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?

Experience

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.

Training

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

Nursery Nurse/Nursery Practitioner L3/L2

Sylvan Court Day Nursery Ltd, Worsley, Manchester has a fantastic opportunity for a permanent full-time Level 3/ Level 2 Nursery Practitioner to join their team. The successful applicant will be passionate about working with young children, a highly skilled, enthusiastic professional with sunny dispositions. You will have the enthusiasm, passion and commitment to work with children to support their early year's development. You will be an excellent team player, be able to work on your own initiative and demonstrate excellent communication skills with children, families and colleagues. Successful applicants are required to provide an enhanced disclosure

Responsibilities and duties

To promote an inclusive environment that is warm, secure and welcoming in order to promote the development of individual children to ensure that children reach their full potential.

  • To implement the Early Years Foundation Stage with the support of the Team Leader.
  • To be responsible for maintaining and monitoring children's records as requested, under the direction of the Team Leaders
  • To supervise and work directly with children in both individual and group situations
  • To contribute to development plans and to support the Team Leaders in devising individual learning programmes for children in order to achieve high quality educational attainment.
  • To attend to and ensure children's personal needs are met at all times.
  • To be a key person carrying out all related responsibilities in building relationships with a small group of children and their families
  • To support and ensure children's transitions to and from other rooms/settings are supported under the guidance of the Team Leader.
  • Be aware of and comply with all policies and procedures including safe guarding, equal opportunities, data protection and confidentiality.
  • To learn about current developments in childcare and education policy and practice

Qualifications and skills

The successful candidate must be Level 3 / Level 2 qualified in childcare and have experience working in nurseries.

Benefits

We can offer the right candidate:

  • Excellent rate of pay (negotiable on qualification and experience)
  • Access to on-going CPD opportunities
  • Employee of the month award
  • childcare discount
  • work place pension
  • uniforms
  • Full-time, Part-time

Closing date for applications: 23 February 2018

Interviews to be held: Thursday 1 March 2018

Please contact Jayne Lynch at sylvancourtdaynursery@yahoo.co.uk or telephone on 07919562912.

Baby Room Nursey Nurse/Nursery Practitioner

Sylvan Court Day Nursery Ltd, Worsley, Manchester has a fantastic opportunity for a permanent full-time Level 3/ Level 2 Nursery Practitioner with baby experience to join their team. The successful applicant will be passionate about working with young children, a highly skilled, enthusiastic professional with sunny dispositions. You will have the enthusiasm, passion and commitment to work with children to support their early year's development. You will be an excellent team player, be able to work on your own initiative and demonstrate excellent communication skills with children, families and colleagues. Successful applicants are required to provide an enhanced disclosure

Responsibilities and duties

  • To promote an inclusive environment that is warm, secure and welcoming in order to promote the development of individual children to ensure that children reach their full potential.
  • To implement the Early Years Foundation Stage with the support of the Team Leader.
  • To be responsible for maintaining and monitoring children's records as requested, under the direction of the Team Leaders
  • To supervise and work directly with children in both individual and group situations
  • To contribute to development plans and to support the Team Leaders in devising individual learning programmes for children in order to achieve high quality educational attainment.
  • To attend to and ensure children's personal needs are met at all times.
  • To be a key person carrying out all related responsibilities in building relationships with a small group of children and their families
  • To support and ensure children's transitions to and from other rooms/settings are supported under the guidance of the Team Leader.
  • Be aware of and comply with all policies and procedures including safe guarding, equal opportunities, data protection and confidentiality.
  • To learn about current developments in childcare and education policy and practice

Qualifications and skills

The successful candidate must be Level 3 / Level 2 qualified in childcare and have experience working with babies

Benefits

We can offer the right candidate:

  • Excellent rate of pay (negotiable on qualification and experience)
  • Access to on-going CPD opportunities
  • Employee of the month award
  • childcare discount
  • work place pension
  • uniforms
  • Full-time, Part-time

Closing date for applications: 23 February 2018

Interviews to be held: Thursday 1 March 2018

Please contact Jayne Lynch at sylvancourtdaynursery@yahoo.co.uk or telephone on 07919562912.

This page was last updated on 14 February 2018

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