Early years practitioner
In this career you could be inspiring children in their early years, supporting their development through childhood and helping them thrive as young adults.
There are many careers available including early learning and childcare (like nurseries), out of school care (like after school and holiday clubs), childminding and residential schools which provide additional support for learning.
You could also develop a career in residential childcare which means providing a loving, safe and supportive home to children and young people living away from their families.
Good communication, creativity, resilience and an understanding of how children and young people think and feel will help you succeed.
Day by day discovery. I love to follow children's journeys together.Satoko Kojima-Kirylczuk Nursery practitioner
What’s it really like to work in social services? Find out from current social service professionals in our career stories.
There are over 200,000 people working in social services and they come from all walks of life. Take a look at these stories from people already working with children and young people to learn how they got started, what they like most and their best words of advice for you.