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.


  • Attends meetings with colleagues and outside agencies.
  • Makes referrals to other agencies such as social services and educational psychologists.
  • Writes up case notes, prepares reports, keeps up-to-date records on clients.
  • Advises clients and their families on available resources.
  • Works with social worker to identify, plan and deliver appropriate support to families facing a variety of difficulties.
  • Deals with issues relating to poor attendance at school.

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 14% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£23,943 Average wage

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for child or early years officer is £23,943

925 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 925. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for child or early years officer roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £23,943 per year. That is about £1,995 per month or £12.28 per hour. New workers generally start on £12,614, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £32,943

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 925 people are employed in the region.

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