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Working in Childcare

Are you thinking of a career in childcare or running your own childcare setting? There are a number of opportunities available to you. For more information contact the Ceredigion Family Information Service (FIS) fis@ceredigion.gov.uk or telephone: 01545 574187 who can point you in the right direction and advise you of what provision already exists in the area.

The Ceredigion Family Information Service offers a range of free support services for childcare providers in Ceredigion, including:

  • Advertise your childcare service to parents for free
  • Assisting in setting up new childcare provision (e.g. childminding, nursery, after school club)
  • Childcare business support and start-up grants
  • Training opportunities, funding and courses for childcare workers.

A team of Development Workers are also there to help new childcare providers get their business off to a sound start. In addition, they are offering ongoing support, help and advice to existing providers, assist groups to develop their provision, offer support to promote good practices and help with any CSSIW issues. Contact the FIS or 01545 574187 for further details.

The demand for staff in childcare has increased in recent years, and is set to increase further as a result of Welsh Assembly Government policies to provide more childcare and education places for young children.

Working in Early years and Childcare

 

All kinds of people work in Early Years, Childcare and Playwork. Children need a variety of positive role models and good influences. School leavers and students, adults of all ages, disabled people, people from ethnic minorities, men and women – with or without previous experience – all play an important part. What they have in common is their patience, enthusiasm and dedication and an understanding that theirs is a job to be taken seriously.

What are the options?

Registered Childminders work in their own homes, providing care and learning opportunities for children. The FIS fis@ceredigion.gov.uk  /tel 01545 574187 can send you a Childminding Information Pack, along with details of the support you will receive. This will include details of the Childminding Course, the Briefing Sessions which give you information about the registration process and the Start Up Pack. This will include membership of PACEY Cymru public liability insurance, as well as help towards training and equipment for you to get started.

    • How to become a registered Childminder 
    • Applying to become a registered childminder
    • Become a registered childminder
    • Day Nurseriesare open weekdays all year round, so there are lots of opportunities for you to work part-time or term-time to fit in around your other commitments. With more experience, you can move into a supervisory or management role. There is a wide choice of training and qualifications available to you.
    • Ever thought of opening your own nursery? Chwarae Teg can advise you on funding and training. They can help you develop an action plan and provide guidance on work-life balance, help with care costs and provide one-to-one discussions and free courses. Help and guidance can also be obtained from NDNA (National Day Nurseries Association), and Business Wales
  • Working in, or setting up a playgroup or Parent and Toddler Group? WPPA (Wales Pre-school Playgroups Association) and MYM (Mydiad Ysgolion Meithrin) offer a range of courses, information and advice to anyone thinking of working or setting up a Playgroup or Parent and Toddler Group. The Childcare Home Approval Scheme is a voluntary scheme for carers who are not required to be registered by CSSIW to allow individuals to work in the parents home caring for their child. Its aims are to raise the standard of home based care and allow greater numbers of parents to access financial support.
  • Working in, or setting up an Out-of-School-Club? These clubs provide fun in a safe, happy environment term-time and during the holidays. Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids Clubs helps to set up, develop and support out of school childcare clubs.
  • Working as a Nanny? The Childcare Home Approval Scheme is a voluntary scheme for carers who are not required to be registered by CSSIW to allow individuals to work in the parents home caring for their child. Its aims are to raise the standard of home based care and allow greater numbers of parents to access financial support.

Mudiad Meithrin’s National Training Scheme

Cam wrth Gam delivers MM’s national training scheme and achieves this through:

  • Offering NVQ training at Levels 2 and 3 for those wishing to work in early years care and education settings.
  • Organising work placements for candidates in Cylchoedd Meithrin and Nursery classes across Wales.

Cam wrth Gam welcomes learners who want the opportunity to use and improve their Welsh.

For further information, contact:

Cam wrth Gam
Mudiad Meithrin’s Head Office
The Integrated Centre
Boulevard de Saint-Brieuc
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
SY23 1PD

Email: post@mm.co.uk
Website: http://www.mym.co.uk
Tel: 01970 639601
Or call free on 08000 11 22 33

The Open University

If you would like to work with children or young people the Childhood and Youth Studies programme offers a wide choice of one-off courses and qualifications that cover the full age range and can help your career. The Open University offer certificates in foundation degrees and honours degrees from the early years through adolescence to young adulthood. Have a look at their site to see if any courses appeal to you.

Childhood Undergraduate courses

You can contact one of the OU advisors on 029 2047 1170.