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Assistant Day Care Practitioner

As an Assistant Practitioner, you’ll be responsible for providing day care for children in a non-supervisory role.

Llinos's Story

Llinos started at Cwtsh y Clos nursery on placement whilst studying childcare in Ammanford College. She was then offered an apprenticeship and has since worked her way up to become a room leader, using her skills to teach children in a healthy and safe environment.

Being a Day Care Practitioner

Working as part of a team you'll help to create a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for children, to support their care, play, learning and development. You’ll assist educational activities to support their continued learning.

You’ll provide care such as feeding, changing nappies, and setting routines. You’ll encourage socialising and help children discover new interests. You’ll also prepare children to enter the next level of care into school.

About the workplace

Day nurseries and crèches provide an essential service to working parents by offering childcare to children from birth. The terms day nursery, day care and crèche are used interchangeably to describe the place where parents send their children to be taken care of during work hours in the day.

Getting started as a Day Care Practitioner

To be successful in this role, you’ll need:

  • a caring and patient nature
  • good communication, including verbal and listening skills
  • imagination and creativity
  • to make sure every child is included
  • to be able to take direction from other staff
  • confidence around children and adults.

You might want to consider the Introduction to childcare programme that covers the essentials you need to start working in childcare.

Required Qualifications

Find the required or recommended qualifications for this role with Social Care Wales.

Find a job in care

If you’re thinking of a career in care, take a look at our jobs board to get an idea of the type of roles available.