Early Years career opportunities to be showcased at free event

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New College Lanarkshire is to host a free event to showcase emerging opportunities in the early learning and childcare sector.

‘Discover Early Years at NCL’ will take place on Friday, November 9 at the 101 Park Street conference venue within our Coatbridge Campus.

Around 200 people are expected to attend the event, including school-leavers, teachers, careers advisers, parents, carers, existing early years practitioners and childminders.

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.

It will feature talks and workshops based on exciting and innovative developments in pre-school learning and play activities.

The programme will start at 9.30am with refreshments and registration, before guests move into the auditorium for a series of 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 will then be invited to participate in workshops, including Project 31 led by Lorna Bamford, Forest Kindergarten led by Mike Brady, Shanarri Indicators led by Rosina Johnston, and Social Use of Language led by staff of Firtrees Nursery in Motherwell.

The event, which is expected to finish at 1pm, aims to complement the wide variety of programmes in Early Education and Childcare that are currently on offer at New College Lanarkshire.

There are courses ranging from Introduction to Childcare (SCQF Level 4) to BA in Childhood Practice (SCQF Level 8). More than 400 students are currently enrolled in courses in NQ Early Learning and Childcare (SCQF Level 6) and HNC Childhood Practice (SCQF Level 7) alone.

Nicola Wyman, Assistant Head of Faculty of Care & Science, said: “We hope that this event will raise the profile of early learning and childcare as well as highlighting the very different job and training opportunities that are available.

“Not everyone will have a clear idea of what is involved in childhood practice and this will help promote the wide variety of courses and services within the sector.

“We’ve planned a very diverse programme that we hope will inspire everyone, whether that means building on existing skills and knowledge, or indeed considering a career working with pre-school children.”

To book a free ticket for the event, please visit: discover-early-years.eventbrite.co.uk

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