Thinking about working with children and young people?

Thinking about working with children and young people?

If you’re thinking of working with children or young people, you’re in the right place! Below we give a brief overview of some of the directions you might want to take. For any additional information, please contact us

In Early Years

You would like to work in a variety of settings such as a nursery or a preschool with children from 0-7 years

Potential Roles

  • Nursery nurse in a day nursery,
  • Preschool assistant or leader,
  • Assistant in a children’s centre

Progression Routes

  • Stay in Early Years and become an Early Years Teacher
  • Become a Play Therapist
  • Head off to Teaching/Assistant
  • Head off to Nursing/Midwifery
  • Head off to Social Care

In a School

You would like to work in a school in a supporting role such as a teaching assistant?

Potential Roles

  • Teaching Assistants
  • Learning Support Assistants
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Assistants
  • Cover Supervisors
  • Midday Supervisors
  • Technical Support Staff
  • Administration Workers in Schools

Progression Routes

  • Apply for Foundation Degree
  • Train as a Teacher
  • Become a Cover Supervisor
  • Stay in a Teaching Assistant Role and become a HLTA

Who have Special needs

You would like to work in a variety of settings supporting children with learning disabilities

Potential Roles

  • Caring job roles supporting children,
  • young people or adults with learning disabilities in school,
  • day care or residential setting

Progression Routes

  • Work as a Portage Worker
  • Become a Qualified Therapist
  • Become a Teaching Assistant
  • Head off to Social Care
  • Head off to Nursing
  • Stay in a Special Needs setting and become a Manager

We deliver these qualifications

In Play Work

Perhaps you would like to work with children or young people in a less structured or formal setting than a school or nursery? You might like the idea of working in after school or holiday clubs, adventure playgrounds or youth groups that encourage children and young people to challenge themselves through play – enabling them to learn about risk in a safe yet stimulating environment.

Potential Roles

  • A play worker in:
    • an after- school club,
    • holiday club,
    • leisure centre,
    • adventure playground,
    • youth group
  • Become a Play Therapist

Progression Routes

  • Become a Teaching Assistant
  • Become a Play Therapist
  • Head off to Social Care
  • Stay in Play Work and become a Setting Manager
  • Become a Youth and Community Leader

In Children's Social Care

You might wish to work with children or young people in residential care, foster care or leaving care, with young. Perhaps you would like to work with children or young people in a less structured or formal setting than a school or nursery? You might like the idea of working in after school or holiday clubs, adventure playgrounds or youth groups that encourage children and young people to challenge themselves through play – enabling them to learn about risk in a safe yet stimulating environment. Offenders or perhaps as a mentor supporting learning and development.

Potential Roles

  • Supporting Teaching and Learning
  • Foster Carers
  • Children and Families Social Workers
  • Registered Managers of Children’s Homes, plus Deputy and Assistant Managers
  • Residential Childcare Workers Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service Advisers Youth Worker Community care officer
  • Professional assistant Family centre worker Learning Mentor
  • Work in Adult Social Care

Progression Routes

  • Become a Therapist
  • Become a social work assistant
  • Train as a social worker
  • Work in Adult Social Care
  • Stay in a setting and become a Manager

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