A huge increase in childcare training places has been announced to help deliver the Scottish Government’s pledge to almost double free provision for three- and four-year-olds to 30 hours a week by 2020.
An additional 2303 training places will be available on early learning and childcare courses at colleges and universities across Scotland in 2018-19.
Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson said: “The SNP Government is committed to transforming early learning and childcare in Scotland, because we recognise how vital it is to give our children a good grounding that will enable them to achieve their full potential regardless of their background.
“But this massive expansion of free provision, which will save families more than £4500 per child per year, is also a great opportunity for thousands of people across Scotland to get into a rewarding career, where they will help to shape future generations.
“Additional places will be available to train at both practitioner and managerial level to help create the highly skilled, dedicated workforce which will ensure that quality is at the heart of our childcare and early learning expansion plans.
“I encourage anyone who might be considering this career path to explore their options, including the courses on offer right here at Forth Valley College.”
Go to childcarecareersscotland.scot for more information on how to pursue training and employment opportunities in the early learning and childcare sector.