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A Career in Pre-School Education

If you enjoy working with children, enjoy a challenge and are looking for a rewarding career. A career in Pre-school education could be the choice for you.

paintingThe Pre-school sector is increasing and we are currently responsible for over 85 nursery schools including a small number of special nursery schools. Many struggle to notice the difference between a teacher and a nursery nurse in today’s world, and this shows just how valued a career this can be.

Working with young children, you will not only be faced with exciting challenges but will make a difference to the lives of others.

We are looking for people with a genuine love for working with young children, who have the ability to exert patience and support as these young children begin to learn and develop.

What qualifications and experience do you need?

The minimum requirement for entry as a practitioner within the pre-school sector is an SVQ level 3 in childcare, learning and development or the equivalent (e.g. SNEB, NNEB, Level 3 early education and childcare).

In future you will also need to be registered with the Scottish Social Services Council. Experience in delivering the curriculum framework for children 3 to 5 is important. Like any career, you need to be self-motivated; relevant experience can be gained in a private day nursery or a commissioned playgroup.

We also like to encourage anyone with previous qualifications and experience in childcare to apply for a position as a Nursery Nurse within Aberdeenshire Council. Maybe you have been out of work because of paternity or maternity responsibilities, or maybe you have been involved in a different kind of employment and wish to get back into delivering pre-school education. Whatever the reason, Aberdeenshire Council has nursery schools requiring people like you.

fridge-magnetsOccasionally there can be opportunities to provide cover in schools to enable teachers to have their non-contact time. There are also opportunities within our Social Work Service, working in family centres, and dealing with vulnerable children who need closer care and attention.

Future Career Opportunities

Aberdeenshire Council is committed to continuous professional development, training and continuous development is available for all staff. We will encourage your professional development, supporting you in every way and helping you realise your potential.

More information about a career in Early Learning & Childcare in Scotland

For further information contact:

Education, Learning & Leisure
Aberdeenshire Council
Woodhill House
AB16 5GB
Tel: 01224 664400