Route to becoming a Qualified Nursery Practitioner
The route to being called a qualified nursery practitioner requires a period of time studying an approved childcare qualification and a placement of at least 350 hours in a nursery setting.
Before you jump into the study commitment, it’s worth testing the waters and working as an unqualified practitioner.
The Supply Room has its own Early Years team that works collaboratively with both qualified practitioners and aspiring early years staff. One of the most satisfying aspects of the role is helping unqualified staff with little to no experience enter the Early Years sector.
The Supply Room’s Early Years Team Leader, Kelly Littlewood, shares her top tips for anyone interested in kick-starting their career as a qualified nursery practitioner.
Join our Bank Staff Team
Joining The Supply Room’s nursery bank staff team is the best place to start. After joining our team, you will be offered daily bookings to cover nursery staff that are on holiday, sick, or absent for any other reason.
Nursery Managers we work with are often happy to take on unqualified staff for the cover and will pair you up with an experienced practitioner. Perform well, and you will be asked back on a regular basis.
Cover bookings are available most days, so you can work flexibly around your schedule.
Aim for an Apprenticeship
An apprenticeship is something I would advise most unqualified nursery practitioners to aim for. If obtaining a Level 2 or Level 3 practitioner qualification is the end goal, then being paid to study and gain experience would certainly be at the top of my agenda!
By starting on our bank staff team, you will gain valuable experience and feedback, build strong relationships with Nursery Managers and stand a good chance to be accepted onto their apprenticeship programme.
We work with several nursery settings that regularly take on apprentices and would be happy to discuss your career goals with them.
A quick Google search returns several options for qualifications, and it can become quite confusing! Not all courses lead to a “full and relevant” early years’ qualification – much to the surprise of many! Whilst a short course about working in a nursery, or supporting in early years could be beneficial for your knowledge, it won’t help you meet the criteria required to work as a qualified practitioner.
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