Early Years & Childcare Job Roles

Fancy a new career direction? Find out what it takes to work in a range of early years jobs, with advice from Anne Hayes on skills, qualifications and training.

Job Roles


My working life… Baby swimming teacher

Gabriella Jozwiak meets a woman for whom the phrase ‘water baby’ is a vocation, having swapped sales...


My working life… Children’s hospice worker

Gabriella Jozwiak speaks to children’s hospice worker Vikki German, who cares for children and young...


My working life… Educational psychologist

An educational psychologist in London tells Gabriella Jozwiak about her day-to-day role and the unique...


My working life… Kids club manager

Supporting children of all ages to have fun and develop during the holidays is a rewarding job, discovers...


My working life ... Playworker

For Carmen de Silva, a day's work is about providing opportunities for children to play outdoors and...


My working life ... Lactation consultant

A former primary school head is now helping new mothers struggling with breastfeeding their newborns....


My working life... School-based nursery manager

Nurseries and schools have long been co-located, but what is it like managing early years in the modern...


My working life ... Qualifications subject advisor

Developing new early years qualifications involves plenty of listening and the provision of hands-on...


My working life... Antenatal practitioner

Helping parents find the confidence and skills to deal with their newborn can be hugely rewarding, Cerys...


My working life ... Music therapist

Music therapy encourages social awareness and helps develop communication and interaction skills, as...

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