Working with children is a difficult but equally rewarding job. Being able to influence positive change within young people is a good way to incite positive change in the future and our spotlight this month is focused on the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce.

Early years social care is arguably one of the industries which is taken for granted the most. Think for a moment how different everyone’s lives would be if there were no nurseries or schools. Career opportunities for everyone would be limited drastically, economic rifts would be deepened & a frightening number of children and young people would lack the support and care that should be available to everyone. We are immensely lucky to have such a valuable workforce offering support for children and their parents too.

The positive support that children and young people require is provided by individuals, increasing the importance of well-trained staff who are passionate and driven to offer the best possible services.

“Although there are relatively few longitudinal studies, several studies have found positive associations between childcare quality and children’s cognitive development and social competence during the preschool years. These studies suggest that children who attend better quality childcare during the preschool years demonstrate better cognitive and social skills during this time period, after accounting for differences in family background characteristics that are also related to children’s development.” – Ellen S. Peisner-Feinberg, PhD FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA February 2007, 2nd ed.

After completing our Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce, learners have the option to progress into a variety of job roles. Below are a number of common progression routes, to offer a look into the type of role you could take on. The course can also provide as a progression route to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services or a Foundation Degree.

• Supporting Teaching and Learning Workers – who visit families of pre-school children at home

• Foster Carers

• Children and Families Social Workers

• Registered Managers of Children’s Homes, plus Deputy and Assistant Managers

• Residential Childcare Workers

• Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service Advisers

• Youth Worker

• Community Care Officer

• Professional Assistant

• Family Centre Worker

*This list does not include all available opportunities.

The opportunities and progression routes that this course can lead to are numerous, making it an ideal pathway into social care or learning development and support services. It is without a doubt a rewarding industry to work in and allows individuals to see the tangible difference they are making to people’s lives.

If you are interested in enrolling on this Level 3 course, then follow the link below to apply.