Childcare jobs are open to both men and women of all ages and from all communities. They include jobs in:
- day nurseries
- pre-schools and playgroups
- out of school clubs and holiday schemes
- schools (as a teaching assistant)
- your own home (as a childminder)
Early years and childcare job vacancies
Find a range of current vacancies in Cambridgeshire on our eycJobs website.
Please also visit the eycJobs website if you wish to advertise a job vacancy or email [email protected].
Becoming a registered childminder
If you would like to have a rewarding career, be your own boss, run your business from home and make a real difference to children's lives, then being a registered childminder might be just the profession for you.
As a childminder you will need to be registered with Ofsted if you look after children. You will be defined by Ofsted as a childminder if you look after children you are not related to ‘for reward or pay’.
- Children should be under 8 years of age.
- You look after them for more than 2 hours a day.
- You look after them in a home that isn’t the children’s normal home.
What are childminders in Cambridgeshire saying?
Being a professional childminder can be so rewarding. Working from home and running your own business. Here are some of the benefits our childminders would like to share.
Watching children grow
"One of the most rewarding aspects of childcare is watching the child in your care that arrives as a little baby grow and become a person in their own right; who has views and expectations within the setting.
"They continue to develop into teenagers and then young men and women who even now stop in the street and acknowledge you with fond memories of their childhood with you, and even come to us to care for their own offspring. Then you know that you got it right."
Sharing in a child's development
"Watching and sharing in a child's development; seeing them excel and flourish and knowing that you have influenced and helped them."
Watching children play and have fun
"My absolute favourite time with the children is when they’re simply given the opportunity to be children, and I have a moment to appreciate it.
"Rolling down hills and jumping in muddy puddles, I can see how the children thrive from just being outdoors and having fun in a loving and caring environment. I want my children to enjoy their childhood and leave the setting with memories they’ll cherish forever."
Meeting the needs of the child
"For me the best thing about being a childcare professional is being able to run my own business to suit the way I work and to meet the needs of the children who attend.
"We love outdoor play in any shape or form, be it in the mud kitchen, at a playground, going to the market or supermarket, the post office, on a bus. The children always respond well to these activities and all seven areas of learning and development are met through this medium."
Sharing knowledge and experience
"It's lovely to be able to support new parents. I was really pleased when one of the new mums sent me a text saying how grateful she was for the support that I had given her in such a variety of ways, and how much it had helped."
Contact us about childminding
Training and qualifications
You can study for qualifications while working in childcare. To find out what level of qualification you need for a specific job, you can use the Department for Education's Qualification Finder.
Early years introductory courses, profiles and professional development
Visit our Learn together website
Early years Apprenticeship bursary scheme
Local colleges provide information about apprenticeships available in the area:
For more help finding work in childcare
- Public Sector Jobs East - search for job vacancies in the public sector across Cambridgeshire
- Pre-school Learning Alliance (PLA) - information and advice on careers in childcare, training and qualifications
- Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) - supports those working in early years and childcare to provide high quality care
- National Day Nurseries Association - information and advice specifically for those working in day nurseries
- National Careers Service - information and advice on careers (including careers in childcare)