The UK childcare industry is worth more than £5.5 billion a year and is forecast to grow by 18% over the next five years. With an average salary in the North West of £18,000, now is a great time to launch a career in Early Years.
From 2009, the Liverpool City Region had seen a massive 41% growth in the childcare sector. However, the pandemic proved to be a challenge for many sectors, and childcare was no exception. Many early years workers went on furlough due to parents working from home. Now, as employment levels are rising, the demand for early years workers is also growing again. Additionally, as more families become eligible for free childcare hours and childcare vouchers, the demand will rise further. Moreover, predictions show that there will be a 17.8% rise in childcare workers in the North West from 2017 to 2027. This will create an estimated extra 54,737 jobs for the region.
Kickstart your career with tpm
With an increase in the number of jobs in the Liverpool City Region, now is a great time to train. As a Liverpool-based training provider, tpm is an ideal place to start. Whatever step of your career ladder you are on, tpm can help you realise your ambitions. Not only do tpm offer intermediate and advanced apprenticeship standards, we now also offer higher apprenticeships. Furthermore, we even have Traineeships available for anyone who isn’t quite ready to start their apprenticeship journey.
Perfect for Progression
Not only is it a great time to start a career in early years, there are also great opportunities to progress your career.
Our intermediate apprenticeship standard is ideal for people who are at the start of their journey to build a career looking after and helping develop children and young people. The qualification develops the skills to work with children under supervision and covers a range of job roles in children’s settings such as nurseries and daycare centres.
Our advanced apprenticeship apprenticeship standard is for people to develop their skills as early years educators – highly trained professionals with key roles in ensuring that young children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. Early years educators can work in childcare settings such as nurseries, pre-schools and childminders. They deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by the Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five years.
Excitingly, tpm also offer a Level 5 Early Years Lead Practitioner. This higher apprenticeship standard is perfect for proactive and influential practitioners, who work directly with children, skilfully leading the day-to-day practice at an operational level. They may work in various settings, including day nurseries, playgroups, pre-schools, and primary schools.
All of tpm’s early years courses develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours to become exceptional early years workers. However, they also develop soft and hard skills that can be transferred and valued by many employers in different sectors. As well as technical skills, the apprenticeship standards develop strong written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills. For instance, verbal communication is essential for interacting with children, working as a team, and relaying information to parents. Furthermore, tpm’s apprenticeship standards develop excellent decision-makers with good problem-solving skills. Equally, early years training develops creative thinking and innovation. The empathy, emotional intelligence and compassion developed would be significant assets too. In a like manner, leadership and management skills are always in demand by employers.