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Working with Children

“Being a part of children’s development, seeing them at play and helping them explore the world makes you feel quite special.”
Jane Alexander, Chief Executive Officer

Whether you want to lead a team or work for yourself from home, there’s a role for you. There are a variety of careers available working with children.

Help inspire the next generation to reach their full potential.

Working with children

There are many different opportunities and places where you can work in both early years and children’s social care.

Choose and click on the sections below to learn more.

Social Services – Children

Social Services provide a wide range of support that seeks to improve the well-being of children, families and carers.

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Playgroups provide quality play, learning and development experiences for children aged two to four years. It’s referred to as ‘Sessional Care’.

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Home Care – Children

Home care services for children provide a wide range of care and support for children and young people within their own homes. This care is built around the needs, routines and aspirations of the child or young person and their family.

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Foster Care

Foster care is a way of providing a secure family environment for children who are unable live with their own parents.

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Day Nursery and Crèche facilities

Day nurseries and crèches are childcare settings that look after children from birth upwards.

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Home-based Childcare

Homebased childcare is where a child is cared for within a home environment. This could be their own home, such as a nanny, or the childminder’s home.

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Residential children’s homes

A ‘residential children’s home’ or ‘children’s home’ is a place where children that cannot live with their own family live.

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Flying Start

Flying Start is a funded programme that supports families with children under the age of four in some of the most deprived areas in Wales.

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Real stories from real people

There is no better way know if you have what it takes to work with children than hearing from people who are currently doing the job. Below are a selection of films for you to view.

Alaw Paul
Youth Support Worker

Alaw decided she wanted to work with young people after volunteering with the Young Farmers Association and a summer working in Camp America. Having also worked as a family support worker for Barnado’s, she now works as a Youth Support Worker at Gwynedd Youth Service, working with young adults.

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Karen Llewellyn
Early Years Lecturer

After working as a childminder for 13 years, Karen decided to use her knowledge and understanding to progress and become a lecturer at Gower College. She lectures in Childcare and Health and Social Care to help inspire the next generation of social workers, carers and child carers.

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Job vacancies in care

Wales needs more social care workers.

Many people working in social care have made the jump from jobs such as hospitality or retail. Use your transferable skills and apply for roles in your area now.