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Recruitment and Retention of Staff

For owners / managers, childcare staff and those wanting to enter the sector. Advice and guidance on all areas of the recruitment process, from individuals starting a career in childcare to employers safe recruitment and retaining quality staff.

Recruitment of Staff

The recruitment and retention of a professional, skilled, qualified workforce is paramount to ensure your childcare business thrives in a competitive market.

Childcare providers should aim to create a workforce in which individuals aspire to develop their skills and build rewarding careers.

Running a childcare business can be challenging, but it also brings the rewards of working to enhance children’s achievements. The people working for you are your most important asset and a highly motivated and skilled staff team is central to the success of your childcare business.

The information here is designed to give advice and guidance on all areas of recruitment and retention practice. To enable you to find specific information easily we have included links to distinct topics.

As well as guidance we have also included templates for you to adapt and use.

Recruitment and selection - thinking of employing/developing a recruitment policy

Advertising vacancies

Advertising vacancies - holiday club or playscheme to support children with SEND

Safe recruitment

Preparing for interviews

Value based interviews

Making an appointment to a post

Safe recruitment and the law

Safe recruitment health check

Sample job descriptions

These templates have been created as an aide and should be personalised to your settings specific requirements

Sample Job Description - Manager

Sample Job Description - Deputy Manager

Sample Job Description - Playleader/Co-ordinator

Sample Job Description - Nursery Practitioner

Recruitment templates

Sample Job Application Form

Sample Reference Pro Forma

Sample Interview Invitation letter Pro Forma

Sample Applicant Interview Assessment Log

Sample Interview Questions

Sample Medical Questionnaire

To be used as part of the recruitment process after a job offers has been made to enable the employer to assess what needs the applicant may have, and to ensure as far as possible that the applicant is fit for the post.

Sample Equal Opportunities Monitoring

Sample Personal Details Record Form

Sample Bank Details Form

Sample Holiday Request Form

Recommended organisations

ACAS - Employment rights issues

HMRC - Becoming an employer - Contract types and employer responsibilities

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