Child and Early Years Officers

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.


New workers

New workers start around £11,560. Normal pay is £25,473 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £36,549.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 41,934 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Attends meetings with colleagues and outside agencies.

  • Makes referrals to other agencies such as social services and educational psychologists.

  • Writes up case notes, prepares reports, keeps up-to-date records on clients.

  • Advises clients and their families on available resources.

  • Works with social worker to identify, plan and deliver appropriate support to families facing a variety of difficulties.

  • Deals with issues relating to poor attendance at school.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Mental Health

  • Social Work

  • Personal Care

  • Cooking

  • Risk Analysis

  • Working With Children

  • Disabilities

  • Student Services

  • Trauma Care

  • Life Skills Development

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Management

  • Organizational Skills

  • Grammar

  • Empathy

  • Teaching

  • Reliability

  • Punctuality

  • Resilience

  • Interpersonal Communications

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.