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20/04/2013 at 21:50
How did you get into your line of work? It jsut sounded like a cool job
21/04/2013 at 11:07
21/04/2013 at 11:35
I wanted to be a primary teacher but was too lazy to work at A levels and got onto an Early Childhood Studies course at uni with the view to going and doing a PGCE at the end. The course was rubbish and I didn't have the confidence to go for jobs so I just stayed working in pubs. When I had E I knew I wasn't going to go back and looked for a relevant job and eventually got a job in a nursery. Over time I moved from the bottom rung to being nursery manager. I felt I wasn't a good leader and began to hate the job so I decided to get out. Got the job a year earlier but with changes in the council they pulled the rug from under my feet. I applied again and got exactly the same interview questions. Was nervous to leave where I was because I was taking a pay cut (though turned out not to be too bad in the end). I now have so much less responsibility and worries, finish at a decent time to see my children for longer before it's bedtime. I was lucky to get a contract that was the same hour as my previous post so only work 30hrs over 4 days but I'm starting to feel ready to be full time.
Some of the other staff have come form nursery backgrounds with NNEB, BTEC qualifications, others are there through re-organisation so I work with an ex connections advisor who has no previous EYFS experience.
I love it so much, only been there since last June. I get to go to mum and baby groups every day, sometimes I get cuddles too. I also visit one of the local Traveller sites which is interesting (though not allowed to go for 2 weeks because of an incident that happened last weekend which deems it too dangerous for us to go). It can be quite scary when I get asked questions from parents because I'm almost scared incase I tell them something wrong but I'm getting better. Hitched/MD gives me lots of great info.
I work for Durham County Council and quite often jobs going in this line of work. The Senior Family Workers get paid more but do a similar job but get the more complex families to work with often with safeguarding issues.
Hope that helps.
21/04/2013 at 11:56
I'll be honest and say I really really want to do your job but when I looked into it they wanted HV to do it and then looked at the training to be a HV and you had to train as a nurse and then train as a HV and it seemed such a long route round.
21/04/2013 at 12:05
We work alongside HV's and support them with their caseload. Might be different areas require different qualifications. I know when I started working in the nursery (council run) the FW's were employed by the NHS but paid for by the council IYKWIM but now they are employed through council.
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