New course in child­care

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

A univer­sity is launch­ing a course aimed at get­ting more men to work in child­care.

Only 4% of those work­ing in early years and child­care are male, ac­cord­ing to the Univer­sity of the High­lands and Is­lands.

It is pi­lot­ing a 12-week course for men, with the classes run in evenings to bet­ter suit those al­ready work­ing dur­ing the day. Those who com­plete the course have the chance to gain an HNC in child­care.

UHI said the early years and child­care pro­fes­sion faces a skills short­age, with Scot­land need­ing about 11,000 new work­ers by 2020 to meet the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to pro­vide 30 hours of free child­care to el­i­gi­ble two to four-year-olds.

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