Scheme to train childminders in Sheffield

The childminders' group in Shiregreen during one of their training sessions
The childminders' group in Shiregreen during one of their training sessions
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A training group for prospective childminders has been created to bridge a childcare gap in an area of Sheffield.

Shiregreen Community Homes, part of Sanctuary Housing, has teamed up with Sheffield Council to support families by helping to increase the amount of childcare provision in the area.

The partnership has led to a group being set up which provides training for people wanting to become childminders. They are given advice on how to deliver a high quality service, details of the costs involved, and the process of becoming self-employed.

Next month, 11 people could become registered childminders if they have passed all their training.

Coun Harry Harpham, deputy leader of Sheffield Council, said: “There was a real lack of childcare provision in the area for parents who wanted to get back to work or further education.

“We raised the idea at various community meetings, which we followed up with an information day for people to come and find out more about the training we could offer with our partners at Sheaf Training.

“We are now waiting eagerly to see how many people have passed their training and who will be able to register with Ofsted and become fully registered childminders.

“It’s an exciting and nerve-wracking time for the 11 people who have worked hard for their qualifications and I’d like to wish them the best of luck.”

Funding has come from Sanctuary and training is being provided by Sheaf Training and SOAR.

To join the group email carolineyoung68@live.co.uk or call 0114 2571857.