Carer job description

Summary

A carer in the education sector provides personalised care to children across a broad spectrum of ages and abilities. The carer is responsible for ensuring that the child’s safety, health and nutrition and education are well maintained. They will help them to develop by working on their motor skills, self esteem, and physical skills by utilising experimentation and problem-solving
This role is vital to a child’s emotional and social development and usually the key duties involve planning and scheduling activities for the child, working with the parents to establish their educational needs, observing the child’s behaviour and reporting back to parents or guardians, and liaising with nannies and teachers to schedule learning or play sessions.
There is usually no requirement for a university degree; however, preference would be given to candidates with a bachelor’s degree in child development, education or a related field. Background checking is a requirement and the ability to be able to execute CPR is usually required.
The mean salary for this role is between £10,000 and £14,000.

Description

Carers are responsible for looking after people who need help due to disability, illness or frailty. They work with both young and old people meeting various needs in their day to day life. These workers help with shopping, making meals, laundry, dressing, cleaning, washing, and other duties. They may work at people´s homes or in local communities.

Carers usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Cooking meals.
• Dressing disable people.
• Cleaning house rooms.
• Administering medication.
• Providing emotional support.

Skills

• Being reliable and trustworthy.
• Having good stamina.
• Being patient and tactful.
• Having good knowledge about hygiene standards and basis health care.
• Being able to deal with people from different backgrounds.
• Having interpersonal abilities.
• Being able to solve different types of problems.
• Having manual dexterity.
• Having a desire to help people.
• Being a good listener.

Education

Applicants for Carer jobs need to have understanding of the law and a good knowledge of the social welfare system. Experience and skills can be obtained through voluntary jobs, because this area does not require specific academic qualifications. People working on this sector can have full time courses in order to obtain a National Vocational Qualification in Care and Management or other relevant degrees.

There are online courses offered by institutions such as City and Guilds. One of these courses is called Learning for Living and it is designed for carer and former carers in order to build on their skills.

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