5 reasons to work in childcare

Whether you're thinking about what to do after leaving school, are already working with children or looking for a change of career, we've got information and inspiration to help you find the right route.

Our information pages offer an overview of what you need to do to get started, plus details of the support that PACEY, the largest professional association for childcarers, can provide.

Being a professional childcarer can be so rewarding. We've asked our members what they enjoy most about working in childcare/early years.

Being able to teach a child something new and watching the 'twinkle' in their eyes when they understand and seeing how proud they look. Also listening to them whilst they play – how their imaginations make me smile!

Seeing the children develop from babies to young people. Being my own boss and having the freedom to be able to give the children I care for the opportunities both indoors and outdoors to develop their own interests and personalities.

The relationships you build up to help them feel secure so that they can freely access fun activities, which help them to learn in their preferred learning style. The children are keen to listen to stories and take part with energy in songs and physical activities. Watching them learn how to share and make friends, becoming independent so that they can do almost anything for themselves - dressing, eating, drinking, choosing activities they like, accessing tools for making and just enjoying seeing the children have fun.

A chance to earn money from doing something I'm good at - running my own business and caring for my own family all at the same time.

When the hard work proves successful, seeing the children's faces when they do something they didn't think they could do. What could be better than that?

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Are you inspired?

If we've sparked your interest in becoming a childcare professional, discover more about being a childminder, nursery worker or nanny, and the training and qualifications required.

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