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Early Years and Childcare

FYi – Families and Young Peoples Information service

FYi is a free information service for families, children and young people up to the age of 20

We provide information about:

  • finding childcare

  • working with children

  • activities for 0 – 20 year olds

  •  local Children’s Centres and Extended services

  • support for children with special educational needs

  • parenting support and courses

  • financial support available to pay for childcare

  • guidance on careers in childcare – childcare qualifications and careers

  • advice on starting and running a childcare business

  •  FYi frequently asked questions

  • other services that may be for interest

High-quality childcare, nursery services and pre-school education give Barnet's youngsters the best start in life by building their skills and confidence from an early age.

Your own experience of parenting or family childcare can be an excellent basis for working with children. Many Early Years workers begin their careers as volunteers before progressing to paid positions and relevant qualifications. All, however, must pass a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.

More information is available from the Families and Young People's Information Service on 0800 389 8312 or by downloading our brochure by visiting www.barnet.gov.uk/index/community-living/childcare/fyi/fyi-jobs.htm

Working in Childcare in Barnet

To find out about the vacancies we have please click here

Registered Childminders

Working from their own homes, childminders provide care and learning opportunities for other people's children. They are assessed and registered by the government's Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED).

Nurseries and Pre-schools

Working with children from babyhood until they start school, nurseries and pre-schools plan and organise activities for children that are educational and fun. Creating a caring and stimulating environment is key.


Adventure playgrounds, community and school-based play schemes, holiday schemes breakfast clubs and after-school clubs are just some of the settings where we support and enrich children's play experiences.


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