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Nursery Practitioner

Nursery Practitioner

“If you love helping babies and young children develop and learn, a job as a nursery practitioner could be perfect for you.”

Nursery Practitioner

A nursery practitioner needs to be warm and caring. They need to have good communication skills and be responsible. They also need a consistent and fair approach.

You do not always need qualifications to start training as a nursery practitioner. Course providers and employers may prefer you to have a good standard of general education such as GCSEs, including English and maths. Before you can begin working with children you will need Criminal Records Bureau clearance.

Your job could be at local authority or privately-owned nurseries, Sure Start Children's Centres and primary schools. In some jobs you could be known as a nursery nurse. You could also specialise in working with children with physical disabilities, learning difficulties or mental health problems.

Skills you'll learn at South Devon College

  • theories and perspective relating to child development
  • educational practices -crafts,counting, language skills
  • work placements in an early years setting
  • communication skills
  • teamwork
  • an awareness of health and safety

Your future

  • almost 95% of care occupations will require qualifications at level 2 or above by 2020
  • over 90% of teaching and educational professionals will require qualifications at level 3 or above by 2020
  • 44,000 people are expected to be employed in health and social work across the South West by 2020
  • 52,000 new jobs will be created nationally in the health and social work sector by 2020 - a 1% increase on 2010 job totals. 4,000,000 in total
  • 98% of students studying with the Children and Young People section moved forward into a positive destination including employment, apprenticeships and further study
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