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Career options in working with children

Are you interested in a career working with children? If so there are so many options for you to choose from. You need to consider the following to enable you to make the right decision:

  • what age group do you want to work with?
  • are you qualified or unqualified?
  • do you want to work full or part time?
  • are you currently employed?
  • would you be able to commit to training for a qualification?
  • are you aware of the various training routes?
  • what salary range are you looking for?

The main sectors that employ people to work with children are education, social work, childcare and early years, but there are many other professions where, once qualified, it is possible to specialise in working with or for children, rather than adults e.g. paediatrician, family lawyer, counsellor, child psychologist, children's nurse, children's librarian. There are also many volunteering opportunities.

Other useful websites for those considering working in early years or childminding include:

  • National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA)

  • Professional Association for childcare and early years (PACEY)

  • National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

  • National Careers Service

  • In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.

  • The childcare strategy team also offer a training programme for the childcare workforce in Dudley.

Information on careers in childminding is available through the childcare strategy team.

Local colleges and training providers may also be able to advise you:

Contact Details

  • Name Gail Morgan, childcare and early years workforce manager
  • Address 3-5 St James Road, Dudley, DY1 1HZ