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.
Playgroups provide quality play, learning and development experiences for children aged two to four years. It’s referred to as ‘Sessional Care’.
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.
Social services provide a wide range of support to improve the well-being of children and adults.
Foster care is a way of providing a secure family environment for children who are unable live with their own parents.
Day nursery and crèche facilities
Day nurseries and crèches are childcare settings that look after children from birth upwards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chief Executive Officer
Jane has worked in various roles and settings within the Early Years sector. Starting out in a voluntary position, she was able to complete her qualifications and Continuing Professional Development training in order to progress her career to her current role, overseeing the delivery of Early Years Wales for the last five and a half years.
Head of Children’s Services
After training as a social worker almost 20 years ago, Darren now works as a senior manager in children’s services for Pembrokeshire County Council. His day to day responsibilities can be challenging but he knows he’s making a difference in his community.
Residential Childcare Worker
Making a difference to children’s development is Peter’s priority. He’s passionate about bringing joy to the lives of disadvantaged children. Peter, originally from Hungary, trained as a primary school teacher before moving on to working with children in social care.
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.