Could childcare be the right career for you? Whether you’re considering your options as a school leaver or looking to change direction from your current profession, childcare can be a really rewarding and enjoyable career option. Want to know more? Read on to find out why you should consider working with children.
Fun at work
If you’re looking for a career where laughter, fun and games are all part of the job, working in childcare certainly fits the bill. At nursery, there’s non-stop amusement to be had – and not just for the children. Outdoor play, music, movement and stories will all feature in your daily routine, with the opportunity for lots of laughs along the way. Surrounded by under-fives, it’s impossible not to be drawn into a world of infectious giggles and everyday excitement.
One of the main reasons why many people consider working with children is the huge level of personal fulfilment that can be gained in this career. You’ll build relationships with children right at the start of their lives, watching them grow and develop before your eyes. The satisfaction that can be gained from teaching a new skill is immense –as is the pleasure you’ll take in being a significant and beloved figure in a small person’s life.
Careers in childcare can develop according to your abilities and interests. So, if you start off as a nursery assistant you could undergo extra training and progress to management, or you could even set up on your own as a childminder – perfect if you require a flexible job to fit around your own commitments. Should you decide to switch careers further down the line, a background in childcare can be good preparation for careers in teaching, nursing or the leisure and entertainment industries.
Personal attributes you’ll need
If you have the characteristics we look for in an early years worker, this could be a big reason to work in childcare. Here are some of the attributes you’ll need in a career working with children:
- An affinity with young children and the ability to communicate on their level. Working in early years you’ll spend your days providing care to children who cannot easily tell you what they need using words – so you’ll need to be able to connect with them and win their trust.
- Good people skills. As well with getting on well with the little ones, you’ll also need to communicate well with their parents, putting them at ease and building a rapport so that any issues can be discussed easily. And you’ll need to be a team player, able to work effectively with others within the nursery to provide a high quality service.
- To be organised and efficient. While working in childcare is a lot of fun, there is a more serious side to it, and to be successful in a childcare career you’ll need the ability to create order from chaos.
Taking the first step
If this all sounds good to you, you’ll want to know how to take the first step in your childcare career. Here at Toad Hall we offer an apprenticeship scheme that enables new recruits to work in a nursery environment while studying for an early years qualification. It’s a great way to learn more about the benefits of working with children and get solid experience on the ground.
If you’re already trained and are looking for your next move, why not check out our nursery job vacancies.