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On this page, you will find a list of current childcare job vacancies in Portsmouth. Please check back for regular updates.

To advertise your vacancies here, please complete this form and email it to eydelivery@portsmouthcc.gov.uk 

You can find more jobs with Portsmouth City Council on the careers portal.

Room Leader Practitioner - Twinkle Cottage Day Nursery Ltd

Fratton, Portsmouth, PO1 5AJ
Twinkle Cottage Nursery website

We are an outstanding nursery providing high quality childcare to children aged 0-4years. We pride ourselves on having a committed and caring team of staff who support children's learning, development and well-being.

We are seeking a full-time Room Leader Practitioner with an NVQ 3 qualification and 2 years experience of being a Room Leader.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Miss Lorraine Allan on 023 9242 0234.

Minimum qualification(s) and experience required: NVQ 3 qualification and 2 years Room Leader experience

Full/part-time: full-time

Salary range: to be discussed

Closing date for applications: 28 February 2020

Applications must be submitted on an application form which can be obtained by contacting Miss Lorraine Allan:

  • Email: Lorraine.Allan@twinklenursery.co.uk
  • Phone: 023 9242 0234

    CVs will not be accepted.

    We are committed to safeguarding children and follow safe recruitment procedures. All appointments are subject to a minimum of two satisfactory references, an Enhanced DBS check and successful completion of an induction period.

1-1 SEN Support Workers - Twinkle Cottage Day Nursery Ltd

Fratton, Portsmouth, PO1 5AJ
Twinkle Cottage Nursery website

We are an outstanding nursery providing high quality childcare to children aged 0-4years. We pride ourselves on having a committed and caring team of staff who support children's learning, development and well-being.

We are seeking part-time 1-1 support workers for children that require SEN support. NV2/3 qualification is desirable, as well as experience of working with SEN support.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Miss Lorraine Allan on 023 9242 0234.

Minimum qualification(s) and experience required: NV2/3 qualification and SEN support work experience are desirable

Full/part-time: part-time (hours to be discussed)

Salary range: to be discussed

Closing date for applications: 28 February 2020

Applications must be submitted on an application form which can be obtained by contacting Miss Lorraine Allan:

  • Email: Lorraine.Allan@twinklenursery.co.uk
  • Phone: 023 9242 0234

    CVs will not be accepted.

    We are committed to safeguarding children and follow safe recruitment procedures. All appointments are subject to a minimum of two satisfactory references, an Enhanced DBS check and successful completion of an induction period.

Part-time Nursery Practitioner - Twinkle Cottage Day Nursery Ltd

Fratton, Portsmouth, PO1 5AJ
Twinkle Cottage Nursery website

We are an outstanding nursery providing high quality childcare to children aged 0-4 years. We pride ourselves on having a committed and caring team of staff who support children's learning, development and well-being.

We are seeking a part-time Nursery Practitioner with an NV2/3 qualification and a minimum of 2 years experience in a nursery setting. SEN experience is desirable.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Miss Lorraine Allan on 023 9242 0234.

Minimum qualification(s) and experience required: NV2/3 qualification and minimum 2 years nursery experience. SEN experience is desirable.

Full/part-time: part-time, 3 days per week

Salary range: to be discussed

Closing date for applications: 28 February 2020

Applications must be submitted on an application form which can be obtained by contacting Miss Lorraine Allan:

  • Email: Lorraine.Allan@twinklenursery.co.uk
  • Phone: 023 9242 0234

    CVs will not be accepted.

    We are committed to safeguarding children and follow safe recruitment procedures. All appointments are subject to a minimum of two satisfactory references, an Enhanced DBS check and successful completion of an induction period.

Nursery Practitioner - Twinkle Star Day Nursery Ltd

North End, Portsmouth, PO2 0PF
Twinkle Star Nursery website

We are an outstanding nursery providing high quality childcare to children aged 0-4 years. We pride ourselves on having a committed and caring team of staff who support children's learning, development and well-being.

We are seeking a full-time Nursery Practitioner with an NV2/3 qualification and a minimum of 2 years experience in a nursery setting.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Miss Lorraine Allan on 023 9242 0234.

Minimum qualification(s) and experience required: NV2/3 qualification and minimum 2 years nursery experience

Full/part-time: full-time

Salary range: to be discussed

Closing date for applications: 28 February 2020

Applications must be submitted on an application form which can be obtained by contacting Miss Lorraine Allan:

  • Email: Lorraine.Allan@twinklenursery.co.uk
  • Phone: 023 9242 0234

    CVs will not be accepted.

    We are committed to safeguarding children and follow safe recruitment procedures. All appointments are subject to a minimum of two satisfactory references, an Enhanced DBS check and successful completion of an induction period.

Play Assistant - BOSCAS Club

Isambard Brunel School, Wymering Road, North End, Portsmouth, PO2 7HX

The role of a Play Assistant is to supervise children, plan and carry out play activities, work as part of a team to provide varied activities, maintain safe, friendly and a clean environment for children and liaise with parents/carers. You will escort children to and from schools and also off site trips in the holidays.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Managers S. Hugo or P. Williams at boscasclub94@gmail.com

Minimum qualification(s) and experience required: experience and qualifications preferred to not essential. Playwork, childcare, first aid, safeguarding as minimum with training available.

Full/part-time: part-time (term time and in school holidays). Permanent/Trainee.

  • Term time: Monday-Friday, 7.30am-9am and 2.30pm-6pm
  • School holidays: Monday-Friday, 7.30am-6pm
  • All hours and days will vary according to child attendance levels. Hours and days of work are flexible.

    Salary range: minimum wage to start

Closing date for applications: 28 February 2020

Applications must be submitted on an application form which can be obtained by contacting Managers S. Hugo or P. Williams at boscasclub94@gmail.com . CVs will not be accepted.

We are committed to safeguarding children and follow safe recruitment procedures. All appointments are subject to a minimum of two satisfactory references, an Enhanced DBS check and successful completion of an induction period.

Part Time 1-2-1 SEN Support - Rainbow Corner Nursery School

Southsea, PO5 1PX
Rainbow Corner Nursery website

We are an outstanding nursery providing high quality childcare to children aged 0-8 years. We pride ourselves on having a committed and caring team of staff who support children's learning, development and well-being. We also received the Portsmouth Nursery of the Year award for 2018 and 2019, as voted for by Portsmouth residents.

We are seeking a fun, bubbly qualified practitioner to supervise, plan and lead an individual child’s development who has been identified in having a Special Educational Need. The appropriate post holder will be expected to provide a high standard of childcare for children aged between birth – 8 years within a stimulating and friendly environment, that is physically and emotionally secure and works in line with the Local Safeguarding Children Board and Department for Education’s guidance and policy in safeguarding children.

Main Purpose:

  • To work as part of a team of nursery practitioners with specific responsibilities relating to the child identified as needing one on one support attending the nursery.
  • To maintain, at all times, a high standard of professional conduct and a child centred approach to the care provided in accordance with: National Policies and Procedures as well as the Nurseries own Policies and Procedures, current legislation, the Early Years Foundation Stage, birth to three matters, registration requirements, Working Together to Safeguard Children, the Prevent Duty and other guidelines issued by Portsmouth City Council and Ofsted

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact either Emma Fowles (Nursery Manager), Lucy Whithead (Owner) or Clare Purdy (Deputy Manager) on 023 9282 4538.

Minimum qualification(s) and experience required: NVQ3 in Early Years Care and Education/Childcare, and experience of working and supporting a child/children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.

Full/part-time: part-time on a fixed term contract

Salary range: £9 per hour

Closing date for applications: 29 February 2020

Applications must be submitted on an application form which can be obtained by contacting Miss Emma Fowles (Nursery Manager):

  • Email: info@rainbowcorner.co.uk
  • Phone: 023 9282 4538

    CVs will not be accepted.

    We are committed to safeguarding children and follow safe recruitment procedures. All appointments are subject to a minimum of two satisfactory references, an Enhanced DBS check and successful completion of an induction period.

Full Time Level 3 Practitioner - Rainbow Corner Nursery School

Southsea, PO5 1PX
Rainbow Corner Nursery website

We are an outstanding nursery providing high quality childcare to children aged 0-8 years. We pride ourselves on having a committed and caring team of staff who support children's learning, development and well-being. We also received the Portsmouth Nursery of the Year award for 2018 and 2019, as voted for by Portsmouth residents.

We are seeking a fun, bubbly qualified nursery practitioner to support a small team in the running and organisation of a class. Providing a high standard of childcare for children aged between birth – 8 years within a stimulating and friendly environment, that is physically and emotionally secure and works in line with the Local Safeguarding Children Board and Department for Education’s guidance and policy in safeguarding children.

The post-holder will be a member of Rainbow Corner Nursery Schools staff team.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact either Emma Fowles (Nursery Manager), Lucy Whithead (Owner) or Clare Purdy (Deputy Manager) on 023 9282 4538.

Minimum qualification(s) and experience required: NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education/Childcare, and at least 2 years experience of working in a nursery or preschool setting.

Full/part-time: full-time

Salary range: £7.70-£9.00 per hour, depending on experience

Closing date for applications: 29 February 2020

Applications must be submitted on an application form which can be obtained by contacting Miss Emma Fowles (Nursery Manager):

  • Email: info@rainbowcorner.co.uk
  • Phone: 023 9282 4538

    CVs will not be accepted.

    We are committed to safeguarding children and follow safe recruitment procedures. All appointments are subject to a minimum of two satisfactory references, an Enhanced DBS check and successful completion of an induction period.

Nursery Manager - YMCA Fairthorne Group

Whale Island, Portsmouth, PO2 8ER
YMCA Fairthorne Group website

We are seeking an inspirational, experienced and enthusiastic Nursery Manager to lead our friendly, busy team at our YMCA Nursery on Whale Island, at the top of Portsmouth Harbour. Located in the grounds of HMS Excellent naval base, this unique setting provides a never-ending array of experiences. You can expect to be exploring shoreline nature trails one day; and watching helicopters land, or listening to the Royal Marines Band, the next!

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Tom Richards (Recruitment Coordinator) by emailing eyrecruitment@ymca-fg.org or calling 02382145479.

Minimum qualification(s) and experience required: You must hold a minimum of Level 5 Early Years qualification, but ideally Level 6 Early Years Teacher Status or willingness to work towards such qualification and a minimum 3 years of leadership experience in an early years setting.

Salary range: £27,00-£32,500 depending on qualifications and experience

Closing date for applications: 10 March 2020

Applications must be submitted on an application form which can be obtained on the YMCA Childcare vacancies page. CVs will be accepted.

We are committed to safeguarding children and follow safe recruitment procedures. All appointments are subject to a minimum of two satisfactory references, an Enhanced DBS check and successful completion of an induction period.

Preschool duties - Little Peoples Nursery

174 Havant Rd, Portsmouth PO6 2EH
Little Peoples Nursery website

We are an outstanding nursery providing high quality childcare to children aged 0-4years. We pride ourselves on having a committed and caring team of staff who support children's learning,development and well-being.

We are seeking a qualified member of staff to work in our preschool room. Duties may also include working with the under 3’s.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Louise Singleton (Nursery Manager) or Kirsty Kelleher (Nursery Deputy).

Minimum qualification and experience required: NVQ or equivalent

Full/part-time: Full time 40 hour week

Salary range: £12,000 to £17,000 (depending on age)

Closing date for applications: n/a

Applications must be submitted on an application form which can be obtained by contacting Louise or Kirsty. CVs will not be accepted.


We are committed to safeguarding children and follow safe recruitment procedures. All appointments are subject to a minimum of two satisfactory references, an Enhanced DBS check and successful completion of an induction period.

Level 3 nursery staff - Wind in the Willows nursery

Hester Road, Portsmouth PO4 8HB
Wind in the Willows nursery website

Our last Ofsted report was judged outstanding. We are a full day nursery providing high quality childcare in a new provision to children aged 0-4years. We pride ourselves on having a committed and caring team of staff who support children's learning, development and well-being.

We are seeking Level 3 nursery staff to join their existing teams within the baby room and the 2 year room.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Karen Potter (Owner Director) on 023 9282 2956.

Minimum qualifications: Level 3 Childcare qualification preferred, although we would consider those training on Level 2 with a view to fulfilling their Level 3 qualification. All training is fully supported.

Full/part time: Full time positions although part time job share would be considered.

Salary range: Competitive and favourable rates of pay.

Applications must be submitted on an application form which can be obtained by contacting Karen Potter, Owner/Director. CVs will not be accepted.

  • Email: info@windinthewillowspreschool.co.uk
  • Phone: 023 9282 2956

    We are committed to safeguarding children and follow safe recruitment procedures. All appointments are subject to a minimum of two satisfactory references, an Enhanced DBS check and successful completion of an induction period.