Supplementary memorandum submitted by
Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC)
|Residential care staff||£11.17 per hour
|CAFCASSfamily court advisers||£28,137 to £33,765
|Senior social worker / team leader||£37,347
|Children & families social workers
|Outreach family support workers||£21,722
|Portage workers||£20,000 approx.
|Foster carers||See table below
Foster care rates payable per week per child for 2007/08
are as follows:
|Base rate||South East
Early years & childcare
|Early years (average hourly pay)
but no nursery
|EY or foundation stage co-ordinators||£19.60
|Qualified EY teachers||£17.90
|Other paid early years support staff||£8.10
|Childcare (average hourly pay)||
|Full day care in|
|Other paid staff||£5.60
|Outer London &|
|Live in nannies||£24,545
In 2006, the mean income from fees was around £8,400
a year (£165 a week), an increase from 2005 (£7,600
a year or £150 a week). The mean net income (after tax) from
childminding was £6,500.
The Children's, Young People's and Families' Social Care
Workforce Survey 2006 (LAWIG 2007) shows salary levels for
managers of children's homes with up to 15 places ranging between
£32,279 and £38,381 with a mean salary level of £35,183.
The mean salary level for managers has increased by 26.6% since
Salary levels for deputies in children's homes with up to
15 places range between £26,358 and £30,843, with a
mean salary level of £28,879 per year up 21% since 2001.
The Children's, Young People's and Families' Social Care
Workforce Survey 2006 (LAWIG 2007) shows that average (mean)
annual maximum salaries for posts ranged from £37,347 for
social work team leaders and £35,183 for registered managers
(in homes up to 15 places), £30,983 for field social workers
and £30,758 for occupational therapists and respectively,
£28,879 for deputy registered managers, to £21,722 for
family support workers and £21,616 for social work assistants.
Family support workers
Salary information is a guide only and there may be local
agreements in place.
starting salary for family support workers is
approximately £16,000 per annum;
the salary scale for experienced family support
workers is between £19,000 and £25,000 per annum; and
seniority payments for workers assuming additional
management responsibilities can see salaries increased to up to
£28,000 per annum.
Residential childcare workers
As children's/family centres are being established and developed,
increasing attention is being given to apparent anomalies in pay
between professional with different career histories.
Residential social workers (RSW) in children's homes are
usually paid on annual salary scales. There are no national rates
and local agreements will apply.
Local authority employed RSWs are paid between £19,300-£27,800
depending on seniority, qualifications and experience.
Salaries in the private sector may be lower and some recruitment
sites quote starting salaries of £17,000 a year.
Agency staff and care assistants (who often work part time,
coming in to help at key times of day such as before or after
school, meal times or bed times) may be paid on hourly rates.
Local authority hourly rates range from £10.48 to £12.10
per hour, with a mean hourly rate of £11.17.
The national minimum allowance for foster carers was launched
in July 2006 and sets the basic core allowance that foster carers
receive to cover the costs involved in looking after any fostered
The level of allowance that a foster carer will receive will
depend on a number of factors, including the specific needs of
an individual child. The introduction of the national minimum
allowance provides a safeguard for foster carers guaranteeing
a minimum level of allowance.
The national minimum allowance applies to all foster carers
approved by a fostering service registered in England who are
caring for a looked after child. This includes approved foster
carers who are friends or family of the child and short break
or respite carers.
The rates will be reviewed annually in line with inflation
and revised rates published by the Department for Children, Schools
and Families (DCSF) periodically.
From April 2007, it has become necessary for all fostering
services to publicise their allowance rates, clearly separated
from fees (the "reward" element of fostering payments).
Progress towards meeting the minimum rate will be monitored through
Foster carers are exempt from tax on the first £10,000
per year of their fostering income, anything over this figure,
foster carers could be eligible for tax relief.
All early years in day nurseries
The DCSF 2006 Childcare and Early Years Providers Survey
of full day care providers shows that the average hourly rate
for all staff is £6.80. Senior managers on average receive
£9.30 per hour, supervisors receive £7, and other childcare
staff receive £5.60 per hour.
Average pay rates are higher in London and local authority
run providers, and for better qualified employees.
The figures are considerably lower than the UK average. In 2006,
the average hourly wage (for all staff) was £11.12 and £10.24
The report on nursery schools from the 2006 Childcare and
Early Years Providers Survey (DCSF 2007) shows that the average
hourly rate for all staff is £13.20. Early years or foundation
stage co-ordinators on average receive £19.60 per hour, qualified
early years teachers receive £17.90, nursery nurses receive
£9.70 per hour, and other childcare staff earn £8.10
Some rates of pay for some staff were higher than the UK
average which was £11.12 per hour and £10.24 per hour
for females, in 2006.
Pre-school (play groups)
The DCSF 2006 survey report of sessional providers is the
main source of information on pre-school settings and highlights
the average hourly rate for all staff is £6.60;
senior managers on average receive £8 per
hour, supervisors get £6.80, and other childcare staff get
£5.80 per hour;
average pay rates are higher in London, and for
better qualified employees; and
the figures are considerably lower than the UK
average hourly wage in 2006 which was £11.12 and £10.24
The DCSF 2006 survey of children's centres reported that
the average hourly rate for all staff working within the full
day care provision was £9.30. Senior managers on average
received £14 per hour, supervisors received £9.80, and
other childcare staff received £7 per hour.
Average pay rates were higher in London and local authority
run providers, and for better qualified employees. However, the
average hourly rate was lower than the UK average which in 2006
was £11.12 per hour for all staff and £10.24 per hour
All early years workers in nurseries in primary schools
The DCSF 2006 survey report of primary schools with reception
classes and a nursery stated that when asked to give hourly pay
rates for the staff at their setting there was a high level of
non-response "...so the figures should be treated with extreme
The survey shows, based on the information received, that
the average hourly rate for all staff is £12.50. Early-years
or foundation stage coordinators on average receive £18.20
per hour, qualified early-years teachers get £15.60, nursery
nurses get £9.50 per hour, and other childcare staff get
£7.90 per hour. Some rates of pay for some staff were higher
than the UK average in 2006 which was £11.12 per hour and
£10.24 per hour for females.
Childminders are responsible for negotiating their own fees.
In 2006 the mean amount that childminders charged parents was
£3.20 per hour, substantially higher than the 2005 mean of
£2.80 per hour.
The National Childminding Association (NCMA) estimates that the
typical fee is between £2.50 and £4.00 per hour.
Fees ranged from a mean of £2.80 in the West Midlands
to £3.90 in London. Two fifths (38%) varied their fees from
child to child, most commonly based on the number of siblings
attending (77%). Nationally, a fifth (21%) charged registration
fees, rising to a third (34%) of childminders in London, compared
with £5,500 in 2005, an 18% increase. These figures should
be treated with caution due to the high proportion of childminders
that could not, or would not, provide an answer.
The nature of the work of nannies (in domestic premises)
makes it very difficult to collect data. No consistent sources
were found that covered all nannies.
2006 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (First release) Back