Creating your childcare CV doesn’t need to be hard, it just takes knowledge of the basics, plus a little creativity!
Potential employers will generally focus on the top half of your CV, therefore ensure that key information is in this area so it is immediately evident to the reader.
Personal Statement / Profile (5 – 10 lines long) Use this as a way to introduce yourself, provide an overview of your experience and your approach to childcare. This statement is an opportunity to sell yourself by expressing why you would suit the position, highlighting your relevant achievements or key area of experience.
Qualifications / Training (Most recent first)
Make sure to include:
Career History (Most recent first)
Include all relevant jobs starting from the most recent one. When detailing your position try to ‘stand out from the crowd’ – think beyond ‘caring for children 0-2 years and nursery duties’ mention what skills you have and demonstrated and any accomplishments. Make sure there are no gaps in your work history – if you took time off to travel, start a family or to study it is important to include it or be prepared to explain it. Include;
Interests / Hobbies
Not essential but do include especially if any are relevant to childcare.
Your references will be checked!
You will need to provide references from previous employers where possible i.e. families that have employed you as a nanny, nurseries or a similar childcare establishment. If you are looking for your first job give details of those who have witnessed you working with children, college assessor, families you babysit for, a placement you attended whilst training. Where possible it is good to use referees that have known you for longer than 2 years and who are not friends or family members.
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