Childcare Worker

It's a talent. Some people are just good with children. If you're one of them then maybe you should consider a career working with children and young people. The work will be as varied and demanding as the kids themselves but don't forget the massive emotional rewards you'll get from seeing them grow up into responsible, well-rounded adults.

The work in this area is quite varied and depends completely on the age of the children you're caring for. Working with teenagers will be light years away from working with nursery age children. For some jobs you can start from scratch, but for most of them it pays to get a qualification.

It helps you to make the most of your skills and give children your best. After all, you'll play an important role as you watch them grow - socially, physically, creatively and emotionally and a qualification can help you up the career ladder.

Working with Children and Young People Qualifications

Our Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce: Early Learning and Childcare Pathway (England) and Diploma for Children's Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland)  is especially designed for people who work with children and young people from birth.

If you are already working with children and young people, you need to be aware of the important and sensitive issues surrounding child protection.

You can also learn while you earn with an apprenticeship.

For further information, browse for a qualification using the qualifications finder.

Where to study

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KEY INFO

Type of work:
Caring for and meeting the physical and developmental needs of children from babies through pre-school and beyond.

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Who you could work for:
The childcare industry has a large variety of provision, from playgroups run over sessions to fulltime day care. You may work in the private sector or within a local council or education setting. Within the industry are roles as a childminder, private nanny as well as wider opportunities such as youth work and playwork although these roles may require further training and qualifications.

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Likely hours:
Hours vary enormously with fulltime private nurseries opening Monday-Friday from 8-6pm all year. Playgroups may operate on set days each week, for a set number of hours.

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Earning power*:
Unqualified, inexperienced staff may be put through an apprenticeship programme. Once qualified, depending on years of experience the average salary ranges between £10,000 -23,000 per year.

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Perfect for you if you are:
Fun and energetic with a caring nature. Working with children is hard work and a huge responsibility. It requires a deep understanding of a child’s needs and how to meet them but it is ultimately rewarding. If you are a good communicator, are creative and have a caring nature this is the job for you.

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You could even go on to:
Once within the industry there are many different pathways you may wish to follow: Qualified Nursery Nurse, Nursery Management, working with children with Special Needs, Childminding; Early Years Professionals.

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*Remember

Salaries are only a guide. We've quoted average figures and there will be some variation around the country and from employer to employer.

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