Experience in child care, although not a pre-requisite, will be helpful when applying for a childcare lecturer role. Although in theory, FE teachers do not need formal teaching qualifications, many employers will ask for a degree or else an appropriate professional qualification at a minimum of Level 3.
A common route into the role is one outlined by Claire Burgess, who explains that her “experience as a nanny and in nursery settings helps bring [her] teaching to life”. She trained at Norland College in Bath before working as an early years lecturer and she now works as an early years consultant at the college .
A course run by a lecturer in childcare is ideal for students working or wishing to work in early years education and care. In terms of the qualifications taught by a childcare lecturer, these are multiple in number, and encompass courses focusing on youth, childhood and community studies to early childhood practice.
Being a childcare lecturer will involve practical, hands-on elements. For example, students at North Hertfordshire College staged a day of activities for children, including a performance of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which had an overwhelmingly positive response from the children that took part . Thinking outside the box is vital when it comes to delivering a childcare course.
The Department for Education contends that a level 2 qualification that meets the requirements is enough for an individual to count in early years foundation stage (EYFS) staff/child ratios.
CACHE is widely recognised as the UK’s leading provider of early years education and its courses range between level 2 and level 5.
The childcare lecturer role may require that you have previously taught childcare to Level 3. Holding a degree in EYFS is one well-traveled route into the childcare lecturer role, especially if you choose to study a higher degree.
Relevant and significant industry experience may be enough to persuade an FE institution to take a punt on you, however.
Christine Turay, a healthcare lecturer with experience as both a nursery nurse and early years lecturer, stresses that working with younger people means taking on additional responsibilities: “Sometimes you have to be a social worker, youth worker and everything rolled into one”. 
Childcare course leader is a natural progression from the childcare lecturer role. As an example, a course leader position at Leeds City College comes with a starting salary of £29,948 before progressing to £31,771 plus £1,000 per annum .