Recruitment, Retention and Employment

Recruitment in the early years is currently a challenge nationally. Ensuring you have the right staff is vital to a successful business and in providing the highest quality provision.

Promoting the wide range of opportunities in the early years sector can help with both encouraging new people to join the sector and existing early years practitioners to remain. The career pathway map Pathway into early years education – GOV.UK ( provides detailed information about different early years job roles, entry points and progression routes within the sector.

The  resources are guidance only and must be read in conjunction with

All people responsible for recruitment must understand the importance of robust safer recruitment practices.

Please contact the Early Years and Childcare Service staff working with your setting if you would like further support with these resources.