Childcare

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From 2020, all children from the age of 3 in Scotland will be entitled to 30 hours of free childcare per week (school term).

To meet this demand, the Scottish Government has announced a significant increase in childcare training places to help deliver the additional workforce required. Scotland needs around 11,000 new childcare workers by 2020 including a mix of new start practitioners and managers.

We offer courses to meet this demand at Inverness College UHI.

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Study:

The NC qualifies you to work as a childcare support worker, while our HNC allows you to work as a childhood practitioner.

Our courses look at children in a holistic way, considering their entire wellbeing through, for example, child development, observation, emotions and social support.

Workplace placements play a critical part in all our childcare courses and we work closely with employers, supporting students to gain employment on completion of their studies.

All our staff come from a practice base, with some still working in the industry, meaning the teaching is current and responsive to what’s happening in the workplace.

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Julie Jones

Care Practice lecturer Julie Jones worked in childcare for 16 years before becoming a full-time lecturer 2 years ago. She's worked within day care, out of school care and in a school nursery:

"I loved working as a childcare practitioner as I knew I had the opportunity to help build the next generation. Watching a child learn something new, seeing their face light up, I knew I was in a wonderful career. Now, as a lecturer, I get to support people who want to make Scotland the best place to grow up and it's amazing."