Working with Children
“It’s absolutely fantastic working in a nursery. Every day is rewarding as I can watch the children learn and grow.”
Kirsty Crowe, Nursery Assistant
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 is referred to as ‘Sessional Care’. Each playgroup session is usually provided for up to four hours a day and children who attend are supported to learn through play and active involvement.
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.
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.
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.
After having children, Amanda was looking to move away from her career in banking. She chose childminding because of the flexibility it offered.
Alongside her childminding career, Amanda studied for her degree in Early Years whilst gaining a level 5 management qualification.
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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