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 some of their favourite reasons to work with children.

1. Watching children grow

"One of the most rewarding aspects of childcare is watching the child in your care that arrives as a little baby grow and become a person in their own right; who has views and expectations within the setting.

"They continue to develop into teenagers and then young men and women who even now stop in the street and acknowledge you with fond memories of their childhood with you, and even come to us to care for their own offspring. Then you know that you got it right."

Jennie and Steve, Wiltshire

2. Sharing in a child's development

"I love my job. Its more than just a job. Educating children and seeing them progress and flourish is amazing. To know that we childminders play such an important role in facilitating this learning and development is just amazing"

Naomi, Birmingham

3. Watching children play and have fun

"My absolute favourite time with the children is when they’re simply given the opportunity to be children, and I have a moment to appreciate it.

"Rolling down hills and jumping in muddy puddles,

I can see how the children thrive from just being outdoors and having fun in a loving and caring environment. I want my children to enjoy their childhood and leave the setting with memories they’ll cherish forever."

Jenni, Kent

4. Meeting the needs of the child

"For me the best thing about being a childcare professional is being able to run my own business to suit the way I work and to meet the needs of the children who attend.

"We love outdoor play in any shape or form, be it in the mud kitchen, at a playground, going to the market or supermarket, the post office, on a bus. The children always respond well to these activities and all seven areas of learning and development are met through this medium."

Fiona, Huddersfield

5. Sharing knowledge and experience

"It's lovely to be able to support new parents. I was really pleased when one of the new mums sent me a text saying how grateful she was for the support that I had given her in such a variety of ways, and how much it had helped."

Jane, Kent

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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