With long hours and low pay a factor which drives many people away from working in childcare, what can you do to improve recruitment at your setting? We explore 5 ways to fill vacancies at your nursery more quickly.

1. Hold an Employment Open Day
Holding an open day at your setting enables potential new recruits to have a look around your nursery and meet the staff before applying for the role. This will make the interview process much easier for them, as they’ll be more relaxed having met everyone beforehand.

2. Advertise your vacancies in colleges
Colleges are teeming with people who will be looking for a job when they finish their studies. Take advantage of this new talent pool by asking your local college whether you can post your vacancies on their noticeboards.

3. Run a “Refer a friend” scheme
The right candidate for the role may be closer than you think. Your own staff may know friends or family members who are interested in working in a nursery, or who are studying for a qualification in childcare. If you offer a voucher as a ‘thank you’, you’ll be able to cut out any costly agency fees and other advertising costs.

4. Train up an apprentice
The Government are investing money to train 3 million new apprentices by 2020, so there couldn’t be a better time to fill any gaps in your workforce with a childcare apprentice! Although initially they’ll need mentoring and support, eventually your apprentice could become a full-time member of staff.

5. Post your vacancy on parent noticeboards
Use your parents as a tool to help you recruit by posting any vacancies on your parent noticeboards. Word of mouth is an incredibly effective way to find your next member of staff, and parents may know a friend or family member who would fit the role perfectly.

Finding your next member of staff needn’t be costly, time-consuming or difficult. Take advantage of the resources you have at your fingertips, as well as making the most of the Government’s drive to train new apprentices, and you’ll be well on your way to finding your next recruit!

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