Childhood Studies graduates typically enter careers involving work with children and their families, within the education and social care sectors. Many go onto further study to gain Qualified Teacher Status or Early Years Teacher Status, whilst others progress into further study in areas such as social work, and youth work.  

A childhood studies degree is good preparation for a wide range of roles in the youth and community sector, and wider public services. 

Not sure about teaching? Whilst you are studying for your degree, you have the perfect opportunity to gain work experience to help you decide whether teaching is the right career choice. It also prepares you to move on into professional teacher training after your degree. Although some graduates do go on to work in schools in teaching assistant and other support roles following graduation, it is worth noting that a degree is not a requirement for these roles.


Your Skills

As a childhood studies graduate you will be able to:

  • identify and critically evaluate services for children, young people and families, and their diversity
  • understand the diverse roles of practitioners with children and their families
  • understand the values and ethics relevant to practice with children, and equity and diversity issues
  • understand the perspectives of early years children, young people and their families on services
  • reflect critically on key theories, concepts and processes for practice with children and young people
  • appreciate the complexities of interprofessional working
  • understand the development of children from the early years onwards
  • understand the legal, professional and policy frameworks for working with  children, young people and their families
  • appreciate academic and professional perspectives on childhood
  • discuss and evaluate the leadership and management of children's services
  • relate appropriately to early years, children, young people, parents and carers, colleagues, employers and other practitioners
  • select and apply appropriate practices and strategies in relevant contexts In addition to the subject-specific skills and knowledge above, you will have developed a broad range of skills that are highly regarded by employers.

To find out more about options using your childhood studies degree look at the Prospects site which has a really good overview and links to the different roles available.


Types of employer

  • Education - nurseries and pre-schools, children's centres, primary schools, special schools, further education colleges, universities
  • Other public sector - local councils, hospitals, charities, community centres, community organisations, NHS, playgroups, creches
  • Third Sector - community organisations and charities
  • Private sector - private nurseries and schools


Career Options

Here are just a few of the options open to you after graduation

For some of the following jobs you are likely to need more experience or further study

The following roles will require further study

There are many more options.  Use the Suggested Links to find out more about job roles and to keep up to date with trends and developments in the sector.  This will be especially useful when it comes to finding and applying for jobs.

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Monday, November 12, 2018 - 15:33