To find out about childcare job vacancies, you can contact the Families Information Service (see contact details below).
What kind of people are childcare settings looking for?
Childcare settings will want you to demonstrate that you are keen to be involved in the development and learning of a child’s life and that you have a professional and caring attitude towards this. They are looking for staff who are committed, energetic and understand the needs of both children and their families.
Working with children often involves working with other professionals and parents, helping them with their child's development. It also involves working as part of a team and undergoing continual training and learning day by day.
All those working in childcare settings must undergo a criminal records check which is done via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). For further information about the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), visit the Ofsted website.
What’s in it for me?
You will have a respected, interesting and demanding career and have a challenging role with the potential to change lives – for the better.
You will watch children grow and gain confidence as they learn and play, and no two days are ever the same. You will have a crucial role in providing children with a stimulating and challenging environment; share in their achievements and be there for them when they need you.
Many childcare settings support flexible working and many are open term-time only which can enable parents to work whilst their children are at school.
Are you unqualified?
If you have no qualifications there may be some job opportunities for voluntary or paid work in a childcare setting under the supervision of qualified members of staff. Most employers will encourage staff to take up training opportunities that will support them in developing their skills and experience. Childcare courses are available at Harrow and Stanmore Colleges.
If you have worked in the childcare field before and are thinking of returning to work, you will already know what a worthwhile and enjoyable job this can be.