Working with children

The skills and expertise you need to make a difference to children and young people

Working with children is extremely fulfilling and rewarding. The feeling you get from helping them develop and grow, reach their full potential and shine brighter is wonderful.  

If you’re serious about working in childcare or education support – whether you’re just starting out, want to level up your knowledge and expertise or are looking for a change in career – then Orange Moon Training can help.

We can provide the training you will need to find your ideal role and develop your career.

We offer courses at all levels, all of which have been specially designed to equip you with the skills and expertise you need to guide the children you work with through childhood and help them flourish.

Funding is available for most of our courses to help you access the training you need to pursue your career aspirations and improve the outcomes of the children you work with.

Opportunities for working with children

There is an increasing demand for more people to work with children at all levels, including in the early years and education support sectors. While there are plenty of opportunities and roles to choose from, there is a significant gap in the skills and expertise that employers in these sectors are looking for. Nurseries and schools often struggle to recruit the number and calibre of staff they need.

That’s where Orange Moon Training comes in. Our core mission is to raise standards in the childcare, early years and education support sectors by delivering high quality, bespoke training that equips practitioners with the skills and knowledge they need to help children reach their full potential, whatever their background or circumstances. We can help you find your first job in the sector and progress your career.

Working in Schools

Apart from qualified teachers, one of the main roles that involves working with children in schools is as a teaching assistant.

This involves supporting teachers with their day-to-day classroom activities and helping children with their learning and social development. It’s a diverse but rewarding role as you will be expected to support teachers and children with a wide range of tasks, including:

A teaching assistant is an extremely important and popular role, so it can be difficult to secure a job.

Our Teaching Assistant Academy is here to help you achieve your ambition.

Nurseries & Pre-Schools

Early years, often referred to as childcare, involves working with the under-five age group. Early years education is a big social priority for Government because of the importance placed on quality childcare to help young children to succeed in later life.

 Professionals who care for and educate early years children are referred to as Early Years Practitioners. Providing education to Early Years children in an appropriate way is a key part of the role.

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 provide out-of-school care for five to 11-year-olds.

Pre-schools and playgroups provide care, and most provide early education for children aged two to five 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 vital for their early years development and preparation for full-time education and beyond.

Research shows that early learning experiences have an immediate, tangible impact on the academic and social development of preschool children. High quality preschool education enhances educational performance and employment outcomes.

We work in partnership with many early years settings and can help you find 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 homes.

As well as providing care for children, they play a vital role in delivering 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 an extremely rewarding career, with average salaries ranging between £25,000–£35,000 per year. 

If you’re interested in finding out more about becoming a childminder early educator, our sister company can give you all the information, training and support you need to set up and register your Childminder Early Education service.   

Other jobs working with children

There are many other vital roles for people working with children that you could consider, including:

Children’s counsellor

Support children to cope with emotional and behavioural difficulties

Parent Partnership Worker

Facilitate better parental engagement with the school to help children learn

Childcare Assessor/Tutor

Train, assess and guide people who are training towards a work-based qualification

Hospital Play Specialist

Provide play-based therapeutic programmes to children in ward-based playrooms and outpatients clinics

Community Children’s Care Worker

Work in a childcare team with children and families, helping to make assessments of the needs of children and families

Whatever role you wish to pursue, Orange Moon Training can equip you with the skills, knowledge and qualifications you need to find your ideal job in childcare or education support, so you can start to make a difference in children’s lives.  

Diversity and inclusion

There’s a clear need across the childcare and education support sectors to enhance diversity and inclusion and ensure no groups are left under-represented.

There is a severe shortage of males, especially from ethnic minorities, working with Early Years children.

Research has found that young children need to interact with more positive male role models in their formative years, as this helps to enhance their life skills and improve their outcomes.

There are cultural and socio-economic barriers that prevent under-represented groups from entering the sector. We’re committed to breaking these down, improving accessibility, and encouraging more individuals to consider a career in childcare.

While it might appear daunting working in a predominantly female environment, male role models can add an essential dimension to a child’s learning experiences and early development.

We believe that greater awareness and education around these issues can help overcome social stigma and encourage more males to consider a career working with Early Years children.

Types of qualifications

If you are looking to start – or level up – your career working with children, then specialist, high-quality training is crucial. It will equip you with the skills you need to do your job well and the knowledge to understand and appreciate a child’s development.

Formally recognised qualifications will also indicate to potential employers that you have the skills and expertise they require.

The main difference in qualifications is the age group they relate to. Early years qualifications will equip you to work as a childminder early educator 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 and secondary schools.

Why Orange Moon Training?

Whatever your chosen career path, Orange Moon Training can help.

We offer bespoke training and internationally recognised qualifications at all levels to give you the skills you need to achieve your childcare and education support career ambitions, whatever they may be. This includes qualifications for Early Years Practitioners and teaching support staff from Level 1 to Level 5.

It is our firm belief that by raising the standards of practitioners in the industry, more children will reach their full potential and achieve better outcomes.