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What’s it really like?

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What’s it really like?

Case studiesRead interviews of people who already work in the sector

If you want to find out what a job is really like, there is no better way than to listen to people who actually do it.  

They can give you a real insight into what it’s like to work with children and by passing on their experiences they can give you an even better idea of whether it’s right for you. So please take time to read these accounts of life as a childcare worker.

For convenience we have separated the interviews into the six career routes:

 Day nurseries

 Case studies to follow

 Pre-school playgroups

 Caroline Matthews – playgroup manager
 Sarah Rowlands – playgroup worker

 Registered childminders

 Sandra Griffiths – childminder

 Out of school clubs

 Jo Ashurst – out of school club manager

 Classroom assistants

 Catherine Cooper – classroom assistant


 Stephen Cable – play officer

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