£13,520 Average salary at age 20
£28,080 Average Salary
33 Average hours per week


Child and early years officers work with babies and with children up to 14 years of age (or 16 for those with special needs), providing support, help and advice to individuals or within a family context.

Main Tasks

  • Deals with issues relating to poor attendance at school;
  • Works with social worker to identify, plan and deliver appropriate support to families facing a variety of difficulties;
  • Advises clients and their families on available resources;
  • Writes up case notes, prepares reports, keeps up-to-date records on clients;
  • Makes referrals to other agencies such as social services and educational psychologists;
  • Attends meetings with colleagues and outside agencies.


There are no formal qualification requirements for entry although many employers will expect those appointed to have A-levels and to be working towards a relevant diploma or degree, together with work experience in a relevant field. For some roles workers must be registered with the appropriate statutory body. Some jobs are regulated and require job holders to satisfy the criteria for registration (including holding appropriate qualifications). Background checks including a CRB check are mandatory.

What Child and early years officers studied in higher education

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What Child and early years officers studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L4) Social policy2
(L7) Human & social geography1
(G1) Mathematics1
(L3) Sociology5
(C8) Psychology12
(X9) Others in education1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(Q3) English studies3
(L2) Politics1
(B7) Nursing2
(R4) Spanish studies1
(W4) Drama2
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine3
(N1) Business studies1
(X3) Academic studies in education26
(L5) Social work21
(X1) Training teachers5
(C6) Sport & exercise science4
(V1) History by period2

UK Prospects

45800 Workforce Size
4.00% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
4191 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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