Working with Children
“Being a part of children’s development, seeing them at play and helping them explore the world makes you feel quite special.”
Jane Alexander, Chief Executive Officer
Whether you want to lead a team or work for yourself from home, there’s a role for you. There are a variety of careers available working with children.
Help inspire the next generation to reach their full potential.
Working with children
There are many different opportunities and places where you can work in both early years and children’s social care.
Choose and click on the sections below to learn more.
Social Services – Children
Social Services provide a wide range of support that seeks to improve the well-being of children, families and carers.
Playgroup and Cylch Meithrin
Playgroups/ Cylchoedd Meithrin are also referred to as ‘Sessional Care’. Each session is usually provided for up to four hours a day and children who attend are supported to learn through play and active involvement.
Home Care – Children
Home care is also known as domiciliary care. These services provide essential care and support for children and young people who live at home. This support is built around children and young people’s needs and routines to helps them remain in their home in a safe and supported way.
Foster care is a way of providing a secure family environment for children who are unable live with their own parents.
Day Nursery and Crèche facilities
Day nurseries and crèches provide an essential service to working parents by offering childcare to children from birth.
Homebased childcare is where a child is cared for within a home environment. This could be their own home, such as a nanny, or the childminder’s home.
Residential children’s homes
A ‘residential children’s home’ or ‘children’s home’ is a place where children that cannot live with their own family live.
Flying Start is a funded programme that supports families with children under the age of four in some of the most deprived areas in Wales.
Real stories from real people
There is no better way know if you have what it takes to work with children than hearing from people who are currently doing the job. Below are a selection of films for you to view.
We work with Children...
As parents across the country juggle working from home with caring for their children, there is increased respect and admiration for early years, childcare and playwork employees who help our children learn, play and develop.
Sandra and her husband have been foster carers since 2001. As the main carer, Sandra is faced with daily challenges as she ensures that she meets the physical and emotional needs of the child, attends medical appointments and meetings, as well as supports and promotes contact with the birth family.
Care Support Worker
Andrew is a dedicated, intuitive Care Support Worker who enriches and enhances the lives of every child and family he supports. He adapts his approach to every child, using communication tools to understand their thoughts, wishes, feelings and choices.
Job vacancies in care
Wales needs more social care workers.
Many people working in social care have made the jump from jobs such as hospitality or retail. Use your transferable skills and apply for roles in your area now.