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Start your career in childcare and early education

The next steps if you are interested in working with young children

Career next steps

Search for jobs

Use our job search facility to find jobs in childcare, early education and playwork across Oxfordshire.

Once you are working in an Early Years setting in Oxfordshire, you may be able to apply for a 16-19 bursary fund, or if  you are 19 or over an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of an eligible early years course at  level 3,4, 5 or 6. Free apprenticeship training is also available and includes literacy numeracy and IT skills. Contact your local training provider for details – see below:   

There are a number of Oxfordshire training providers you can use for early years training either by doing apprenticeship training or a work-based course.

Abingdon and Witney College
Introduction to working with children and courses at levels 2 and 3 and the Foundation Degree in Early Years

Banbury and Bicester College
Childcare courses level 2 and 3

City of Oxford College
Childcare courses at levels 1, 2 and 3

Henley College
Childcare courses at levels 2 and 3

Volunteer

If you are unable to find a job where you can work and train at the same time, you might like to contact local childcare providers to see if they have any volunteering opportunities to help you get started. Use the Oxfordshire Family Information Directory to search for local childcare.

Once you have a regular volunteer placement you may be able to apply for a 16-19 bursary fund, or if  you are 19 or over an Advanced Learner Loan towards the cost of your course fees to enable you to work towards an Early Years/Childcare qualification at level 2,3, 4, 5 or 6.

For school students

If you are currently at school, or have recently left, see our Introduction to early education and childcare for school students (pdf format, 208Kb).

Background checks

In order to work with children, either as an employee or as a volunteer, you will need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB check) Employers will normally arrange this and checks are usually free of charge for volunteers.

See the Disclosure and Barring Service website for more information.

More information

For useful career advice and job profiles visit the National Careers Service website.

Last reviewed
30 June 2017
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