What is the Childcare & Education industry?
What’s it like working in this industry?
If you’re committed to helping children thrive and get the best start in life, this could be the perfect career for you. You will need a warm and positive approach, lots of creative ideas and a willingness to work as part of a team. You could work in local authority childcare settings, privately owned nurseries, Sure Start Children’s Centres or in primary schools.
Your duties may include acting as a key worker for one or more children, monitoring their progress and sharing information about their development with their parents and/or carers. With experience, you could also specialise in working with children with physical disabilities, learning difficulties or mental health issues.
Nurseries can be open from around 7am to 6pm in the evening. You would normally work eight-hour shifts within these times each day. Some establishments are also open on Saturdays. Residential Childcare settings may mean shift work including nights and weekends. You do not always need formal qualifications to start training although a good standard of general education, such as GCSEs, including English and Maths, would be helpful. For all jobs, you will need to have background checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The main role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress. Teaching assistants are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, contribute to planning and class activities and promote positive behaviours that are crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.
- The starting salary for junior or trainee positions is from £10,000 to £14,000 a year, depending on age.
- Qualified and experienced workers can earn between £15,000 and £22,000, depending on responsibilities.
Figures are supplied by the National Careers Service and are intended as a guideline only.
How can HTP help me get a job?
You don’t need any previous experience or qualifications to start a programme with HTP Apprenticeship College, although you will need to have achieved a minimum of Grade 4/C in English and Maths on completion of training to secure employment. HTP offers three great ways to start your career:
- Full-time Courses are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3.
- Traineeships, where you undertake work experience to make sure this industry is right for you
- Apprenticeships where you will be earning and learning right from the start.
Thousands of young people have succeeded with an Apprenticeship through HTP. You could too!
Get started today – your way
There are three great ways you can begin your career in ChildCare through HTP Apprenticeship College. Choosing the right one for you depends on how ready you are to start work.
Get straight into work
- Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce
- Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if you do not already have GCSE at Grades C or above)
- Employee Rights and Responsibilities
- Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
- Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Learning and Development
- Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (you will be exempt if you already have GCSE at Grades C or above in these subjects)
- Employment Rights and Responsibilities
- Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills
Get some experience first
Starting work can be quite daunting and not everyone knows what they want to do. That’s one reason why the government created Traineeships – to let you ‘try out’ working in a business or other organisation to see if it’s right for you. A Traineeship is a great way to get a taste of a real workplace, gain experience and skills, and progress onto a full Apprenticeship or other employment. On a Traineeship with HTP Training, you will:
- Get a minimum of 6 weeks Work Experience
- Take part in classroom-based training at one of our training centres to help you prepare for work
- When you are on work experience you may get some expenses towards things like travel and meals
- The chance to achieve maths and English qualifications (if you need to)
After your Traineeship
Get ready and confident
This Full-time Course
You’ll be based at one of our Skills Centre at Little London in Newport on the Isle of Wight, where you will undertake the Level 2 Certificate for the Children’s and Young Peoples Workforce along with work experience with a local employer. Some of the things you’ll learn on this course include:
- Health and Safety
- Introduction to the development of children’s play
- Paediatric Illness, Injury and Emergency First Aid
- Child and Young Person Development
- Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People
After your Full-time Course
After you have successfully completed the Level 2 Certificate for Children and Young Peoples Workforce you can progress to your Level 3 Diploma or we will help you secure an Advanced Apprenticeship with a local employer.
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