Nursery Qualifications Explained

Nursery Qualifications Explained

Nursery Qualifications Explained

Considering a career working as a Nursery Practitioner? Wondering what nursery qualifications are required? 

Here’s some helpful advice on the qualifications and training that will put you in good stead to secure your dream nursery job.

First off, it must be said that you do not require any qualifications to work as a Nursery Assistant.

Starting off in a position as an assistant (unqualified) might be a good option to ensure you definitely want to commit to the profession.

To work as a Qualified Nursery Nurse, you should hold one of the following qualifications;

  • Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator)
  • Technical Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator)
  • Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)
  • Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)
  • Technical Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education
  • Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner

Completing these qualifications will usually take 12 months and involve both classroom learning and practical experience in a Nursery setting.

Prior to commencing a Level 3 qualification, you may benefit from completing a Level 2 qualification, which does not require practical experience and is focused purely on knowledge.

The Level 2 qualification is an excellent way to prepare for passing the level 3 qualification with ease and can be completed online.

With a Level 2 qualification, you will enhance your career prospects and be offered more attractive roles. A lot of London Nurseries will also offer the level 3 training for level 2 qualified practitioners.

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