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Starting a career in Early Years

Starting a career in Early Years

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- to 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 be different
  • flexibility to fit round family or other commitments