Working in Childcare & Play

Working in Childcare and Play

Are you thinking of a career in childcare or running your own childcare business such as a Day Nursery or Playgroup? There are lots of opportunities available to you including grants and funding. Your local Family Information Service can point you in the right direction and advise you of what provision already exists in the area. 

Useful publications and resources for the Early Years and Childcare workforce

CIW Resource (English)

CIW Resource (Welsh)

Interested in setting up a childcare business?

If you are interested in opening a new childcare setting, we can support you on a one to one basis. We can help with consultations, assistance with CSSIW registration and documentation. We can also help with signposting to relevant organisations/bodies who can assist you with grants, business start-up support and training.

The Early years and Childcare Development Team provide advice and support to new and existing childcare settings. This includes Childminders, Playgroups, Cylchoedd Meithrin, Day Nurseries, and Out of School Clubs. Development Officers are geographically based:

  • Tel: Claire Williams – 02920 760769
  • Mob: 07766 303557
  • E-mail: willic23@caerphilly.gov.uk
  • Area: All English Medium settings in -   Ystrad Mynach / Gelligaer / Nelson / Tir-y-berth / Pengam / Bargoed / Aberbargoed / Markham / New Tredegar / Rhymney / Blackwood / Oakdale / Pontllanfraith / Crumlin

 

  • Tel: Sally Jenkins –02920 760768
  • Mob: 07766 516464
  • Area: All English Medium settings in - Caerphilly / Aber Valley / Bedwas / Trethomas / Machen / Llanbradach / Abercarn / Crosskeys / Risca / Newbridge

 

  • Tel: Rhiannon Tucker and  Jayne Nowaczek -  01443 820913
  • E-mail: Nowacj@caerphilly.gov.uk
  • Area: all Welsh Medium settings in - the whole county

What do they do?

The Early Years and Childcare Development Team provide advice and support to new and existing childcare settings. This includes Childminders, Playgroups, Cylchoedd Meithrin, Day Nurseries, and Out of School Clubs. They promote high quality provision which includes supporting settings and individuals with CSSIW requirements, encouragement and support with the Caerphilly Quality Standards and also the Gold Standard Healthy Snack Award. They also provide a comprehensive training schedule. Each Childcare Development Officer also has a designated role to support childcare settings with the following:

Business Support: - Sally Jenkins offers support with business plans, governance, grant applications and financial planning.

Workforce Development: - Claire Williams offers support to help you in your childcare career. Whether you are just starting out or you are experienced and want to progress there may be something for you. Ring for an informal discussion on the opportunities that are open to you.

Welsh Language Support –Rhiannon Tucker and Jayne Nowaczek offer support to all settings with Welsh language development.

HMRC

HMRC has some useful E-learning tutorials for people setting up their own business, as well as webinars for self employed people, which last about an hour:

Training

 In Caerphilly County Borough our priorities are to have a qualified, flexible, well-supported, safe, sustainable workforce for the Early Years, Childcare and Play Sector. Working effectively with children requires a specific set of skills. It is a responsible role, which can be very rewarding.

Local Colleges

  • Coleg y Cymoedd College - (01443) 816888
  • Cross Keys College - (01495) 333456
  • Rhymney College - (01443) 846400

Qualifications

The Care Council for Wales works closely with the Welsh Government to identify the qualifications that are required or recommended for the social care, early years and childcare sectors in Wales.

Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CIW)

Their role is to encourage the improvement of social care, early years and social services by regulating, inspecting and reviewing services. Their aim is to raise standards, improve quality, promote best practice and tell people about social care.

Interested in Becoming a Childminder?

  • Address: CIW National Office, Welsh Assembly Government, Rhyd-y-car Business Park, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 1UZ

  • Telephone: 0300 7900 126

  • Website: https://careinspectorate.wales/register-provide-service

Registered Childminders work in their own homes, providing care and learning opportunities for children. The first step is to attend a free Childminder Information Session where the process for becoming a Childminder is clearly explained. There is funding and support available including a start-up pack which consists of membership with PACEY, public liability insurance, as well as help towards training and equipment.

For further information and to attend a Childminder Information Session please contact Sally Jenkins - Early Years Workforce Development on: 02920 760768

For further information on childminding in general why not contact the Childcare and Early Years Development Team and/or the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY)

Interested in Working in a Day Nursery?

Day nurseries are open all year round, so there are lots of opportunities for you to work part-time, term-time, or full time. With more experience and qualifications you can move into a supervisory or management role. A Day Nursery needs to have 80% qualified staff and the qualification you need to possess can be found on the Care Council for Wales’ current list of Accepted Qualifications for the Early Years and Childcare Workforce in Wales.

For further information why not contact the Childcare and Early Years Development Team and/or the National Day Nursery Association (NDNA)

  • Tel: 08707 744 244
  • NDNA

Interested in Working in a Playgroup?

Playgroups usually operate for a few hours every day during term time. At least 50% of staff who work in a registered playgroup need to be qualified in accordance with the Care Council for Wales’ current list of Accepted Qualifications for the Early Years and Childcare Workforce in Wales.  For further information why not contact the Childcare and Early years Development Team, Wales Preschool Playgroups Association (Wales PPA) or Mudiad Meithrin:

Interested in working in an Out-of-School Club?

Out of school clubs include After school clubs, Holiday Clubs and Breakfast clubs. Registered clubs need to have 50% to 80% of their staff qualified (depending on the type of club) the type of qualification you need to possess can be found on the Skills Active’s integrated Qualification Framework for Playwork or  the Care Council for Wales’ current list of Accepted Qualifications for the Early Years and Childcare Workforce in Wales.  As well as chatting to the Childcare and Early Years Development Team why not contact  Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids Clubs (CPCKC) and Menter Iaith as they offer a range of courses, information and advice to anyone thinking of working or setting up an out of school club.

 
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