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This section of the site provides information about all manner of resources available to you in starting and running a business that works with children.

There is advice on how to market your childcare service, the best methods and things to take into consideration when recruiting new staff, and advice on how to make your business succeed.

Childminder vacancies

If you are an Ofsted-registered childminder, and you are already in our directory, you can update your Southampton Information Directory record. If you do not have an account, you will need to register first.  If you have any difficulties in accessing your directory record please email the FIS team at

If you've given permission for your details to be shown online, this will aid parents searching for childcare to find your vacancies.

Ofsted Registration Exemption Form

Most childcare providers caring for children aged under 8 must register with Ofsted unless the law says that they are not required to do so. You only need to complete this form if your provision meets the criteria in number 16 in the ‘registration not required’ childcare factsheet,

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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided in this directory, we do not accept any responsibility or liability for any errors that have occurred. It is recommended that you always check with providers that their service or organisation meets your requirements. We offer an impartial service and we cannot recommend or endorse any providers listed.

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