Early Years career progression map

The Early Years career progression map has been developed by the expert reference group working on the Early Years practitioner criteria to provide information to:

  • Early Years practitioners to plan their career progression
  • anyone considering a career in the sector
  • careers advisers.

The Early Years Workforce Strategy, published on 3rd March 2017, included a commitment by the Department for Education (DfE) to develop career pathways: “We want to support the workforce to develop, both professionally and personally, and want staff to understand how to achieve their career goals”.

The DfE has worked with stakeholders to undertake this commitment. In contributing to this collective approach we have all informed an interactive career map.

The career map introduces those interested in beginning a career in early education and childcare through engaging case studies that explore diverse roles across the sector. Opportunities for career progression within Early Years, including study at higher education, are included conveniently within the career map, establishing clear routes and pathways for diversification or specialism along the way.

The map signposts the roles within the Early Years workforce and beyond, making this a useful tool for those just beginning their journey as well as a useful resource for professional development for those already employed in this wonderful sector. It identifies the varied routes through academic study and vocational learning through on the job training; equally valued and enabling of progression.

Those working in Early Years are committed professional practitioners who enjoy their work, reflect on the impact of their engagement with children, and take responsibility for improving on what they do through regular participation in their own professional development.

As childcare professionals we know that children deserve to be cared for by a professional body and this map helps to get the right people on the right path to do the job well. 

Early Years Progression map