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Working in Childcare in Southend

Whether you're thinking about a career working with children, are already working with children or looking for a change of career, we can support with information and guidance to help you.

Becoming a Childcare Practitioner

Becoming an Early Years Practitioner

Early Years practitioners look after young children in a setting. This includes:

  • Day Nursery’s
  • Pre-school’s
  • Children’s Centres
  • Independent Schools
  • Schools with Nurseries
  • Wrap around care provision.


If you are passionate about providing the best outcomes for children, this could be the ideal career choice for you.


You will need the following abilities:
• A knowledge and understanding of how children learn and develop
• to provide quality care that meets the needs of families
• to provide children with a nurturing and inspirational environment
• to support the children’s individual growth and development
• a commitment to professional development by attending on-going training
• to work in partnership with parents/carers and other professional agencies
• to become part of the childcare community in Southend

What you will need to become a childcare practitioner:
• Full and recognised level 2 or above childcare qualification.
• Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Completed with a college or employer.
• Once qualified a Full Paediatric First Aid or Emergency Paediatric First Aid must be completed. This needs to be within 3 months of starting work. This will enable you to be included in staff:child ratios.

Links:
Inspection Framework
EYFS

Becoming a Childminder

Childminders look after children of all ages in their own home.  If you love working with children, it could be the ideal career for you.

Becoming a childminder will allow you to:

  • run your own business from home choosing the hours you work and the services you provide
  • fit your business around your lifestyle
  • provide children with a happy and inspirational environment
  • support the children that you care for to grow and develop
  • provide quality care that meets the needs of families
  • become part of the childcare community in Southend

 

 You will need the following qualities:

  • an understanding of, or a desire to learn, how children learn and develop
  • commitment to professional development by attending on-going training
  • ability to work in partnership with parents/carers and other professional agencies
  • ability to run your own business by keeping good records to ensure its viability

Find out more about becoming a childminder as well as tips from those already running a successful childminding business

Find out the costs involved in registering

Check out this short video about childminding

Are you thinking about becoming a childminder in Southend?

Come to one of our free sessions.  The session will help you decide if childminding is right for you.

To book a session or if you have any questions contact earlyyears@southend.gov.uk

Useful links:

How do I register as an Early Years Provider

What happens in an early years inspection

Register with Ofsted – what to expect from the registration visit

 

Childcare Training

Job Vacancies

Search job vacancies with childcare providers in Southend

You can also look for local job vacancies:

  • in Local Newspapers
  • through the Job Centre
  • recruitment websites
  • recruitment agencies
 Last updated: 03 Sep 2021

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