The Academy of Social Work
Central Bedfordshire
The Academy of Social Work
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Welcome to The Academy of Social Work and Early Intervention (The Academy). 'Inspiring futures' for our learners and the children and families they support. Get in touch with us for more information about careers working with children, our courses, vacancies & apprenticeships.

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Qualifications for working with children

Virtually all jobs in childcare, teaching and children’s social care require appropriate training and qualifications. The Academy can provide you with advice and training whether you want to start working with children or develop in your current role. This includes volunteers and practitioners already employed in the public, private or voluntary sector.

We are committed to creating the best possible environment for people to practice and develop their careers. But don't just take our word for it. If you want the inside track on everything from caseloads to training, please read on to find out more.

Get in touch with us for more information about working with children and how getting qualified can develop your skills and increase your career prospects.

Find a link to the Central Bedfordshire Children's Trust here.

Visit The Apprenticeships Vacancy Matching Service here.

Areas of Work

What our learners say...

"My entire learning experience was positive, from the course setting, other students and Sophie's support. It's helped me to realise what I want to do."
"I have enjoyed the studying, research and learning something new. The ability to work at your own pace through e-learning is flexible enough to fit into different lifestyles."
"I have learnt so much! I have managed to go from a volunteer to pre-school leader in two years."
"I feel the course has helped me to reflect on what I do well and given me the tools and new skills to improve in other areas. The course was relevant to my current position."
"It was very helpful for my job and made look at the way I work and improve on things, it has given me ideas that I have put in to my setting. My assessor was very helpful and patient with me."
A successful free flow play session offers a rich play and learning experience for children, allowing them to progress at their own, individual pace.
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To work successfully in Children’s Social Care you need a combination of skills such as organisation, communication and resilience.
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Risky play activities can include but are not limited to, climbing, jumping, balancing and hanging, all of which hold an importance for staff and parents to be aware of safety, but not to get in the way of the vital form of play.
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