This is Children in Need month, so today team Angel is talking working with kids, both directly and in educational establishments.
They say never work with children or animals but we all know the satisfaction can far outweigh the challenges. Plus, working with kids doesn’t stop at teaching!
Angel supports candidates and clients in a variety of child-centric roles, like: Care, Administration, Catering , Building maintenance
So, this Q&A Wednesday we’re asking our consultants for some tips and tricks on building a career with kids at its heart – whether directly or indirectly!
1. What’s your first tip for a career working with kids?
You’ll need DBS clearance to work with children or within educational spaces.
“The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.”
Your employer or recruitment agency will apply for this if you haven’t got one already. If you are DBS cleared sign up for the update service here.
2. Why should I sign up to the DBS update service?
Subscribing to the update service means you’ll look potentially more attractive to time-strapped employers and recruitment agencies.
“Organisations can carry out a quick online Status check to see if an individual’s Certificate is still up to date – saving you both time and money.”
“The service reduces the need to apply for multiple certificates when you move from one job to another in the same workforce or when a recheck is required.”
3. So, what can I do if I don’t want to teach?
Well, there are various options, but with Angel probably the most direct way of working with children will be through the care sector.
We offer care packages aimed directly at caring for kids, with mental or physical ill health, learning disabilities and so on. These extra dimensions bring their own issues and demands.
For example there is now an emphasis on helping clients – even children – to deal with problems and become independent, which can be hard. If you’re naturally compassionate you might want to do things for them – when really kids, like adults, often need to be supported to challenge themselves and grow.
Social work and care sector experience is often key to securing roles, so try: working or volunteering at a youth club, care home, nursery or kids’ charity. Do-it.org has lots of volunteering opportunities, for example.
4. Don’t I have to retrain to be a care worker?
A minimum of a level 2 college qualification in child care or social care is desirable to many employers. But, some employers are more interested in your work and life experience than formal qualifications.
Angel Care – our specialist care division – is passionate about finding people with the right soft skills – communication; compassion, empathy, and so on – and support great candidates in training if needs be.
Find out more about becoming a care worker with Angel Care HERE
5. What else can I do?
Schools, nurseries, hospitals and other educational establishments need a variety of skills to keep the place running efficiently and effectively.
Take catering, for example. Healthy eating is key to creating healthy kids and eventually adults – even star chefs, like Nicole Pisani are giving up working in top restaurants to become school chefs.
“[C]hildren are quite sure about what they will or won’t eat, what they smile or cry at the sight of.”
So it’s a different sort of challenge!
6. Speaking of kitchens, what about health & safety?
Yes, maintaining a healthy, safe and secure space in which kids can thrive is not just preferable it’s policy. That’s where site managers, caretakers and cleaners come in.
Want to be a site manager? The School Apprenticeships site could be a good place to start – you have to be above the age of 16 and not hold a degree to be eligible.
Practical skills are paramount for these roles, while first aid and health & safety training is always advantageous.
7. Then of course there’s all that administration…
Exactly. School secretaries and other administrators play a vital role in school life providing a wide range of administrative support to keep everything running smoothly.
If you’re a great communicator – both verbally and in writing – have excellent computer skills and can manage your time effectively then school administration could be for you.
8. Should I have experience of working with kids?
If you want to work with kids directly, say as a care worker, then experience of working with kids will help to boost your CV. Take a look at the Working With Kids website for more detailed info.
While of course one of the attractions of working in schools is the more flexible working patterns – which suit parents down to the ground.
9. Tell us more about flexible working …
School jobs often mean term time hours, making them perfect for parents. Tweet: School jobs often mean term time hours, making them perfect for parents https://goo.gl/8DmDBz #QAngel @Angel_HR_UK
While the part-time nature of many cleaning roles, for example, has a similar appeal.
Mumsnet advises people wanting to attain a term time job at their kid’s school to join their PTA so people will know you when you apply for a role.
Now over to you:
Have any thoughts on what you’ve read? Are you searching for a new job? Want to ask about applying for jobs with kids or in educational establishments? Got any burning questions we could put to future Q & Angel guests? As ever, we want to hear what you’ve got to say!
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