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Early years

Our early years specialists play an integral role in the development of young children. They motivate young children to learn, engage their imaginations and encourage emerging social and communication skills. They also provide a safe and supportive environment, preparing each child for the transition to primary school.

Our Service

Hays Early Years is a dedicated recruitment service, committed to supporting and investing in staffing, recruitment and retention within the early years and play sectors.

We understand the unique demands of the early years sector. Our expert consultants provide suitably qualified, experienced staff on a day-to-day, long-term or permanent basis to schools, children’s centres and nurseries across the UK, including:

Early years roles

Early years educators (nursery nurses/officers)
Early years practitioners (nursery assistants)
Early years teachers (holding QTS)
Room leaders and senior staff
Deputy managers
Early years professionals
Play workers and leaders

Health and Social Care roles

Speech and language therapists
Outreach workers
Midwives and paediatricians
Family support workers
Family support managers

We acknowledge every early years setting has their own recruitment process and sets their own selection criteria. Your specialist consultant will therefore listen to your requirements, providing you with a cost-effective solution that benefits you, is bespoke to your school, improves efficiency and enhances the service you receive.

Supporting Early Years Education

With the commitment to Every Child Matters including Birth to three, the Children’s Plan and the two year review and the 10-year strategy of ‘Choice for parents, the best start for children’, the importance of experienced early years specialists will continue to grow. Our expert consultants understand the unique challenges of this sector and will help you meet these and other obligations.

Children centres
We provide a range of staff to cover the variety of roles within a children’s centre, from crèche workers to managers. In addition to this, we also work with children’s centres to recruit outreach workers and community nursery nurses to support the wider objectives of the centre. All our staff have comprehensive training working with 0-5 year olds, and where required, specific training supporting children with SEN.

Early intervention
Specialist early years trained staff provide support to children in the EYFS who require additional assistance, due to a special need or learning difficulty such as speech and language, visual, hearing and physical impairments. These individuals may use Makaton, PECS & BSL and can support a child’s development by creating individual learning plans in accordance to each child’s interest and requirement.

Early years foundation stage and professional status
We recruit qualified nursery nurses and early years educators to work within the EYFS in schools, children’s centres and day nurseries. They support the planning and delivery of the EYFS and monitor a child’s development through regular observations and report writing. Candidates with EYPS are currently being recruited by children’s centres to enhance the service and knowledge within each centre, improving the practice and raising the standards of the early years’ provision within each setting.

Birth to three matters
These are qualified early years workers with specific experience, working with children under three within day nurseries and children’s centres. These candidates have strong communication skills as regular contact between setting and home is encouraged to ensure a consistent approach for the child.

Our Expertise

In addition to our standard recruitment service, we offer a range of dedicated early years services reflecting our commitment to the industry.

Supporting young professionals entering early years
Young professionals entering the industry need support and inspiration to develop their skills and express their talents. We offer career guidance and interview technique workshops for colleges, offering level 2 and 3 childcare qualifications across the UK. Recognising this talent and dedication, we also sponsor many early years students of the year awards across the UK.

With the focus on developing a collaborative approach across multi-agency working, we have developed a number of partnerships across early years and early intervention work. We are the preferred supplier of temporary education, health & social care and administrative staff for SCOPE, Barnados and Action for Children.

We also work across the UK with individual LAs and London boroughs, offering a preferred supplier service for the temporary recruitment for their early years, childcare and play strategies.

Salary surveys
The right reward for such an important role is crucial. With so many differentials in the industry, it’s imperative that early years providers get the right advice and guidance to attract, recruit and retain talent. That’s why we conduct national salary surveys on pay, conditions and benefits offered in the industry.