Working in childcare

Working with children is a fast-growing profession offering plenty of variety and great prospects.

What type of work would suit me?

Firstly, think about the age group you want to work with. Work with children aged from birth up to five years is usually called 'early years' and includes nursery nurses, playgroup and creche workers.

Work with over fives outside school hours is normally called 'playwork' and includes working in before and after school or holiday clubs. You should consider whether you want to work full or part time. See more information about the different roles available.

You could look at becoming a registered childminder, this is where you work in your own home and provide childcare which could include holiday care and before and after school services.

What should I do next?

So you've decided what type of work might be suitable for you - but what's the next step? Take a look at the Cache - 'Choosing Early Years as a career' information page.


Before committing yourself to a job or training, it might be helpful to get some experience working with the age group that interests you. Local playgroups, church groups and holiday playschemes usually welcome volunteers.

It may also be possible to gain experience on a voluntary basis in other settings (you will probably need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before you can volunteer in a setting). Find out more about volunteering.


To work in the childcare field, it is recommended that you gain a childcare qualification. Some courses will require full time attendance at college (eg CACHE Diploma/NNEB) with some of your time spent with children in a placement.

Other courses may be completed by part-time attendance at college while you are working. If you are currently unemployed Jobcentre Plus may be able to fund certain training courses, check with your local job centre advisor.

National Day Nursery Association offers a free online training course, introduction to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The aim of the course is to provide a basic overview and understanding of the revised EYFS, key changes to the EYFS, Development Matters and Ofsted inspection framework.

This will help develop knowledge and understanding of high quality childcare provision. To access this online training course, learners will need to register for a free account on NDNA's Early Years Development Zone. For any enquiries, please contact NDNA's training department on 01484 407070.

To find the right training course to develop your early years career, search the online directory, EYupskill

Current vacancies

Kindergarten assistant at Broughton Jewish Cassel Fox Primary School

Part-time, temporary

We are looking for a qualified part-time Kindergarten Assistant to join our team. The position is from January 2019 until the end of the academic year. Applicants must have NVQ Level 2.

Broughton Jewish Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its children and we expect all stakeholders to share this commitment.

Please email your completed application form to the school. Closing date for applications is Friday 18 January 2019. Interviews will take place week beginning Monday 21 January 2019.

Broughton Jewish Cassel Fox Primary School
Legh Road
M7 4RT
0161 921 2500

Mice to Meet You Pre-School Playgroup

  • One part time level 3 playgroup assistant, 16 hours may progress into more hours, term time only
  • One full time deputy manager, level 4 NVQ, 35 hours a week, term time only

Please can you Susan Hankin via email or call 0161 799 5726 for more information. 

This page was last updated on 9 January 2019

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