Eligible working families whose children will be aged between 9 and 23 months old on 31 August can now apply to receive 15 hours childcare starting from September 2024.

Find out more information on the Childcare Choices website

Early Years



Recruiting the right member of staff can be challenging. You can find some useful information on the ACAS website:

Recruiting staff (acas.org.uk)

We have a range of sample documents and vacancy descriptions available, please ask your Key Contact for more information.

Safer Recruitment

It is crucial to ensure that early years providers are creating a culture of safe recruitment that includes the implementation of a recruitment procedure that will help to eliminate or identify people who might pose a safeguarding or welfare threat. With the launch of the new common inspection framework and its accompanying handbook, Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Ofsted must evaluate how well early years settings are fulfilling their statutory safeguarding obligations and keeping children safe.

NSPCC Safer Recruitment

An employer’s guide to acceptable right to work documents

This guide explains the document checks that should be carried out to find out if someone has the right to work in the UK and to carry out the type of work employers are offering. It provides:

  • Images of documents employers could be given 
  • Information on the right to work document checks
  • Information on acceptable documents for proving the right to work

Check to see if someone has the right to work in the United Kingdom

How to advertise a vacancy

Simply complete an Early Years job vacancy form that is relevant to the vacancy you have, and then email it to the Early years Service. If there are any amendments or the position is filled before the closing date please do let us know. Please note that your vacancy will automatically be removed from the list on the closing date, you will need to contact us if you wish to extend your vacancy beyond the closing date.

Disclosure and Barring Service

The DBS website contains all the information a provider or an employee will need with regards to DBSs. All applications are now submitted online, through umbrella companies. All these companies can be applied to for a DBS and have been approved by the Home Office. A DBS check as no official expiry date, when checking a DBS the information will be accurate as the date the DBS was applied from. Employers can implement other ongoing suitability checks and decide when a new DBS is needed. Employers should only arrange a DBS check on a successful job applicant. You can withdraw a job offer if the results show anything that would make the applicant unsuitable.

Find a company to perform a DBS

Track a DBS application

Update Service

The Update Service is a service that reduces the need to apply for multiple DBSs when you move from one job to another in the same workforce (there are two workforces "Child Workforce" and "Adult Workforce") or when a re-check is required. In order to add the update service to a standard or enhanced DBS, the holder must apply for the update service within 30 days of the DBS certificate being issued. If you are in the process of getting a standard or enhanced DBS then you must submit your online application within 28 days. By signing up to the Update Service users will be able to:

  • Keep their DBS certificates up to date- annual renewal.
  • Employers to check a DBS certificate
  • Certificate becomes portable (employees can take their certificate from one job to the next)

Sign up to the Update Service

Login to the Update service portal

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