If you’re seeking childcare worker jobs, also known as child support worker jobs a strong CV that highlights your skills, experience and qualifications gives you a greater chance of success. There is no single correct way to present a CV, so don’t worry – as long as it is clear and consistent.
Our recruiters in the care sector outline their top CV writing tips here:
The template below outlines a CV for a childcare worker, with some notes for you. Tailor the document to suit your own skill set and the job you’re aiming for.
Childcare CV template.
Contact details: Name, address, phone number, email.
Job title: Childcare Worker
Write a brief summary (a maximum of around 6 sentences) of things that make you ideal for this post, or why you want this job.
E.g.: I am a confident, knowledgeable worker, dedicated to creating a stimulating, encouraging, safe atmosphere for each child's individual needs. During my five years’ experience, I have developed strong skills in supporting young children, and am genuinely passionate about providing the best child care and play experiences. I have an excellent record of working successfully with families in different settings. I take pride in being able to handle difficult situations sympathetically but with professionalism.
Add details of the specific job role and highlight the skills that make you ideal:
- Extensive child care experience
- In-depth and up-to-date knowledge of relevant principles, practices and techniques
- Ability to prioritise effectively
- Strong childcare and play skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Proven experience of working successfully in difficult and varied circumstances
E.g. Immediate. If you need to give notice, let them know if this is one week or three months!
Start with your most recent job and work back in time. If you have recently graduated and are new to the sector, include details of placements. Provide details of:
- Job title / level
- Organisation / brief address
- Key tasks and achievements – these can be given as either bullet points or more of a narrative, depending on your preference.
July 2012 – present: Childcare Worker, SW Children’s Services, London
- Keeping records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, and medications administered.
- Instruct children in health and personal habits such as eating, resting, and toilet habits.
- Read to children, and teach them simple painting, drawing, handicrafts, and songs.
- Organising and participating in recreational activities.
- Assisting in preparing food, serving meals and refreshments to children, organising and storing toys and materials in activity areas, running in-house creches within businesses, sterilising bottles and preparing baby milk.
- Knowledge of counselling to vulnerable children.
I work in a centre with vulnerable children, some of whom are on the “at risk” register. The main part of my role involves ongoing support for the physical safety and emotional wellbeing of my clients, working closely with families and coordinating with external agencies as appropriate.
Add details of any voluntary work within your work history or under a separate heading
Jan 2004 – June 2005 Volunteer befriender
I spent 18 months volunteering as a befriender and independent visitor for children in care.
Include all your jobs, but if there are too many, stick with the most recent and most relevant. Also, explain any gaps in employment.
April 2007 – March 2008 - Pregnancy & bringing up my son
Travelling – I took a year out to travel around South America.
Training / Qualifications / Professional Memberships
List all relevant professional training and any qualifications or awards earned.
- NVQ Level 2 Childcare 2008
- Early Years Learning (accredited course, NetCare) 2010
- HCPC [Health & Care Professions Council] registration number: SW99999
Starting with the most recent and working back, give dates, name of college or school, and list any qualifications (e.g. GCSE)
Sept 1995 – July 2002 7 GCSEs including English and Maths (or list them, and grades)
Add anything relevant that helps to demonstrate how you meet the person specification or job role. E.g.
Babysitting for an agency.
Temping roles in customer service (examples of company names) where I was able to develop and use my interpersonal and communication skills.
Remember, always adapt your CV to suit each individual job you apply for. Select phrases from the job description or person specification to echo back. The facts remain the same (do not make things up!), but emphasise exactly how you meet the person specification or job description of each new job.
And finally – do proofread your CV!