Child or early years officer

Child and early years officers work with babies and with children up to 14 years of age (or 16 for those with special needs), providing support, help and advice to individuals or within a family context.

Entry Reqirements

There are no formal qualification requirements for entry although many employers will expect those appointed to have A-levels and to be working towards a relevant diploma or degree, together with work experience in a relevant field. For some roles workers must be registered with the appropriate statutory body. Some jobs are regulated and require job holders to satisfy the criteria for registration (including holding appropriate qualifications). Background checks including a CRB check are mandatory.

Typical Education Level

Level 4-6

Typical Tasks

  • Deals with issues relating to poor attendance at school.
  • Works with social worker to identify, plan and deliver appropriate support to families facing a variety of difficulties.
  • Advises clients and their families on available resources.
  • Writes up case notes, prepares reports, keeps up-to-date records on clients.
  • Makes referrals to other agencies such as social services and educational psychologists.
  • Attends meetings with colleagues and outside agencies.

Desired Skills

Active Listening, Monitoring, Speaking, Learning Strategies, Reading Comprehension, Writing, Active Learning, Critical Thinking, Mathematics

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