Qualifications and career progression

The table below outlines some of the accredited training you might consider undertaking as you progress your career.

Level

Example Job Roles

Qualifications

Level 2 – for front line practitioners

Nursery Assistant

Pre-school Assistant

Playgroup Assistant

Nanny

Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce

Level 3 – for front line practitioners with experience or working at a supervisory level

Nursery Supervisor

Nursery Nurse

Pre-School Leader

Deputy Manager

Playgroup Leader

Childminder

Nanny

Level 3 Early Years Educator (England)

Level 3 Children's Care, Learning and Development (Wales)

Level 5 – For experienced practitioners with responsibility for planning and delivery of services

Nursery Manager

Nursery Nurse

Area Manager

Nursery Owners

Childminder

Nanny

Early Years Foundation Degree

Level 5 Children's Care, Learning and Development (Wales)

Level 6 – Graduate / Degree Qualifications – For practitioners in senior positions, lead/professional roles

Nursery Manager

Nursery Nurse

Area Manager

Nursery Owners

Local Authority Worker

Childminder

Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) Degree

Qualified Teachers Status in Early Years

If you live in Wales, we recommend you check course relevance for potential roles with the CSSIW and Social Care Wales before embarking on a level 3 or above course, in particular if you are looking at degree level courses. Further information is available on the Social Care Wales website. This page includes a downloadable document on the list of required qualifications to work within the early years and childcare sector in Wales.