The childcare sectors have always been popular with those who want to be involved in the development of children in their formative years. The UK Childcare market was worth £5.5 billion in 2018 and continues to grow at a rapid rate so now is a perfect time to join this exciting and rewarding sector.
To be successful in this field, you will need to demonstrate a caring, compassionate regard for those in your care, be creative and energetic in your outlook and be prepared to work long hours. The average salary for a Childcare Worker is £21,000. As a Child and Early Years Officer, you could earn up to £24,523 working in London.
Career options at a glance include:
We also run a range of free short courses to help you gain new skills and decide if studying in this area is for you.
This part-time introduction certificate will give you the basic skills and knowledge you need to work with children, covering the development and care of children, providing play activities and health and safety.
This qualification is designed to stimulate interest and encourage your understanding of the childcare skills and knowledge needed to care for young children.
This course will prepare you to become an Early Years Educator, enabling you to work with, and care for children from birth to 5 years. You'll also gain knowledge essential to caring for children aged 5 to 7 years.
This course prepares you to work with children between birth and five years with compulsory work placement to gain practical childcare skills and experience.
This introductory course helps you to gain a basic knowledge of childcare in early years environments.
If you're working, or looking to work, in a school, after-school club or community centre, this course can help you progress your career with the theory to support your practical work.
If you are working, or looking to work, in a school as a teaching assistant, or learning support assistant, this advanced qualification will give you a bridge into Higher Education.