Find your local childcare provider
Looking for a registered childminder, nanny or nursery worker in your local area? We've put together a handy guide to help you find your local childcare provider, but first, remember to consider:
- How they would contribute to the care, learning and development of your child
- How they would look after the physical health and wellbeing of your child
- If they have valid paediatric first-aid certificates and DBS check
- What qualifications they have and their continuous professional development
- If they're Ofsted or CSSIW registered and (for a nanny) if they're happy to register with your support
- If you felt comfortable in their childcare setting and felt trusting and content to leave your child in their care
Check out our handy list of questions to ask your childcarer and remember you can find out more information about the different types of childcare available to make sure you're happy with your choice.
Find a registered childminder near you
Find registered childminders in your area with the free childcare vacancy matching service from PACEY and iChild. The childcare search service features childminder members of PACEY in England and Wales, and you can see the services they offer on a dedicated webpage.
The listings contain information about the childminder's setting, their home, qualifications and any extra services they offer.
Find a local nanny
The best place to start is by asking people you know. Tell colleagues, friends and family that you are looking for a nanny. They may be able to recommend one. But stay focussed – at the end of the day it’s your decision, and what’s right for your friend or neighbour may not be right for you.
There are several ways to find a nanny:
- advertising in a local paper or online
- advertising in specialist working families magazines
- contacting local colleges that offer childcare courses – ideal if you would like to employ someone newly trained
- using a nanny agency
Agencies usually charge a fee to find you a list of suitable nannies. A good agency will carry out their own checks before adding a nanny to their lists. There are hundreds of nanny agencies in the UK and you can find lists of agencies on the internet or in specialist working families magazines such as The Lady and Junior magazine. You'll also find contact numbers in the Yellow Pages. These agencies recommend PACEY membership to their nannies
Many agencies offer families an "after care" service, helping make sure the arrangement is successful. The nanny may be interviewed, have their employment history and references verified, and have an enhanced DBS disclosure. The agency will also let you know your legal obligations when employing a nanny.
Find a local nursery
A good place to look is your local authority run Family Information Service. They will provide you with up to date contact details for registered childcare, including nurseries and pre-schools in your local area. They can also provide you with information and advice.
We also advise to ask around for recommendation from other parents in your area and talk to schools and playgroup leaders.
You may also want to access social networks like Netmums and Mumsnet to find out about local available childcare. Always check qualifications and references carefully.