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Working in Early Years
Working in early years opens up an industry full of opportunities. Starting a childcare role is the chance to support children as they learn, develop and prepare for school. It’s a career path that could see you become self-employed, go into education, or secure a role that makes a difference in your local community.
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You can work in early years!
To find out how to get started in your career, you can request a copy of our Early Years Career Guide here and find the role for you.
What are the early years?
The early years age group describes children aged 0-5. The first few years of a child’s life are crucial. Children need to be ready to start school, and that means they must have developed mentally, socially and emotionally. Early years and childcare practitioners play an important role in helping children from birth to school age reach their full potential.
Children need the right care and mental stimulation, or they could have problems later in life. As part of the learning process, babies hear, taste, touch, see and smell the world around them. Taking in information helps the brain to develop, and a lot of change happens quickly, especially age 0-3. Positive experiences in their early years can make sure children develop into successful adults.
Whichever role and setting you decide to work in, you can be certain of a varied, challenging and rewarding career, where you will be working closely with children of all backgrounds and abilities, helping them develop skills that they’ll use throughout their life. It’s a career that brings fun, enjoyment and job satisfaction to every day, seeing the children in your care develop as individuals and knowing that you’re giving them the best possible start in life.
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