Working in Early Learning and Childcare gives people the opportunity to shape children’s lives – and shape a fulfilling, happy career for themselves. It might seem like a simple job, but what many people don’t realise is that it soon becomes a passion and a vocation that can help develop school leavers into fantastic carers, practitioners and managers.

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Why Early Learning and Childcare?

There are hundreds of reasons why getting into Early Learning and Childcare has the potential to be one of the best jobs in the world.

Early Learning professionals shape lives

Children learn at an extremely fast rate. From a young age, they develop the motor, memory, literacy and social skills that shape the rest of their life. And that’s just for starters.


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A puppet show could light up over a million brain connections. You won’t just be building sandcastles – you’ll be building futures! It’s not all about glitter painting; it’s helping their futures shine. In other words, every activity and game you do together will help their brains develop and grow. You’ll be there teaching them the essential skills they need for life.

Your career has the potential to take off

This is a skilled job and after training, you’ll have a recognised qualification. There are flexible training options like HNC and SVQ so that you can come into the job in a way that works best for you. New entrants can apply with no formal qualifications and will get the opportunity to complete a qualification while on the job. There’s also the option to head to college or other training provider to complete a childcare related course.

There are a range of jobs available across Scotland. And, from a Practitioner to a Manager, there are a variety of jobs to suit different qualifications and experience.

Rachel, aged 20, Early Learning and Childcare Practitioner

“Early Learning and Childcare makes a big difference to the lives of little ones. All the different aspects of play and learning helps them from a young age with their physical and mental development.”

It’s a sociable job

Working in Early Learning and Childcare is perfect for somebody caring, creative, motivated and who enjoys spending time with like-minded people. Team work is a big part of the job which is a huge draw for many people.

And it’s not just children and colleagues you’ll be building positive relationships with – it’s the parents and carers too. A large part of the role is keeping parents and carers updated with their child’s development.

You won’t get stuck behind a desk all day

You’ll be making a mark on the world! There are no boring days just sitting at a desk in Early Learning and Childcare – just a whole lot of fun and stimulation from working with amazing children. Every day is different. And there’s tons of variety.
Some days you’ll be outside all day with the children – helping them improve their movement and coordination skills with a ball game and other days you could be at the park doing some sporting activities. This career really is what you make of it.

There are jobs available across Scotland

Nurseries are recruiting all over Scotland. There are plenty of jobs out there and many will be local to you. And once you’re in a job, you’ll be offered all sorts of training and development opportunities. You can be sure that this career will offer you experiences that you would never expect. For the right people, Early Learning and Childcare can be a life-changing career choice.


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