The special needs area of the child care sector involves looking after young children who require additional care. These children need the same love and care as other children along with extra attention for their special needs, which can include learning difficulties and mental and physical disabilities. Jobs within this sub sector can be demanding but extremely rewarding.
The positions that exist within special needs child care include working for private families as a nanny or au pair and the role of nursery nurse , play worker, respite carer or classroom assistant. The main employers within this sub sector include private households, state and private nurseries and schools.
A relevant qualification is advantageous when applying for job in child care and these include BTEC, CACHE and City and Guilds qualifications. An NVQ in child care is one of the most popular qualifications that candidates choose to take.
While such qualifications will help you when applying for more senior roles, there are also entry-level positions available that involve you completing training once in the workplace.
There are special needs child care jobs and recruitment agencies all across the UK and the pay can vary depending on the location, role and employment institution.