A job working with children, whether in a nursery, pre-school, out of school club or as a childminder, is primarily a fun one. You will be helping children learn through play and you could be organising group activities or working with a child on a one-to-one basis.
Working with children also provides constant challenges, personally and professionally. You could be planning a curriculum, a day trip or working with parents – the job will vary from day to day.
A job that involves working with children has many rewards. You will have the enjoyment of working with children and the satisfaction of being involved in a child's intellectual, social and emotional development.
A job in childcare or early education can also offer flexibility of hours, which would allow you to work around family or study commitments. You could work part-time or full-time all year round, just during the holidays or during term time only, allowing you to have school holidays free.
There is also plenty of career progression offered in a job in childcare or early education. You can start your career with very little experience and study for full and relevant Level 2/ Level 3 qualifications while you are working. It is also recommended that you hold GCSE C or above passes in English and Maths before embarking on Level 2/ Level 3 qualifications. You could also climb the career ladder by gaining higher qualifications and becoming a supervisor or deputy leader. Once you have gained the qualifications and experience, you may even wish to set up your own nursery or out of school club.