Careers in childcare

Visit Trafford Early Years to find out more about how we can help you achieve a career in childcare.

We provide information about working in a variety of childcare settings. You can also get information on the kind of qualifications you may need and any funding which may be available.

Contact us at childrens.workforce@trafford.gov.uk or on 0161 912 3249.

Other useful information

For more information on specific Early Years and Childcare qualifications visit the Department for Education website.

For free careers advice, visit the National Careers Service website.

Search for local job vacancies with Universal Jobmatch.

Search for council vacancies in Greater Manchester through Your Council Jobs website.

Setting up your own childcare business

If you are interested in opening your own day nursery, pre-school playgroup, after school club or holiday playscheme in Trafford, please email fis@trafford.gov.uk and provide details of your business idea. We will get back to you to discuss this further and you may also be able to meet with members of the Early Years team who can offer support and guidance to you.

If you are thinking of registering as a childminder, please see Becoming a childminder.

If you are interested in opening a childcare business outside of Trafford, please contact the Family Information Service in the area in which you want to set up your business. Find your local Family Information Service.

The Childcare Business Grants Scheme

This scheme is only open to newly registered early years childminding businesses who have registered with Ofsted or a CMA within the last 12 months. From 1 May 2017, a newly registered business will be one registered with Ofsted or a CMA within the last 3 months.

There are three types of grants available for newly registered early years childminders:

  • A £500 grant for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises
  • A £1,000 grant for an early years childminder or childcare provider on domestic premises of children with special  educational needs and disability (SEN/D)
  • A £1,000 grant for a Childminder Agency (CMA).

The Childcare Business Grants Scheme is funded by the Department for Education (DfE). There is a fixed amount of funding available and the scheme is due to end by 31 March 2018, or sooner if all funds have been exhausted.