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Roles in early years settings

Discover the rewards of a career in early years

There are many role options within early years education and childcare settings including Manager, SENCo, practitioner/educator and apprentice. There are so many options available to you, and plenty of opportunities to gain early years qualifications to enhance your prospects.

Qualified practitioner

Qualified practitioner

Holding an early years qualification at Level 2 or 3, you’ll work directly with young children and babies, supporting them to learn though play-based activities.

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Management role

From managing staff to ensuring legislation is complied with, as a manager, deputy manager or room lead, you’ll be responsible for the day-to-day running of a setting.

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Specialist role

A vital role, SENCos ensure that children with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families, get the support they require to thrive.

roles apprenticeships


Open to anyone aged 16 or older, and a great stepping stone into full-time work or further study, early years apprenticeships let you gain qualifications while getting paid.

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Unqualified practitioner

You don’t have to be qualified to work with babies and children in an early years setting, your transferable skills and life experience may make you a perfect fit.

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Non-educator role

Not every job in an early years setting involves working with babies or children, there are plenty of vital, but behind the scenes, roles such as cooks and administrators.

shape your future

Shape your future in early years

A career in the early years is a real chance to make a difference. Not just in terms of shaping the lives of the children you work with, but in terms of your own career.

So whether you’re a school leaver thinking about an apprenticeship or an experienced early years practitioner looking for an exciting new challenge, you’ve come to the right place.

Explore the current early years vacancies in Bath and North East Somerset and build the career you want in early childhood education.

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