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Is there any other way? - March 2nd 2010, 08:51 PM

I really have a passion for working with babies and children. I've tried going to college on a childcare course, but I just can't handle the college part of it. I guess I just don't like that sort of learning. I only managed a few months! But I enjoyed the information I was learning about, and I know it's the path I want to go down.

But in order to work with children, you need the qualification! Although sometimes you can get an unqualified position within a nursery, for example, and gain a qualification that way. But those positions are really hard to come across. But I can't see myself managing two years in college. It would drive me insane!

Is there any other way, or any advice anyone can give me to get myself into this type of career? I've had experience working with children, so it's definitely what I want to do. I just need an alternate way to get into it!

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Re: Is there any other way? - March 3rd 2010, 03:38 PM

Hey Tayla,

Have you looked round to see if there are any apprenticeships you could do? That is more hands on and less of the college side of it. You could check out a local connexions branch, they should be able to let you know of any nearby. Why is it that you don't like college?

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Re: Is there any other way? - March 3rd 2010, 03:50 PM

I just don't like college. I've tried it three times, and I've hated it each time!

And I think connexions is only in England. And the apprenticeship website is only for in England too.

What do they have against the Welsh!!



   
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Re: Is there any other way? - March 3rd 2010, 04:09 PM

You sure!? Well is there any other alternatives for Connexions in England? Is there anyone you can talk to about Post 16 options and apprenticeships?

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Re: Is there any other way? - March 3rd 2010, 08:04 PM

Well I've been to the Job centre, and CareerWales, which I think is the Welsh alternative. But they've not been that much help.

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Re: Is there any other way? - March 3rd 2010, 09:24 PM

Oh. Could you try getting in touch with them again? Just a thought and may not help you get a proper job, but ring places up and ask if you can do work experience there for a while? You never know, if they like you then a job could come out of that. And it would give you something to do and would then look good later on in life.

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Re: Is there any other way? - March 3rd 2010, 09:28 PM

I've sent letters and cvs out to local nurseries. But jobs are so hard to find these days :/



   
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Re: Is there any other way? - March 4th 2010, 06:56 PM

Could you do it voluntary? Then it provides good experience which means you would be more likely to be paid/hired in the future.

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Re: Is there any other way? - March 4th 2010, 07:42 PM

I've had the suitable experience. It's just finding a job that will train me.



   
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Re: Is there any other way? - March 4th 2010, 07:51 PM

Okay. Well keep trying! I'm sure something will come up some time soon

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Re: Is there any other way? - March 5th 2010, 01:30 PM

I'd say go back to college because as you said, you love this field and chances are high you'll need the credentials. It's not guaruntee you'll get the job but it certainly increases chances, especially with any volunteering and paid job experience.

When you say childcare, do you mean baby-sitting or child day care because at least in North America I'm pretty sure you don't need any degrees but if it is something more than those, then you may need a degree in the area.
   
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Re: Is there any other way? - March 5th 2010, 06:33 PM

To work in a Day Nursery, you do need qualifications. Atleast here in the UK. You can be employed without qualifications, and they would train you on the job. But those chances are rare.

I'm not going to go back to college because I've tried it three times, all to leave within a few months. It's not for me.



   
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Re: Is there any other way? - March 6th 2010, 06:53 PM

I think you should keep looking for these opporunities, if you really feel you can't go back to college - which I understand. It isn't for everyone!

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