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Registered childminders are self-employed professionals who care for children within the childminder’s own home. To care for children under the age of eight, childminders must be registered with Ofsted and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework if caring for under 5s.
Day nurseries and pre-schools care for children under 5 years. They support each child's unique development and are registered with Ofsted to ensure they work within the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Out-of-school clubs care for school aged children, where they can play and have fun. There are opportunities working in breakfast, after-school and holiday clubs.
To work in a day nursery, pre-school or out-of school club you ideally need to hold a minimum level 2 early years or playwork qualification. There are no minimum qualification levels for childminders (except the registration course), however it's good practice to gain a minimum level 3.
A graduate level 6 Early Years Teacher is responsible for leading the care, physical, social, emotional and intellectual learning for all the children in an early years setting.
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job whilst studying for qualifications. Find out more about what is involved, the benefits and how to apply.
Map showing job roles and opportunities for anyone considering a career in the sector.
Advice about careers, training and information about getting back to work in the early years sector.