Working in Childcare

Few careers are more rewarding than working with children.
The Council is looking for people who want to work in childcare across the district.

These pages tell you about the skills and the professional training that can help you develop a career in childcare, and what grants are available to help you.

Working in childcare

Employers normally prefers employees to be aged 18 years or over.

The following skills and attributes are also important:

  • The ability to relate to babies, children and/ or young people
  • Good communication skills
  • Personal confidence and maturity
  • An understanding of and respect for diversity in terms of the make up of the family, racial origin and cultural beliefs
  • Ability to assess situations and seek advice and support
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure or in a crisis or emergency
  • Understanding of the potential physical and emotional pressures of working with children and young people
  • Understanding of the need for child protection

For all jobs working with children applicants have to undergo a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check. Having a criminal conviction will not necessarily prevent you from working with children - it will depend upon the severity of the offence and whether you are otherwise suitable.

There are lots of career opportunities working with children and young people for men and women of all ages and cultural backgrounds, including those with disabilities.

If you already work in the sector, you may wish to develop your career by further training, a new job or professional development.

Growth to the sector

New legislation has come into force that provides free childcare places for disadvantaged two-year-olds. From September 2014 around 5,200 two-year-olds across the district became entitled to a funded place. The Council is working with nurseries, schools and children’s centres to increase the number of people with the right skills to deliver childcare for those new places. This will create more jobs in the Early Years and Childcare sector.


There are many career paths available for work with children and young people. There are different levels of qualifications suitable for every stage of your career and you can progress to senior practitioner or management level if you wish.

Level 2

For those who are working under supervision such as a Nursery Assistant or Playgroup assistant working with children under fives or an assistant Playworker in an out of school setting.

Level 3

For those who work on their own initiative, planning and organising their own work and supervising others, for example, a Nursery Nurse, Playgroup Leader, Senior Playworker or a Childminder working on their own at home.

Level 4 and Level 5

For experienced practitioners who carry out complex and non routine tasks such as a manager of an early years nursery or out of school setting or a development officer for a local authority.

Level 6

At Level 6 you are classed as a graduate and EYTS can be gained. You are an experienced practitioner who can lead practice within a setting.


Ofsted require that at least half of those working in a registered group childcare setting need to have a recognised qualification, so gaining a qualification is an important step in improving your employment and career opportunities.

Early Years and Childcare Training

Bradford Council runs a range of courses appropriate for practitioners working in the Early Years, Childcare and Play sector.

Please contact our Workforce Development Service for information

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