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Ever thought of a career in childcare?

Careers in childcare can be extremely rewarding and there is a huge range of roles you can get involved in.

The council’s early year’s team is keen to show that careers involving work with children are not out of reach for anyone – men, women, people looking to get back into work and young people can all be the perfect fit for a role working with children.

National figures show that men make up only two percent of the early year’s workforce, but there is nothing stopping them from getting involved. If you love the idea of working with children, there will be a role suitable. It could be as a crossing patroller, a childminder, or a teacher – the level of training involved will just be different.

The team host regular information sessions where Slough residents can drop in to discuss what the different roles involve, what training or qualifications they may need, and how to access further support to gain the relevant skills.

You may be thinking of where to start out with your career, changing it altogether, or moving to a different role within childcare. Whatever your aim, the team can help with your aspirations.

Michael Jarrett, service lead for early years, said: “We are prioritising our residents and letting them know they are not alone. We can start the discussion with them.

“We know if parents or anybody interested in working with children has an opportunity to volunteer it could be the deciding factor in whether they choose that career route.

“With changes in Universal Credit on the horizon, parents might be looking for opportunities to get back to work. I’d say come and have a discussion with our team and we can see what might best suit their goals.”

Meeting with the team is a great starting point for planning a career in childcare as they have great links with Windsor Forest Colleges Group, which includes East Berkshire College, as well as Reading University and Buckinghamshire New University. They also have good relationships with other voluntary and community organisations locally, which could potentially help with volunteering opportunities and skill building.

A survey conducted by Pre-School Learning Alliance and other major childcare providers showed that 98 percent of parents wanted men to be involved in childcare.

Information sessions 

  • Tuesday 20 February, 10am - 12noon, at Landmark Place, Windsor Road
  • Wednesday 21 February, 6.30 - 8.30pm at St Martins Place, 51 Bath Road.

Please book a place by emailing earlyyears@slough.gov.uk or by calling 01753 476581 or 01753 476554.

Types of roles 

  • School administrator
  • Childcare practitioner
  • Teacher
  • Site controller
  • Adult tutor
  • Housekeeper
  • Specialist SEND practitioner
  • Nursery manager
  • Cleaner
  • Childminder
  • Social worker
  • Apprentices
  • Lunchtime assistant
  • School crossing patrol officer
  • Sports coach
  • Cook
  • Self employed childcare provider
  • Learning support assistant

Volunteers 

The Early Years service is looking for parents who would like to volunteer as parent champions. If you are interested and able to give up just a few hours a week to talk to other parents about services available in the local area, please contact the Family Information Service on 01753 476589.

Case studies

We regularly run Level 2 Working with Parents courses at children’s centres. The learners on the courses have many stories to tell.

One lady, aged 29, came to the UK from Pakistan 10 years ago with English as her third language.

During the Work with Parents course, the lady grew in confidence, offered valuable insights into parenting within the Pakistani community and reflected on her own transition into western culture. She also uses her language skills to help others. 

Another learner was a lone parent of three children, who had been volunteering with the Home-Start charity for a year to support vulnerable families with young children.

The 40-year-old was keen to gain employment and joined the course to learn more skills, alongside the volunteering. She went on to apply for jobs as a teaching assistant. 

A third learner, 43, had formerly been in administrative roles.

Near the start of the course, the lady was made redundant from her part-time job so she applied for two jobs within schools. She was successful in one role and felt what she had learnt so far on the Work with Parents course enabled her to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required for the job.

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