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Do you want to build a career working with children? Are you interested in working in early years childcare, education, playwork or becoming a childminder?

If the answer is yes Sandwell Early Years and Childcare Team are here to help.

Whether you are thinking about what to do after leaving school, are already working with children or looking for a change of career you can now gain a recognised qualification in a way that suits you.

Interested in working with children in Sandwell?

Visit our website Working with Children in Sandwell which will guide you through the different careers available for working with children under five or school age children which includes information about:

  • Working in full day care (day nurseries)
  • Men working in Childcare
  • Working in the playwork sector (out of school clubs)
  • Working in pre-schools or playgroups
  • Becoming a childminder
  • Becoming a Teaching Assistant or Special Needs Teaching Assistant
  • Plus other careers in childcare


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, contact Sandwell Family Information Service for your local childcare provider details.

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.

Job vacancies

Search for job vacancies in the early years and childcare sector in Sandwell.

For further information about working in childcare contact The Early Years and Childcare Team on 0121 569 4960.

More information

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