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Industry and public sector promote vital role of childcare for Skye

Published: 09/05/2024

Partnership supports childcare career development in Skye

The partners who held a pop-up event in Skye last week to help tackle childcare shortages on the island plan to build on a successful start with further activities.

Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) organised the drop-in session with Care and Learning Alliance (CALA), UHI, Portree Nursery, Skills Development Scotland and Fàs Mòr at Portree Nursery on Saturday 27 April.

The family friendly pop up and play event provided the opportunity to share views on the impact of limited childcare places, and to provide advice and support for anyone looking at a career in childcare.

Kirsty Hunter from CALA said: “At least four of those coming along were actively thinking about setting up as childminders which is great news. Every childcare place will make a difference to a Skye family. The session was an excellent opportunity to share ideas and as partners we’re now looking at further possibilities to engage with local people.”

The group hopes to tap into future community events across Skye, including school and community ‘open days’ etc.

Kirsty added: “Reliable childcare and early learning is so important: for our children; our local workforce; and in providing rewarding career opportunities. Skye does have nursery job opportunities. As part of next steps the partners would like to work with local employers and senior pupils at school to explore placements and apprenticeships.”

The group has prepared a quick guide for anyone interested in a childcare career – covering work, learning, professional development and registration. It also has a list of partner contacts for further information.

Download the Career, Pathways and Recruitment guide

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