Because children are important, high quality early education and childcare help children to get the best start in life, promoting all-round development in the crucial formative years. Quality care, education and play make a difference - they enable children to develop social and learning skills that will help them throughout their lives.

Childcare providers work with parents and carers to make sure that the setting gives children the best care possible. That means providing a safe and stimulating environment for the children doing a variety of creative activities, taking them out on trips and generally making sure they are having fun whilst they are learning.

There are all kinds of settings from childminders to day nurseries. They are run by private businesses, voluntary and community groups, schools, colleges and other employers. Opening times can be different in each setting; some are open all year, except weekends and bank holidays, while others are open only during school term times. And some will open early in the morning (7am or earlier) and can stay open until 7pm or later.

Thinking of becoming a childminder?

Come to our next childminder recruitment event on Wednesday 25 April from 6.30pm - 8.30pm at Landport Family Hub, 221 Arundel Street, Portsmouth, PO1 1NF. For further information and to book a place, please visit the Services Network event page.

Childcare vacancies

Binsteed Childcare Serviced Ltd - Full-Time Baby Room Leader

Applicant needs to be enthusiastic, caring and flexible, and have regard for a high quality of care. Level 2 childcare and education or equivalent. Minimum 2 years experience with the 0-2 year age group

Please email or call 023 9242 1313.

Closing date for applications is 15 March 2018


Little Stars Pre-school

Casual Team Members

Required to cover hours. We are open term-time only, 9.00am-3.00pm.

Applicants should be Level 2 or Level 3 Qualified in Early Years Childcare.

The rate of pay to be discussed depending on experience and qualifications.

Please contact Little Stars Pre-School on 07956 162575 or e-mail

Teddy Bears Nursery School - Nursery Practitioner

To work in a well-established nursery amongst an excellent team of staff. Must have NVQ Level 3 or above or equivalent in children's care, learning and development.

Will be an enthusiastic key person to join our team to provide stimulating and enjoyable activities, observations and planning activities for children according to EYFS. Must be passionate about working with young children. Will also have good team skills, good communication skills, able to maintain children's profiles and the ability to provide a safe stimulating educational care.

Salary will be according to experience. Job offer is subject to references and cleared DBS check. Please call Samantha Parker in the first instance on 023 9238 5005.

To advertise your vacancies here, please complete this form and email it to

First steps to becoming a childminder

First of all you need to attend a childminder recruitment event. This free, two-hour briefing session is run by our quality and sufficiency team and will give you an insight into childminding and the process of becoming a childminder. The information included will: 

  • help you consider the challenges and rewards of childminding
  • give you an understanding of the role of the Local Authority
  • take you through the Ofsted Registration Process
  • support you to gain an understanding of The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework and Guidance Documents 


Childminder recruitment events run once a term at the Landport Family Hub, 221 Arundel Street, Portsmouth, PO1 1NF from 6.30pm-8.30pm 

  • Wednesday 17 January 2018
  • Wednesday 25 April 2018


Please call 023 9268 8830 or email for further details, or to tell us you'd like to attend - alternatively, simply turn up at a session.

We also deliver the Early Support Development Programme. Training courses and home visits can be purchased through the membership package or 'pay as you use' option. You'll be given more information about this at the childminder recruitment event.

Registering as a childminder

Childminders must be registered with Ofsted. Ofsted provides the quality standards which childminders and other childcare providers must follow.

You must complete a pre-registration course before you submit your registration application to Ofsted. We promote a course provided by The Professional Association for Childcarers and Early Years (PACEY) called Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare (HBCA).

The course is a Level 3 Award, and consists of 50 guided learning hours. You'll have up to six months to complete it.

It is all based online but the assessor can be messaged with any queries you have along the way. The course includes various tasks that have guidance notes and links to useful websites. The course currently costs £219.60, and is made up of two units: 

  • Unit one provides learners with the knowledge required to work with children in a home-based childcare setting
  • Unit two prepares learners to set up a home-based childcare business


When you sign up to the course you'll get six months PACEY learner membership with access to: 

  • online membership area
  • factsheets and practice guides
  • sample policies and procedures
  • how-to videos
  • access to a community of 30,000 childcare professionals via PACEY local forums

What costs are involved in being a childminder?

We've put together an information sheet Setting up your childminding business to give you an idea of the main steps to becoming a childminder.

These costs are designed as a guide and were correct at the time of writing. You should check the information for yourself and ensure that you have all of the information relevant to your own circumstances.

First steps to opening a nursery

Identifying demand

Before committing to a huge financial and personal commitment, it's important you understand whether or not there is a market for your idea. It's vital that you understand what you want to offer families and children, how much it will cost to set-up and run, what the legal requirements are and how much people would be prepared to pay for your service.

First steps to becoming a childcare provider

For some in-depth support and advice we recommend that you have a 'pre-registration support visit' which is run by our childcare development team. This is up to 5 hours per provider and can be adapted to meet your individual business needs. We will request that the visit involves a review and input into your business planning. Providers will be offered some basic templates to support business planning and practice delivery. Access to a greater number of resources is available if you purchase a subscription package to the 'Early Support Development Programme'. 

Finding the right premises

Finding suitable premises can be difficult when starting your own childcare business. For further information regarding commercial buildings contact one of the commercial property agents in the city.

You should review local planning requirements before making any commitment to premises. You can find out more on our page about pre-application planning advice

Applying to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

All applicants and any other individuals connected with the application must complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check online to ensure that they are suitable to work with children. They are also required to join the DBS update service. Ofsted's DBS checks are processed by Capita - Ofsted's website provides guidance on how to apply for a check and assists with any related questions. 

Registering as a nursery

To set up a new nursery or pre-school you will need to register with Ofsted before you can look after children from birth to eight years of age.

There are two registers:

  • The Early Years Register - for providers caring for children aged from birth to 31 August following their fifth birthday; providers on this register must meet the 'Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage'.
  • The Childcare Register, which has two parts:
  • Part A: Compulsory - for providers caring for children from the 1 September after the child's fifth birthday up until their eighth birthday.
  • Part B: Voluntary - for providers caring for children aged eight and over, and other providers who are exempt from compulsory registration, such as nannies.

The registration requirements and the processes will differ depending on the type of childcare provided and the ages of the children looked after.  The cost of registering your childcare business with Ofsted will also depend on which register you join. Further information can be found on Ofsted's website.

All childcare providers who are registered on the Early Years Register must deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). For further information please contact

Working with children as a volunteer

We want to fully involve parents and the local community with all early support services in the city.

You will be supported in our volunteer programme to find the right volunteering opportunity for you, and training and development will support you as you become more confident. More information is available in the 'Careers with children' document below.

The children’s centres each have a Parent Forum which meets regularly to talk about anything to do with the centre or the services it provides. If you are a parent and want to know more, please get in touch with your local centre.

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