- registered early years and childcare providers and their staff
- anyone setting up new childcare provision or registering as a childminder
- people looking for a job in childcare
You already work in a childcare provision
Search Nexus for a range of information and training.
You're looking for a job in childcare or more information about career options
Search our Careers in Childcare website for jobs and guidance.
You want to find out about Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
Everyone who works with children must have an enhanced DBS check. Employers and childminders are responsible for keeping these up to date.
Find information to help you register as a childcare provider, such as:
- GOV.UK guidance about registering as a childminder or childcare provider
- our Early Years and Childcare Service: they can tell you about the registration process and demand for childcare in the area you plan to set up in
Register as a childminder
You need to register as a childminder if you want to provide childcare from your own home. This also applies if you work with up to 2 other people from a home that's not the home of the child or children.
Our Early Years and Childcare Service can also give you support to help decide if childminding is right for you. This includes their becoming a childminder factsheet.
Register as a nanny
You don't have to register with Ofsted to be a nanny or home child carer, but parents may be able to get help paying for childcare if you do register.
Find out more about registering as an early years childcare provider in this video from Ofsted:
Childcare Sufficiency Assessment
As a local authority, we have a duty to make sure there are enough childcare places in Dorset.
Read our latest Childcare Sufficiency Report to find out how we make sure the supply of childcare places matches the demand.
Read what we're doing as the result of feedback about our Childcare Sufficiency Assessment.