Working directly with children, skilfully leading day- to- day practice.
This occupation is found in a range of settings which can include day nurseries, playgroups, nursery schools, pre-schools, kindergartens, primary schools, hospitals, social care settings, out of school environments and local authority provision.
The broad purpose of the occupation is to be a proactive and influential practitioner, working directly with children, skilfully leading day- to- day practice at an operational level. As active practitioners they are effective role models of play-based learning, supporting others to develop their own practice. They are highly skilled professionals who take an operational lead for the care, learning and development of all young children within their care, adapting to individual needs providing inclusive and holistic provision. They engage with sector developments both locally and nationally, with a commitment to developing their own professional and educational competencies.
Typical job titles:
Room leader, Deputy manager, Assistant manager, Senior practitioner, Lead practitioner, Pre-school leader, Early Years Coordinator.
Early Years Practitioner, Nursery officer, Early Years Officer, Key worker, Senior Key Worker, Baby Room Leader, Lead Baby Room Practitioner, Play Leader.
Early Years Support Worker, Higher Level Teaching and Learning Assistant, Early Years Foundation Stage Lead or Coordinator.