This framework is designed to develop knowledge and skills relating to the Children & Young People’s Workforce (i.e. those working with children aged 0-19, primarily within Early Learning & Childcare; Children’s Social Care; Residential Childcare). There are approximately 2.7 million people working with children and young people in England. As defined in Building Brighter Futures: next steps for the Children’s Workforce in April 2008, this includes volunteers and people who work with children and young people all the time, or who do so as part of jobs which also involve working with adults. The children and young people’s workforce makes up approximately 10% of the labour market in England and includes people working in all sectors of the economy. A large number are public sector employees, including in schools, colleges, local authorities and the NHS. Many work in the private sector – particularly in early years, but there are private providers in all areas of services to children and young people. And a growing part of the children and young people’s workforce is employed, or volunteers, in the third sector which is playing an increasing role in the delivery of all services to children and young people, particularly those for the most vulnerable children, young people and families.