare practitioners lead the learning and development of and care for children from birth up to five years of age in a school, nursery, or childcare environment.


New workers
£ 8,030
£ 16,133
£ 23,735

Available jobs

In the past year there were 71,505 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Promotes and leads physical activities and children’s games, play, creativity, and problem solving .

  • Provides a secure and supportive environment and supervises young children at mealtimes .

  • Coordinates nurturing care in bathing, dressing, preparation of feeds, feeding babies, and in changing babies and toddlers clothing whenever necessary .

  • Supervises and supports other early education and childcare workers .

  • Communicates with parents, colleagues and external professionals on children’s development and health and well-being .

  • Leads on preparing children for transitions to different settings, including school. .

  • Identifies and responds to health and safety issues .

  • Coordinates observation and assessment on children’s play, development and learning.

  • Plans children’s day and activities and leads on social, language and numerical development .

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Working With Children

  • Sales Prospecting

  • Pediatric First Aid

  • Child Development

  • Child Protection

  • Child Safeguarding

  • Personal Care

  • External Auditing

  • Numeracy

  • Social Work

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Teaching

  • Planning

  • English Language

  • Mathematics

  • Management

  • Enthusiasm

  • Teamwork

  • Patience

  • Organizational Skills

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.