The broad purpose of the occupation is to work and interact directly with children on a day to day basis supporting the planning of and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes within the ethos of the setting. An Early Years Practitioner (EYP) works as part of a professional team ensuring the welfare and care for children under the guidance and supervision of an early years educator, teacher or other suitably qualified professional within the early years workforce.
In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with parents, children, colleagues and wider multi-agency professionals and partners such as health visitors, social workers and speech and language therapists. Individuals will undergo all checks as per the EYFS requirements to ensure suitability to work with children.
An EYP will also support the observation and assessment of each child contributing to their learning experiences and assisting with the care needs. Such as teeth, skin, hair, feeding, changing nappies and toileting under the direction of a more senior member of the team.