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What Kind of Qualifications are Needed?

By: Rachel Newcombe - Updated: 18 May 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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Q.

I am currently studying at Birmingham City University, working towards a degree in Textile Design. When I've completed my degree I would like to have a career working with children within a children's home or foster care. I was just wondering how I would go about this? What qualifications would I need and how do I start the process?

(Miss Melanie Hadley, 27 November 2008)

A.

For anyone working with children, there are a range of qualifications that can be gained, to help support your work and improve your experience. In your case, it sounds like one of the best options would be the CACHE NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People).

This qualification is designed for anyone who’s working in a setting with children or young people, such as a children’s centre or foster care home. The qualification consists of four essential units that have to be studied and four options where you have a choice of what to study, according to what’s most relevant to your job role. In order to get the full award, you have to complete all eight units.

One of the benefits of studying for the NVQ is that you can do it on the job. If you don’t yet have your ideal job, then another option is to voluntary work to gain the relevant experience and study alongside it. In your case, as your degree is in a different subject to social care, this may work out as the most appropriate route for you to follow, if you’re not able to initially find a job in a children’s home or within foster care.

There are no formal entry requirements to study for the NVQ, but you do need to have GCSE grade C’s or above in literacy and numeracy subjects. It can be studied at your own pace and an approved assessor will make visits to your workplace in order to assess you.

Once you have gained this qualification, then there are other options which you can also go on to take, depending on the exact nature of your work and if you want to gain more professional qualifications. For example, a relevant future option may be the CACHE Level 3 Certificate of Professional Development in Work with Children and Young People.

To find out more about careers in childcare the different types of qualifications available for people working with children, have a look at the CACHE website cache.org.uk.

It can be very rewarding to work with children, despite being hard work at times, so good luck with your plans and your career.

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Manel - 23-Sep-16 @ 1:15 PM
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nina - 11-Jul-16 @ 8:08 AM
Rachel.H - Your Question:
Hello, My name is Rachel, im 21, I really want to work in a children's home but not a clue on were to start or how to go about this,Example. Do I need qualifications of any kind? If not can I work in a home with no qualifications behind me and earn my qualifications that way?Do I need to go to college first and get loads of qualifications that way?Is there an age limit to work in a children's home? like you have to be over a certain age like 18+, 21+, 25+ etc.I have had tonnes of experience around children of a variety of ages, both family and friends & professional too.Sorry for the long post, any help on getting to where I need to go or what to do will be great, thank you.Rachel.

Our Response:
It depends on which route you wish to take. For instance you may be able to volunteer to work in a children's home and not need any qualifications. However, if you wanted to take a professional route, then you are looking at jobs such as a residential support worker, please see link here, or even a family support worker here. I hope these help answer your question.
WorkingWithKids - 28-Apr-16 @ 12:49 PM
Hello, My name is Rachel, im 21, i really want to work in a children's home but not a clue on were to start or how to go about this, Example...... Do i need qualifications of any kind? If not can i work in a home with no qualifications behind me and earn my qualifications that way? Do i need to go to college first and get loads of qualifications that way? Is there an age limit to work in a children's home? like you have to be over a certain age like 18+, 21+, 25+ etc.... I have had tonnes of experience around children of a variety of ages, both family and friends & professional too. Sorry for the long post, any help on getting to where i need to go or what to do will be great, thank you. Rachel.
Rachel.H - 27-Apr-16 @ 5:57 PM
Hi, I'm considering of working with children in a children's care home.However, I would like to know what specific qualifications are needed? And how long would it take to obtain that qualification (s)?
Forzi - 24-Mar-16 @ 10:01 PM
Emma ?? - Your Question:
Hi I am a year 10 student heading into making choices for my Gccses and I was wondering what subjects you would have to take on in order to go down the line of working with special needs children. I would appericate it if someone was to reply to this comment because I really could do with the help.

Our Response:
If you are keen to help children and want to work in a school, a teaching assistant job could be an ideal job for you, please see link here. However, you could also become a teacher, and specialise in teaching children with special needs. On the other hand, you could also become a therapist, support worker, art or music therapist. As there are so many avenues to explore, I suggest you speak with your careers adviser who may be able to help point you in the right direction according to your interests and abilities.
WorkingWithKids - 9-Mar-16 @ 12:52 PM
Hi i am a year 10 student heading into making choices for my Gccses and i was wondering what subjects you would have to take on in order to go down the line of working with special needs children. I would appericate it if someone was to reply to this comment because i really could do with the help.
Emma ?? - 8-Mar-16 @ 1:54 PM
Sam - Your Question:
Hi could you let me know what qualification is needed for staff working in Children Residential Care Settings.I know before they use to do the Diploma Level 3 in CYPW Social Care Pathway. Thank you

Our Response:
You can see what qualifications are needed for jobs such as a Residential Suppor Worker, via the National Careers link here. I hope this helps.
WorkingWithKids - 12-Feb-16 @ 11:06 AM
Hi could you let me know what qualification is needed for staff working inChildren ResidentialCare Settings..I knowbefore they use to do the Diploma Level 3 in CYPW Social Care Pathway. Thank you
Sam - 11-Feb-16 @ 2:11 PM
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FT - 25-Jan-16 @ 2:35 PM
Hello, i am currently attending a secondary school& in year 9. Im really eager to work with young people when i finish all the educational bits. However i am unsure of what options to take to study for my GCSEs. I would be delighted to know all the subjects that will help, thank you.
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marc - 10-Jan-16 @ 7:58 PM
@Han - you've got the best hands-on skills having three kids for a start, but it depends on what area you wish to go into? If you want to be a social worker, then you'd need a social work degree or specialist post-graduate degree in the subject. If you wanted to be a nursery nurse then you only need a level 2 cert or a diploma, some nurseries will accept just GSCEs. If you want to become a teaching assistant, then you could train through an apprenticeship, or begin by volunteering and get your foot in the door that way. You really need to find out what area you'd like specialise in first.
Wendy - 23-Sep-15 @ 12:02 PM
Hi what qualifications do I need to start a career in working with young people. what would I need to study etc I am 27 with only experience with my three children (5,3 and 3 months) thank you
Han - 22-Sep-15 @ 1:15 PM
Kate- Your Question:
I am an early years worker looking to further my studies and get more qualifications. I would love to do a course on play development and language and learn more about special needs and working with children with special needs

Our Response:
There are a few options such as becoming a special educational needs teacher, see link hereor a special needs teaching assistant, link here, or the likes of a residential support worker, see link here. I hope this helps and good luck.
WorkingWithKids - 3-Sep-15 @ 11:26 AM
I am an early years worker looking to further my studies and get more qualifications. I would love to do a course on play development and language and learn more about special needs and working with children with special needs
Kate - 2-Sep-15 @ 4:44 PM
Nick - Your Question:
Hi,I am the manager of a sports centre and I am looking at putting on children's sports and crafts activity days during school holidays. One of my employees has a BA degree in Primary Education, would this qualify her to run these sessions? She has a DBS and first aid qualification also.I'd very much appreciate your assistance on this matter.Thank you for your time.Healthy regards,Nick

Our Response:
I have included a link to the Out of School Alliance, which highlights some of the other issues that you will need to consider here. I hope this helps.
WorkingWithKids - 25-Aug-15 @ 1:43 PM
Hi, I am the manager of a sports centre and I am looking at putting on children's sports and crafts activity days during school holidays.One of my employees has a BA degree in Primary Education, would this qualify her to run these sessions?She has a DBS and first aid qualification also. I'd very much appreciate your assistance on this matter. Thank you for your time. Healthy regards, Nick
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wendiwobble - 4-Jul-15 @ 8:39 AM
@uyai - it doesn't sound like you are from the UK and as we are a UK-based site we can only give UK-based information regarding what you need. You may want to do an online search, I'm sure it will throw up some very interesting ideas and advice.
WorkingWithKids - 17-Apr-15 @ 11:25 AM
@uyai - it doesn't sound like you are from the UK and as we are a UK-based site we can only give UK-based information regarding what you need. You may want to do an online search, I'm sure it will throw up some very interesting ideas and advice.
WorkingWithKids - 17-Apr-15 @ 11:22 AM
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uyai - 16-Apr-15 @ 11:02 PM
@Arty Girl - I'm not sure you need any qualifications as such, just a fair amount of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm. When you approach the school/church they will tell you what DBS check they will require and will ask what experience you have.
Gilly - 25-Feb-15 @ 2:22 PM
Hi, I am a stay at home mum and want to run an art club at my daughters school or run a 3 hour painting workshop at our church for children aged 5-10 over the Easter holidays.What sort of qualifications do i need. As far as i can see the school would need to do a Disclosure Check and i can do a basic disclosure check on line. Does anyone know if i need anything else? Thanks in advance.
Arty Girl - 23-Feb-15 @ 6:22 PM
@Jack - I have included a link about volunteering with the CSV, whereyou'll get the freedom to make your own choices and put your ideas into action. Its aim is that volunteering as a young person with CSV is about giving you the power to make things happen. Link here. I hope this helps.
WorkingWithKids - 17-Dec-14 @ 10:11 AM
Hi, im 16 going on seventeen I am at college I would really like to do football funday in the summer holidays to get kids of the streets and doing something that will benefit them. What would I need to be able to look after the kids what would I need to do.
Jack - 15-Dec-14 @ 5:52 PM
Can you start working while waiting for your disclosure to come
nikki - 15-Aug-14 @ 10:57 AM
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