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Working in childcare

There’s never been a better time to work in childcare. It’s a fast growing sector and there's an increasing demand for staff at all levels. The development of high quality childcare and early education services is fundamental to the Sure Start agenda and the Children and families bill.

There are many different roles in the childcare sector with opportunities for everyone to start a career, whether you want to work full-time, part-time or initially to volunteer.

If you're interested in management, you could end up being your own boss, running your own nursery, with responsibility for staff, budgets and building effective relationships with parents.

Contact the Families Information Service on 01925 443322 for more information.

Becoming a registered childminder

A childminder is someone who is registered to look after children for payment in the childminder's own home, for more than two hours per day.

To be registered as a childminder for children aged under eight years old you must:

  • Meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • Complete the local authority childminding training courses
  • Have an enhanced criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and a health check 
  • Have a sufficient grasp of English to ensure the wellbeing of children  
  • Be visited by an Ofsted inspector to ensure suitability of you and your home

To begin the registration process you will need to attend a childminding pre-registration briefing session where you will find out more about becoming a childminder and how to apply for registration with Ofsted. 

Training and support for childminders

The childcare team in Warrington aim to ensure that all childcare providers have access to the necessary support, training and guidance required to meet the standards outlined within the Early Years Foundation Stage and Ofsted frameworks. 

We would like to clarify the levels of support on offer to childminders.

Please see below details of the targeted pathways of support on offer.

New opportunities for childcare careers

The Free Early Years Entitlement (FEYE) is set to be extended to more eligible two year olds.  As a result in Warrington there is a demand for more passionate, caring and enthusiastic childcare professionals.

Please contact Bridget Stabbins or Sandra Chorlton by calling the Families Information Service on 01925 443322 to discuss your options and to apply for your free place on a qualification pathway to working in this rewarding sector.

Vetting childcare staff

All people registered with Ofsted as providers of childcare must undergo rigorous checks to ensure their suitability. Once registered it is then the responsibility of the childcare provider to ensure all staff, volunteers, students etc. are suitable to work with children in the setting. It is also the responsibility of the provider to ensure that children are kept safe when visitors, contractors, and other personnel are on the premises. 

Childcare staff, volunteers etc. whom are left alone with a child at anytime must have a Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure; details of which can be obtained from the Home office website.

Support for childcare practitioners

The Information and Childcare team provides a point of contact for all childcare practitioners/managers seeking information and advice. We provide a wide range of support including:

  • Geographical support though the Early Years Quality Support Officers
  • Advice and guidance on meeting the Ofsted standards for registration and inspection
  • General information and advice on all aspects of childcare provision, including visits to the setting if required
  • Guidance on current legislation, guidelines and good practice, including developing quality provision and delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage framework
  • Supporting inclusion for children and young people with additional needs with Support around the SEN pathway
  • Invitation to attend local childcare provider network and cluster meetings 
  • Business support and advice around sustainability and set up (pack for new providers)
  • Information and guidance on the administration of the free early years entitlement
  • Advice on safe recruitment practice and training opportunities for the childcare workforce
  • An ongoing professional development programme for all childcare workers and early education practitioners, which reflects current training requirements. 
  • E- Bulletins on changes within the industry, keeping settings informed.

We produce a monthly e-newsletter which is distributed by email to childcare providers, parents/carers and partners. The newsletter covers current topics, issues, local events, news and much more and can be found here.

Further information