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29 February 2024


Our Early Years Quality and Sufficiency Officer, Connie worked with Paul Taylor from The Music Hub to put together three inspiring videos which aim to encourage recruitment into the early years sector. We will be sharing these videos on our social media channels and our website and we would encourage you to share these videos too. Many thanks to Rainbow Corner Nursery and Bramble Nursery for allowing us to come into your settings to film the brilliant work that you do. Take a look at the videos by clicking the buttons below:

A typical day in an early years setting

Top tips for working in early years

Why go into childcare?


The DfE are incredibly excited to introduce their new national recruitment campaign for early years and the childcare sector; 'Do something BIG. Work with small children'. This campaign will shine a light on the great careers available in the sector and recognise the lifelong impact childcare professionals have on children during their most formative years. It will run across TV, cinema, social media, online, radio and billboard advertising. They would be incredibly grateful if you could help to promote the campaign through your channels and use the hashtag #dosomethingbig on social media.

They have created a new website for people to find out about working in early education and childcare and the qualifications available, discover how uniquely rewarding early years and childcare careers can be, and search for vacancies via the DWP Find a Job platform. They are asking us to amplify these messages at a local level. The ‘Do something BIG’ communications toolkit contains information and resources to help communicate the campaign messages and amplify recruitment activity.

They want users to see as many vacancies as possible, and providers to have vacancies seen by as many users as possible so they would be grateful if you could list any current or upcoming roles in your settings on Find a Job. More information on Find a Job can be found in this bulletin.


Jobcentre Plus has a range of recruitment services that can help you as an employer. You could get:

Contact the Employer Services Line for advice about recruiting for your business on 0800 169 0178, Mon to Fri, 9.00am - 5.00pm. Or complete an online enquiry form. The Employer Services Line will connect you to a local Employer Adviser who will work with you to fill your vacancies. Employer Advisers can:

  • give advice to help you write job descriptions
  • help you speed up your recruitment process
  • promote your vacancies in local job centres
  • allow you to use Jobcentre Plus offices to carry out interviews, where an office is available
  • invite you to local recruitment events to promote your vacancies
  • help you connect with other businesses in your area
  • work with you to plan your future recruitment campaigns

Jobcentre Plus help for recruiters

Employing staff for the first time

Flexible working

Using a recruitment agency to find staff


As mentioned, Early Years providers can create a free account on the 'DWP Find a Job Vacancy Platform - Employer page' and list current job vacancies for potential applicants.

Registering and adding job vacancies is free and easy to do - watch this clip to find out more. Additional instructions can be found here.

Remember to use the term 'Early Years' in the job title of all job adverts and select 'Educational jobs' for the job category and 'Portsmouth' for the location.

View the 'find a job' early years listings in Portsmouth


You can also advertise free of charge on our local council website - please complete this form and email your completed form to eydelivery@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.

View childcare vacancies in Portsmouth

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