Before you can begin working with children you will need enhanced background checks to be completed by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).
To become a qualified nursery worker and be counted in the staff-to-children ratios, you will need a recognised Level 2 or Level 3 childcare qualification.
Yes. Early years apprenticeships are available for the following roles:
- Intermediate Level Apprenticeship
- Early Years Worker/Assistant
- Care Worker/Assistant
- Assistant Youth Support & Community Worker
Advanced Level Apprenticeship:
- Nursery Worker/Supervisor
- Nursery Nurse / Nursery Teaching Assistant
There is funding help available for eligible applicants through the Early Years Apprenticeship Bursary Scheme.
Research shows that sleeping in prams or car seats for a long period of time is not recommended for the following reasons:
- They are only designed as a mode of transport, and do not offer a child the appropriate support to their spine
- This could also have an effect on a babies breathing and therefore putting them at risk of Sudden Infant death syndrome ( SIDS)
The recommendations for safe sleeping are:
- Being laid on your back, in a cot on a flat firm mattress with a waterproof cover that can be washed down.
- Lay with their feet at the foot of the cot, this will prevent them from wriggling too far under their bedding
- Make sure they are not too hot- keep the room temperature between 16 and 20 degrees
- Make sure the baby's head stays uncovered when asleep.
- Keep the cot free of soft objects and anything loose or fluffy (do not use cot bumpers , pillows or duvets, lots of soft toys) use a bay sleep bag or cellular blanket.
The American academy of paediatrics advice is 'Always use a firm sleep surface. Car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for routine sleep’.