Working in Childcare can be a very rewarding and fun career to have. With the number of parents now having to work to support their families, the demand for people working in childcare is growing quickly.
When thinking of working in Childcare, you may only think of the obvious options such as working within a nursery or school, but there really are many other choices available, from being your own boss as a Childminder through to being a Nanny or Au Pair, there are plenty of options.
Once you have decided on the area of Childcare that you would like to work in, you’re next step is to find out what qualifications you are going to need. Even if you have a full degree, the chances are you will still need to do some more Childcare specific training to ensure you are correctly qualified to take care of children.
What Qualifications do I need for Working in Childcare?
The quickest way to check this would be a Google search, or you could get in touch with some Childcare Agencies and ask them what they expect candidates to hold as qualifications.
Usually, you will need at least a Level 3 qualification in Childcare from a recognised Awarding Body such as CACHE or Pearson Edexcel. These Diplomas are benchmarked and Ofqual approved and so will ensure you learn all the vital aspects of taking care of other peoples’ children.
The options for when and where you learn are usually flexible, with the option of studying online or at a college. If opting to learn online, it’s always worth seeing if you can do some voluntary work along side your learning so you get a hands on experience of the theory you are learning.