The early years sector focuses on the learning, development and care of children and includes jobs working as childminders and nannies, in nurseries, crèches and preschools.
Knowledge of child development is also important in a variety of occupations outside of childcare and teaching, such as in healthcare roles such as paediatricians, psychologists, occupational therapists, and speech and language therapists.
Selection of jobs using the subject Child Development
- Child protection officer
- Children's nurse
- Early years teacher
- Education welfare officer
- Family support worker
- Health visitor
- Healthcare assistant
- Learning disability nurse
- Nursery manager
- Nursery worker
- Play therapist
- Primary school teacher
- School houseparent
- Special educational needs (SEN) teaching assistant
- Speech and language therapist
- Speech and language therapy assistant
- Teaching assistant
Examples of apprenticeships that relate to Child Development
Level 2 Early years practitioner. Typical length 12-18 months.
Level 3 Early years educator. Typical length 12-18 months.
Level 3 Teaching assistant. Typical length 18 months.
Examples of vocational college courses that relate to Child Development
Level 1 Introduction to Childcare
Level 2 T Level Transition: Early Years Practitioner
Level 3 T level Education and Early Years - This course is suitable for anyone wanting a career in early years education, childcare or assisting teaching.
Examples of degree courses that relate to Health and Social Care
Bed(Hons) Primary Education – Early Years (with QTS) at Plymouth Marjon University
BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children and Young People) at UWE Bristol
BA(Hons) Education at Bath Spa University
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