For those aspiring to a career in Childcare, our courses allow you to develop the essential skills of caring for children, and will lead to a range of careers in schools, nurseries, healthcare and other environments. Our courses will also cover a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas working in Early Years settings.

These qualifications are essential for all those who wish to work in the Children and Young People's Workforce in Wales.

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Top career opportunities

Child and early years officers

Average salary: £21,174
Experienced salary: £29,162

Nursery nurses and assistants

Average salary: £17,326
Experienced salary: £23,982

Houseparents and residential wardens

Average salary: £24,565
Experienced salary: £34,299

Top jobs in sector

  • Child and early years officers
    What does this career do?

    Child and early years officers work with babies and with children up to 14 years of age (or 16 for those with special needs), providing support, help and advice to individuals or within a family context.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Honours, Bachelor's degree

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £21,174 per year. That is about £1,764 per month, or £10 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £15,517 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £29,162 per year.

  • Nursery nurses and assistants
    What does this career do?

    Nursery nurses and assistants care for children from birth up to seven years of age in day or residential nurseries, children’s homes, maternity units and similar establishments.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £17,326 per year. That is about £1,443 per month, or £8 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £14,976 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £23,982 per year.

  • Childminders and related occupations
    What does this career do?

    Childminders and related occupations provide day-to-day care of children within a domestic setting, and supervise and participate in their play, educational and other activities.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £18,013 per year. That is about £1,501 per month, or £9 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £15,122 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £24,627 per year.

  • Houseparents and residential wardens
    What does this career do?

    Houseparents and residential wardens are responsible for the care and supervision of children, young offenders and the elderly within residential homes and nurseries, schools or institutions for young offenders.

    What are the entry requirements?

    Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

    How well does it pay?

    Normal pay is around £24,565 per year. That is about £2,047 per month, or £12 per hour.

    New workers generally start around £19,552 per year.
    Highly experienced workers can earn as much as £34,299 per year.

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