Working with children is a fast-growing profession offering plenty of variety and great prospects.
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.
So you've decided what type of work might be suitable for you - but what's the next step?
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.
16-22 hours per week, term time only, breakfast and after school club
Kickstart Education is a limited social enterprise operating in the Greater Manchester and East Cheshire areas of the North-West of England.
Our core values of delivering excellence, promoting respect and working together shape how we approach our work and the services we provide to the schools, children, staff and parents we support. The successful candidate will be based in our new wrap around childcare provision at Barton Moss Primary School in Eccles, Greater Manchester which will open on Wednesday 3 January 2018.
The ideal candidate for this role will be based in Greater Manchester, within a commutable distance of Eccles.
The role will report to the Director of Childcare and will undertake the following duties:
It is essential that the successful candidate has:
If you would like to apply for this position, please email a letter of application highlighting your suitability for the role, together with a current CV evidencing your qualifications, education, and experience to email@example.com.
The successful candidate will be required to undergo and enhanced DBS check, reference checks and evidence qualifications prior to appointment.
Key dates for the role
Due to the large number of applications we anticipate, interviews will be arranged on an individual basis.
Kickstart is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates.
This page was last updated on 13 November 2017