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Care home manager

Alternative titles for this job include

Care home managers lead and run residential homes for adults or children.

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter


£55,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become

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How to become Care home manager

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in health and social care management.

With your degree you can apply for graduate schemes.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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You may be able to do a higher apprenticeship in adult care or children, young people and families manager.

You could then find work and train more on the job.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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If you work in social care, you can apply to join a manager course.

We recommend you start the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services within 3 months of starting your job. You'll need to complete it within 2 to 3 years.

You'll choose a pathway relating to either adults or children and young people.

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Further information

You can get more advice about working as a care home manager from Think Care Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As an adult care home manager you may:

  • provide information, advice and support to residents, families and staff
  • help residents access local services
  • monitor business performance and quality of care
  • agree contracts, budgeting and fundraising
  • develop policies and keep private information confidential

As a children's home manager you may:

  • look after the children in your care
  • make sure that wellbeing standards are met
  • help children access local education and health services
  • take part in care planning, statutory case reviews and conferences
  • respond to child protection concerns and complaints

Working environment

You could work at an adult care home or at a children's care home.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could:

  • manage several care homes for a large company or charity
  • freelance as a consultant or a care home inspector
  • teach in further education, such as a college

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Care home manager right now.

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Courses In England

Higher Leadership for Health and Social Care Apprenticeship

  • Start date: 04 September 2024
  • Location: Birmingham

Leadership for Health and Social Care and Young People's Service Level 5 Diploma CACHE

  • Start date: 02 September 2024
  • Location: Barnsley

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