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LIFT celebrates “Stepping into Childcare”

Published: 13/03/2017

Following an innovative training programme entitled “Stepping into Childcare”, participants recently received their certificates at a celebration in Flint. The LIFT programme, developed to support the long term unemployed back into work, developed the programme in conjunction with the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA). The “Stepping into Childcare” training is a pilot project funded by Welsh Government for Communities First and LIFT clients. LIFT mentors and tutors from NDNA worked together to establish course requirements which would meet the needs of learners. The resulting bespoke 8 day course was developed and 12 people have benefitted from the training. The eight day training programme was made up of 12 main topics, including sensory play, outdoor play, play and creativity of the under 2s as well as safeguarding awareness, promoting positive behaviour and food hygiene. The sessions also included mock interview practice. Each candidate received a certificate and the awards were presented by Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Councillor Derek Butler, who said: “Being able to run training progammes like this with the support of our partners is vital for our local economy. We need to invest in local people so that they can take advantage of employment opportunities in the area. I’m delighted that this “Stepping into Childcare” course in Flintshire has been successful and I wish everyone the best of luck for the future.” For more information on the LIFT programme, contact Debbie Barker on 01244 846090 or Lift Criteria: Unemployed for 6 months plus Live in a Communities First area Live in a workless household