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Careers in Early Years & Childcare

Working with Children and Young People


Want to work with children and young people?

There are a huge range of careers available working with children and young people across Devon. You may already know what you want to do but if not you may find the information on these pages useful in helping you to make up your mind. Please follow the links below to find out about each sector:

Social Work:

Social Workers help to organise care and support for the more vulnerable members of society such as children and families at risk or in need, people with learning disabilities or people with physical disabilities or mental health problems.

Youth Work:

As a Youth Worker or Youth Support Worker your job would be to help young people (aged 13- 19 years) to fulfil their potential. You would provide educational and challenging activities to help them improve their confidence, develop skills and cope with issues that affect their lives.


As a Teacher your job would be to educate and inspire children and help them realise their full potential. You may choose to work as a Teacher in a primary school (with children aged 5-11 years) or in a secondary school (with 11-16 year olds, or up to 18 years if the school has a sixth form). Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) support Teachers with their work in the classroom. In a maintained school you would follow the National Curriculum - a framework to ensure that teaching and learning is balanced and consistent.

Health Work:

There are many roles within the health sector relating to working with children and young people including: Midwife, Neonatal Nurse, Paediatric Nurse, Health Visitor, Speech and Language Therapist and many more!

Educational Psychology:

Educational Psychologists are concerned with children’s learning, well-being and development. They have skills in a range of psychological and educational assessment and intervention techniques and methods for helping children and young people who are experiencing difficulties in learning or social adjustment such as: children with learning difficulties in reading and writing, social or emotional problems or specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia.


The primary role of the police is to reduce crime and the fear of crime. There are many different roles within the police including: Police Officer, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) and Youth Intervention Officer.

Sports and Leisure:

Working as a Sports Coach you would be working with people taking part in sport and exercise, helping them to develop their skills and fulfil their potential. Working as an Outdoor Activities Instructor you would help people to have fun, develop new skills and learn more about themselves by leading groups in a range of outdoor activities.


Devon Fostering provides safe, caring homes for children and young people who can't live with their birth families.

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