Working with children

Welcome to Orange Moon Training. This page provides information for those of you considering a career in childcare or education support, we describe many of the options available to help you make an informed career choice.

We can provide the training you will need to pursue your chosen career. We can develop your existing skills and knowledge to enable you to achieve your career aspirations. Funding is available for most of our courses. Our prime focus is to equip you with the expertise to help children develop, thrive and enjoy their childhood years. 

If you are new to the sector and interested in working with children, or simply want to experience a short taster course to gain a basic understanding of what it is like working with children, we can help.  Our exciting training academy is designed to give you the knowledge you need to understand the various career options and to make an informed career choice. 

If you are already clear about your career choice and are looking to gain a qualification, Orange Moon Training has many years experience of delivering quality training programmes with our team of expert trainers who are all very experienced practitioners.

High demand for childcare and education practitioners

There is an increasing demand for staff to working with the children at various levels including in the early years and education support sectors. Nurseries and schools often struggle to recruit the number and calibre of staff they need. There are lots of opportunities and roles for you to choose from. All people who work with children work to ensure every child, whatever their background or circumstances, have the support they need to: 

  • Be healthy
  • Stay safe
  • Enjoy and achieve
  • Make a positive contribution
  • Achieve economic well-being

As outlined in the (still relevant) “every child matters” framework (2003). Enabling childcare and education to achieve these aims for children is the core purpose of our training programmes. 

Working in Schools – Teaching Assistant

Being a Teaching Assistant involves supporting teachers with their teaching and helping children with their learning and social development. The job is diverse as you will be expected to support teachers and children with a wide range of tasks depending on the age of the children and type of school. Tasks can include: 

  • Literacy and numeracy lessons
  • Helping the teacher with planning and record-keeping
  • Working individually with children or in small groups
  • Supporting children with Special Educational Needs
  • Helping teachers with classroom management
  • Playground supervision
  • Assisting with outings and trips

Teaching Assistant is an extremely popular role and, as such, it can be difficult to secure a job. Our Teaching Assistant Academy is here to help you achieve your ambition. 

We need more males working with Early Years children

There is a severe shortage of males working with Early Years children, young children need to interact with more male role models. We understand it might appear daunting working in a predominantly female environment and we appreciate there is still some social stigma attached, but males add an important dimension to a child’s learning experiences and early development. We actively encourage more males to consider a career working with Early Years children and wholeheartedly support the various initiatives to attract more males to the sector. 

Nurseries & Pre-Schools

Early Years, often referred to as childcare, involves working with children aged 0 to 5. Early Years has a high profile in the government and wider society now because of the importance placed on quality childcare to help young children succeed in later life. 

Day nurseries provide care, education and play for children up to the age of five. There are different types of nurseries: private, school, community and voluntary. They offer part-time and full-time places for children and may also offer out of school care for 5 – 11 year olds.

Pre-schools and playgroups provide care and most provide early education, for children aged 2 – 5 years. Many are organised by community or voluntary groups. They usually offer morning and/or afternoon sessions, often during term time only. Early years settings undertake activities with the children to help them develop their social and learning skills, which are a vital part of their early years development and preparation for full-time education and beyond.

We work in partnership many Early Years settings and can help find you employment or a volunteer placement while you complete a qualification. 

Childminder Early Educators

Childminder Early Educators are highly skilled professionals who provide care and learning for other people’s children in their own home. As well as providing care for children, they have a key role of proving early years education. They are allowed to care for up to six children, including their own, up to the age of eight. Many continue caring for children to the age of 14. Most childminders work from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and they can sometimes offer more flexible hours outside of these times. 

As lone workers Childminder Early Educators need to be organised, self-motivated and prepared to create a stimulating learning environment within their own home. There is a national shortfall of Childminder Early Educators. It is a rewarding career, average earnings will be between £25,000 – £35,000 per year.  

Our sister company can give you all the information, training and support need to set up and register your Childminder Early Education service and it is all free.   

Other job roles working with children

There are many other important roles for people working with children including: 

  • Children’s counsellor – supporting children to cope with emotional and behavioural difficulties 
  • Parent Partnership Worker – normally have a specific role to improve parental engagement with the school to help children learn 
  • Childcare Assessor/Tutor – train, assess and guide people who are training towards a Level 2/3/5 work-based qualification 
  • Hospital Play Specialist – provides play based therapeutic programmes to children in ward based playrooms and outpatients clinics
  • Community Children’s Care Worker – are unqualified social workers who work in a childcare team with children and families. They contribute to making assessments of the needs of children and families 
  • Foster Carer
  • Residential Children’s Worker 

Types of qualifications

High quality training for those working in the sector is absolutely crucial. A recognised qualification equips you with the skills you need to do your job well and the knowledge to understand and appreciate a child’s development. The main difference in qualifications is the age group they relate to. 

  • Early Years qualifications will equip you to work with under 5’s in a variety of settings, such as nurseries, pre-schools and crèches 
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning qualifications are for teaching/classroom assistants working with children in primary & secondary schools. 

Do I need English and Maths?

Good English and Maths skills (sometimes referred to as literacy and numeracy) are vital for people who work with children as your job role will include writing reports, daily journals, helping them to develop literacy and numeracy skills, talking to parents and other professionals who work with children. 

In most settings you will need Maths and English at level 2 to be fully qualified. Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE grade 4/5 or grade C.

The good news is that we deliver the relevant English and Maths qualifications, fully funded, for people who work with children. 

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