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List of Roles within childcare and the qualifications need for them

by Angela | Published on April 10, 2014

Okay, so here we’re going to give you a variety of the different roles/positions within childcare and the qualification that you will require to meet the role you want to become.

Roles within childcare and the qualifications needed

Click on the qualification and we will do our very best to hopefully give you what information you are looking for.

Parents

  • CACHE Entry Level certificate in preparation for childcare
  • CACHE Foundation Award in caring for children

If you’re a parent or are thinking about having children these would be great qualifications for you as they provide you with all the basic knowledge that’s required for looking after young children.

Anyone wanting basic knowledge of looking after children

  • CACHE Entry Level certificate in preparation for childcare
  • CACHE Foundation Award in caring for children

Either of these qualifications would be of great benefit for anyone wanting to get the basic knowledge requirements that are needed for entering into childcare and in going further with their studies.

An early years assistant in a school or children’s centre

  • CACHE Level 2 Award, certificate and Diploma in childcare and education
  • CACHE Level 2 Certificate in preschool practice

These qualifications are for anyone wanting to become an assistant for young children where you will be helping look after the children within a school or children’s centre. You’ll be working with the supervisor of the children’s centre and will have to play and help the children learn and to make sure that they are safe in their environment.

A preschool assistant

  • CACHE Level 2 award, certificate and Diploma in childcare and education
  • CACHE Level 2 Certificate in preschool practice

If you want to be working as an assistant helping to look after young children in a preschool then these qualifications would be perfect for you. The purpose of the job is to assist the supervisor in day to day running of the preschool. You’ll be playing with the children and helping them learn. You will have to ensure that they are safe and look out for their well being.

Special educational needs assistant

  • CACHE Level 2 award, certificate and Diploma in childcare and education

You will be helping to look after children who have special educational requirements in many different environments for example a preschool or children’s centre. You will be working alongside the supervisor.

A nursery foundation stage assistant

  • CACHE Level 2 award, certificate and Diploma in childcare and education

With this qualification you can work in a nursery at foundation stage as an assistant helping to look after the young children. You’ll be working alongside the supervisor of the nursery and will have to play with the children and help them learn, put the toys/games away once they finish playing with them, you will have to make sure they are safe and happy in their environment. Generally you look after their well being.

 

An early years nursery practitioner

  • CACHE Level 3 award in early years and childcare for play workers
  • CACHE Level 3 award, certificate and Diploma in childcare and education
  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in preschool practice

A nursery practitioner’ job is to care for children up to the age of 5 years within a nursery. You’ll be working closely with others and also parents, you will have to make sure that the nursery is safe and is a stimulating environment for the children and will carry out a variety of activities with them, making sure that have fun while they are learning.

A practitioner in extended childcare

  • CACHE Level 3 award in early years and childcare for play workers

Your role will be to look after children and have a more widespread variety of opportunities to offer your skills and knowledge within different situations in childcare.

A preschool practitioner

  • CACHE Level 3 award in early years and childcare for play workers

Your role is to look after children up to the age of 5 years and help with their development in a preschool. You will have to make sure that the children are safe and are happy in their environment and that they are having fun whilst learning. You will be working closely with others in your team and with the children’s parents and families. You will be carrying out activities with the children and taking them out on day trips.

A crèche supervisor

  • CACHE Level 3 award in early years and childcare for play workers

Your role is to supervise the staff in a crèche as they look after the young children. You will have to make sure that they are carrying out their tasks properly and that the children are having fun while they are learning and generally looking out for their interests, and making sure the crèche is clean, safe and stimulating for the children. You’ll be working with others and also with the children’s parents/families.

A special educational needs support worker

  • CACHE Level 3 award, certificate and Diploma in childcare and education

Your role will be to work with children, their families either supervised or unsupervised in many locations including, schools, nurseries and children’s centres.

A nanny/home based child carer

  • CACHE Level 3 award, certificate and Diploma in childcare and education
  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in home based childcare

Your role is to look after children at their home, so you will be working with them and their families either supervised or unsupervised. You will be caring for them day to day and taking part in activities, day trips, trips to the park for example, playing with them and helping them learn whilst having fun, generally looking out for their wellbeing. It will be your responsibility while the parents are away to look after the child or children.

A children’s centre practitioner

  • CACHE Level 3 award, certificate and Diploma in childcare and education

Your role is to look after children within a children’s centre, you will have to make sure they are happy in their environment and that the centre is stimulating for them, you will be working closely with the children’s parents and families, you will be carrying out many activities with them and making sure that they are having fun.

A preschool supervisor

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in preschool practice

Your role is to help support children’s emotional, physical, intellectual and language development up to the age of 5 years of age. You will be supervising the other staff working in the preschool. You will have to make sure the children are getting the most out of their time at the preschool and are having fun with their studies. You’ll be working closely with others in the team as well as the children’s parents and families. It will be your responsibility that things are running smoothly and that everyone is carrying out their tasks properly.

A playgroup supervisor

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in preschool practice

A playgroup supervisor helps to support children’s intellectual, emotional, physical and language development in a playgroup environment. You will be supervising the other staff working in the playgroup. You must also think of new ideas for the children to get the most out of their playtime and learning.

A quality assured manager in children’s centres, preschools and nurseries

  • CACHE Level 4 Certificate in managing quality standards in Children’s services

Your role is to develop quality assurance practices by establishing, improving and maintaining quality standards.

A teaching assistant

  • CACHE Level 2 certificate in supporting teaching and learning in schools
  • CACHE Level 3 certificate in supporting teaching and learning in schools

Your role is to help support teachers and the pupils to help develop young people and children.

A special educational needs assistant

  • CACHE Level 2 certificate in supporting teaching and learning in schools
  • CACHE Level 3 certificate in supporting teaching and learning in schools

Your role is to help teachers and pupils who have special educational requirements and may need extra help and support.

A learning support assistant

  • CACHE Level 2 certificate in supporting teaching and learning in schools
  • CACHE Level 3 certificate in supporting teaching and learning in schools

Your role is to work alongside teachers in the classroom and help pupils get the most they can out of their studies.