CAREERS IN... Early Years & Childhood Studies

The links below are relevant to your subject area and will list careers information, employers in your field and job/work experience opportunities. You may want to look at other areas closely aligned to your subject area. Also bear in mind that there are a range of careers open to you which may not directly relate to the subject you have studied.

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Careers Info

Prospects – Graduate Careers Website – find graduate jobs and postgraduate courses.

  • Job Profiles – Search A-Z of job profiles or view job categories which includes charity and voluntary work, social care & guidance work, health care, education, and human resources & employment.
  • Industry Insights – Look in particular at Voluntary, Education, Health and Social Care.
  • Job Vacancies – Search for graduate level jobs.
  • Options with your subject – Look at options with your degree in childhood studies and community /youth studies

Children and Young People Now – View ‘Careers’ section.

Play Learn Grow – Careers Information and advice on working in Early Years, childcare and play. Includes ‘career routes’ and ’job opportunities’. – A national charity organisation for children’s play. Includes careers section on playwork and development.

Wales Pre-school Providers Association is the largest provider of community based pre-school childcare and education in Wales. View ‘useful information’ and ‘recruitment’ section for careers information and jobs.

Working with Kids – Information site on working with children as a career or in voluntary work. – The sector skills council for the active leisure and learning industry which includes information on a career in playwork.

Playtherapy United Kingdom – The UK Society for Play and Creative Arts Therapies. View ‘Careers’ for information on careers and jobs.

British Association of Play Therapists – The first and foremost professional body that registers Play Therapists and regulates Play Therapy practice in Britain.

Care Council for Wales – Includes a section on social work training in Wales.

Teacher Education & Training Wales – Includes profiles on universities in Wales that offer teacher training. Also find out about routes into teaching and financial support available.

The Teaching Agency – Find information on applying for teacher training, funding and life as a teacher.

Jobs and Work Experience

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Log in to Unilife Connect – Access graduate job vacancies, work experience, part-time jobs, careers events and set up job alerts from your chosen sector.

Children In Wales – Provides information about job vacancies available in the children’s sector in Wales.

New Leaders – Find out about the ‘New Leaders in Early Years Programme’ which aims to recruit, train and retain able graduates in the Early Years sector who have the capacity to become outstanding leaders. – Search for nursery, early years and childcare jobs. – Find education and teaching jobs.

Children and Young People Now Jobs – Search for jobs by sector, role and location. – Find education jobs by role and location.

Nursery jobs – Search childcare jobs by category and location.

Londonplay – Includes a jobs in play section.

Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years – Jobs with PACEY.

NSPCC – Go to ‘Get Involved’.

Action for Children – View ‘current vacancies’.

Save the Children Jobs – Search for jobs in the UK and Internationally.

Barnardos – Find out about jobs at Barnardo’s.

CharityJob – Search for charity jobs by category, location and sector (includes youth /children sector).

Recruit3 – Search for jobs within the voluntary sector in Wales.

FE Jobs – Search for jobs with Further Education Colleges through the UK.


Barnardo’s Get Involved – Voluntary opportunities at Barnardo’s.

Save the Children – ‘Get involved’ – Volunteer.

NSPCC ‘Get involved’ – Explore voluntary opportunities with the children’s’ charity the NSPCC.

Volunteering Wales – Search ‘volunteering opportunities’ in Wales by type of opportunity and location.

Interlink – Voluntary bureau for the Rhondda Cynon Taff area. Contact them to find out about a range of voluntary opportunities in the local community.

Volunteer Cardiff – Volunteer Centre for the county of Cardiff. Contact them to find out about a range of voluntary opportunities in the Cardiff and surrounding area.

Wales Council for Voluntary Action – The WCVA offer a number of volunteering opportunities – including many photography and film based projects.

Employer Directories

Direct Gov – Local councils directory – Use the A-Z to search for county councils throughout the UK. Look for ‘jobs’ and find contacts for other departments such as social services, youth services, education and housing.

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Related Media

AGCAS Industry Insight – Social care – Includes information on roles, entry and progression, typical employers and trends.

AGCAS Industry Insight – Charity and development work – Includes information on roles, entry and progression, typical employers and trends.

Career Player – Video profiles on Charity and ‘Not for profit’ sector, Health Care & Medical Services, Government/Public Sector, Teaching & Education.

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