Child and early years officers


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


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.


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.

Typical 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.

Common job titles

Worker, development, outreach (children's services)
Officer, enquiry, school
Officer, liaison, family (educational establishments)
Worker, portage (educational establishments)
Manager, support, behaviour
Officer, support, behaviour
Practitioner, parenting (NHS)
Adviser, support, parent
Officer, care, child, residential
Visitor, home, portage
Officer, liaison, school
Officer, care, child
Mentor, learning
Officer, support, pupil
Supervisor, contact (local government)
Officer, welfare, education
Officer, attendance, school
Mentor, behaviour
Officer, access, education (local government)
Officer, access (local government:
Visitor, welfare
Officer, schools
Officer, support, child
Manager, behaviour
Officer, protection, child

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.