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New childcare employment programme in Wales

PACEY Cymru is supporting National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) Cymru Childcare Works phase two in Wales.

NDNA’s Childcare Works phase two is a programme funded by the Welsh Government to encourage more people to consider and trial a career in the childcare sector, and will be delivered across ten local authority areas in Wales: Conwy, Wrexham, Gwynedd, Anglesey, Cardiff, Caerphilly, Newport Torfaen, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.  The programme will run until December 2020.  NDNA Cymru are now seeking participants who are currently not in employment or education but who are interested in taking part in the project to apply.

As part of the programme PACEY Cymru will be working with NDNA Cymru to promote opportunities to become a registered childminder through a series of childminder information sessions in the ten local authority areas.  This supports our wider work around the WeCare campaign to attract more people to work in care professions in Wales.

Childcare Works phase two follows the success of Childcare Works phase one in Flintshire and Wrexham which trained 16 participants over the age of 50, most of whom have gone on to secure permanent employment within the early years sector.

Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan said: “As a government we have made a significant investment to providing funded childcare to working parents of 3-4 year olds across Wales. The Childcare sector is crucial to delivering this provision and employing a highly skilled and qualified professional workforce is vitally important, not only to support parents and carers to access employment but to support our youngest children’s learning and development.   

“I’m delighted that alongside the Economy Minister we are able to give further funding to provide key introductory training to encourage more people to enter the sector and consider a future career in Childcare. We want to encourage diversity across the sector and encourage people from diverse backgrounds to enter the sector.”

Anyone interested in finding out more or joining the programme can find further information on the NDNA Cymru Childcare Works web page or ring the NDNA Cymru office on 01824 707823.