Discover Early Years event showcases exciting pre-school developments


An Early Years careers event held in the Coatbridge Campus of New College Lanarkshire has showcased the emerging opportunities available in the sector.

Almost 150 people turned out for the ‘Discover Early Years at NCL’ event at our 101 Park Street conference venue.

And guests were encouraged to experience how learning can be taken out of the playrooms and into the park as they enjoyed a ‘forest kindergarten’ workshop in the adjacent Dunbeth Park, hosted by countryside ranger Mike Brady.

The programme included talks from North Lanarkshire Council’s early learning and childcare expansion officer Sandra Black, Jackie Morton of Tapas Travels, and Play Scotland’s play development officer Cherie Morgan.

Guests also enjoyed a charming performance of nursery rhymes from the children of Coatbridge Campus Nursery.

Those who attended the free event included staff from council-run and private nurseries across Lanarkshire, plus teachers, childminders, careers advisers, lecturers, as well as current and prospective students.

Curriculum and Quality Leader Yvonne Nixon said: “Overall the event was very successful and the guests who I spoke with on the day gave us excellent feedback.

“We were delighted to welcome people from such a wide variety of establishments and our plan now is to make this an annual event.

“I think my highlight was hearing the children of the nursery singing for everyone, which is the aim of all early years practitioners.”

The event was organised to coincide with the Scottish Government’s planned expansion to free childcare provision that is expected to create up to 11,000 new jobs in the sector. By 2020, all three and four year-olds, and eligible two-year-olds, will be entitled to 1,140 hours of funded childcare per year.

New College Lanarkshire has a wide variety of programmes in Early Education and Childcare, ranging from Introduction to Childcare (SCQF Level 4) to BA in Childhood Practice (SCQF Level 8).

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