Working in early years and childcare

Early years and childcare information sessions

If you are thinking about a career in working with children then you can find out about the options available to you by attending an early years and childcare information session.

The session will cover the different job roles that are available when working with children. This will include information about becoming a childminder or working with children in an early years and childcare setting or school. Information about training requirements will also be provided. You can also find out about fostering and other family placement services.

The information session runs at least twice a term and usually lasts for 1½ hours. To find out more about attending an information session, call the Early Years service on 01753 476554.

Working in an early years setting

For most early years and childcare jobs you are required to have an early years or childcare qualification. This can be done full time at college or part time while working or volunteering. To start a qualification, learners should be at Entry Level 3 or above for Literacy and all learners will need to complete an initial assessment to identify their learning level and identify any needs.

It is possible to work towards a Level 2 or a Level 3 Early Years or Playwork qualification while working in a childcare setting. Some childcare providers will offer paid jobs to people who are training, others will take volunteers. Qualifications will comprise of a combination of written assignments and practical work-based observations.

Becoming a childminder

In Slough, people who are interested in becoming a childminder are invited to attend an early years and childcare information session (see above). Information about Childminding, Childminder training and Ofsted registration requirements are provided at this session and there is an opportunity to discuss individual questions about becoming a childminder. People attending the session are invited to submit an application to attend the home-based early years and childcare training course.

The home-based early years and childcare training course is approximately 18 hours long; there are seven sessions that cover core requirements such as child protection, health and safety and working with children in a home environment. The training is usually held on evenings and Saturdays over a five week period. A 12 hour paediatric first aid course is also required.

Registering as a childminder

You can register as a childminder through the Ofsted website. From submitting your application to Ofsted the registration process can then take up to 12 weeks, depending on the applicant. We recommend that you only attend the training when planning to register immediately, as changes in legislation could mean that you are no longer equipped to pass through the registration process.

If you would like to put your name down for the next early years and childcare information session or you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the Early Years Service on 01753 476554.