Careers in childcare

There are many childcare jobs available in Rochdale borough. 

Find jobs in childcare

DBS checks

You are required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to work with children, the elderly or other vulnerable adults.

Work experience

Before you commit yourself to a career in childcare, it may be helpful to get some work experience with the age group of the children you are interested in working with.

Local playgroups, pre-school nurseries, children's centres and holiday play schemes may welcome volunteers.


There are several recognised qualifications in childcare - you can contact the Training Team for more information.

In settings on the early years' register:

  • The manager must hold an approved level 3 qualification or above.
  • At least half of all other staff must hold at least an approved level 2 qualification.
  • The manager should have at least 2 years of experience working in early years settings or have at least 2 years of other suitable experience.
  • The provider must ensure there is a named deputy who, in their judgement, is capable and qualified to take charge in the manager’s absence.