How to become a school houseparent
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You could take a relevant college course that might help you when applying for jobs. For example:
- Level 2 Award in First Aid Essentials
- Level 2 Award in Safeguarding Children and Young People
- Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce
You'll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You could start as a trainee houseparent or member of the wider pastoral care team in a school and work your way up. For example, by taking on-the-job training through the Boarding Schools' Association.
You could apply directly for jobs as a school houseparent. Employers will be interested in your personality and character.
You'll usually need experience of working with young people. Employers may also ask for relevant training and qualifications, including GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths, and a first aid certificate.
Some employers look for people with experience in roles like:
- nursery assistant, teaching assistant or nanny
- education welfare officer or nurse
- young people's counsellor or youth worker
- mentor or behaviour support assistant
You can learn more about about working in boarding schools from the Boarding Schools' Association.