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Opening Communications Toolkit

This toolkit provides welcome information in various languages that you can use with parents in your setting. It also has key words translated in to various languages and sample letters you can use. Choose the language you need from those listed below, or download the…

Play in group settings

This page provides information about general resources that you might find useful to have in your childcare setting when caring for children or young people. Basic Play Equipment When setting up a childcare provision it is important to have an idea of the core equipment…

Working in a pre-school

Traditionally pre-schools work with children in the 2-5 year age range during term time only (approximately 33-40 weeks per year). Sessions are usually held in the morning or afternoon for approximately 3 hours. Over the past few years this has slowly changed and now many pre-schools are…

Criminal Record (DBS) Checks for Childminders and Childcare Workers

Guidance from Ofsted has been issued regarding how to get a DBS check if you want to look after children for a living: who needs a check, what it costs and how long it takes.  

Working in a school

You do not need to be a qualified teacher to work in a school environment as there are opportunities for teaching assistants, higher level teaching assistants, learning support assistants and special needs assistants in many of the schools in Southampton. What do I do next?…

Working in breakfast, after school or holiday clubs

If you are interested in working with children aged usually from 4 to 14 years or even older, then this may be the right area of work for you. It is usually referred to as Playwork and the practitioners as playworkers or playleaders.

Working in a nursery

Nurseries usually provide full day care for babies and children up to the age of 5.  Some nurseries may also provide holiday or after school care for children aged 5-8 years.  Practitioners work with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers providing care and education in a play…

Working in early years, childcare or playwork - Could it be me?

What experience and qualifications do I need? If you are patient and enthusiastic, take responsibility seriously and have a sense of fun, you may have all you need to start your career in early years, childcare or playwork. For some roles you can start with…

Why work with children?

What's in it for me? Quality education, care and play for children from birth to 14 years of age makes a real difference to their lives, laying the foundation for all-round development in their crucial formative years and preparing them for adulthood. Thousands of children…

Looked After Children placed in Southampton from other local authorities

This page has information about services and resources which are available to looked after children who may be placed in our city by other local authorities, including children placed for adoption. We have included some information about Southampton, and the process for notifying us of…
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