The Scottish Government’s expansion of funded early learning and childcare hours will be the focus of #letstalkabout1140 on Friday 24th May. The event will provide valuable CPD for those currently employed in the industry and promote courses and opportunities for those wishing to enter the profession or upskill.

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Organised by Inverness College UHI, Highland Council and the Care and Learning Alliance (CALA), #letstalkabout1140 will address the opportunities and challenges facing the sector as a result of the expansion and provide valuable CPD for those already in the profession.

It’s also a chance for people interested in joining the profession to find out about courses and apprenticeship routes at Inverness College UHI.

Parents are currently eligible for 600 hours of funded early learning childcare per year for three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds. This will increase to 1140 hours per year by August 2020.

There will be a range of stalls and speakers, including the Scottish Government, Care Inspectorate, Peeple, the Scottish Social Services Council, the Care and Learning Alliance and Highland Council. There will also be information on mindfulness techniques for young children and Highland Literacy programmes.

Students on courses at Inverness College UHI will also be displaying work, and there will be information on childcare courses including the NC, HNC and BA (Hons) in Childhood Practice, the BA (Hons) in Child and Youth Studies, as well as modern apprenticeship and graduate apprenticeship routes into early learning and childcare, which allow people to work, earn and learn by completing a qualification while in employment.

The free event runs from 12pm to 6.30pm and is open to everyone, with the option to drop in an out throughout the day.


12.30pm to 1pm: Jaci Douglas and Jennifer Campbell, Care and Learning Alliance (CALA)

 - What does it really mean to deliver 1140 funded hours by August 2020? What are the priorities and the challenges?

1pm to 1.30pm: Kay Newton, Care Inspectorate

- The impact of 1140 on the early learning and childcare sector and hopw the Care Inspectorate can support you

1.30pm to 2pm: Gillian Forbes, Peeple

- Peeple and its learning together programmes (PEEP)

2pm to 2.30pm: Jan Barclay, Mindfulness with Children

- How to use mindfulness techniques with young children to help them adapt to longer days

2.30pm to 3pm: Laura Hill, Scottish Government

- An overview of progress in implementing the expansion of funded early learning childcare and the support available for the workforce.

3pm to 3.30pm: Sharon Smith, Words Up

- A look at the 'Words Up' programme in Highlands

3.30pm to 4pm: Cat Mackenzie and Emma Slaney, Early Learning and Childcare Centre, Inverness College UHI

- 1140: A reality for day care for staff, parents and children

4pm to 4.30pm: Emma Law and Susan Macdonald, Highland Council

- Delivering 1140 - the role of the childcare manager.

4.30pm to 5pm: Dr Alice Mongiello, Inverness College UHI

- Maintaining quality in an expanding early learning and childcare sector - mastering the art of juggling.

5pm to 5.30pm: Questions with the panel and close.

This event is free and open to anyone with an interest in the childcare industry. 


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