Inspiring a Future in Childcare in partnership with The Department for Education and Tinies Childcare aims to inspire children to consider a future in childcare by showing them the wide range of career opportunities available in the sector.
The campaign challenges individual and sector wide perceptions about the childcare profession and the stereotypes that have followed the sector throughout time. It aims to broaden students awareness of the range of exciting roles that the childcare sector holds.
On 1 February, Park High School, Stanmore ran a speed networking event which gave year 8 and 9 children the opportunity to meet and talk to professionals working across the childcare industry which is hoped will encourage more careers advisers to start to include Early Years Professionals in future school careers events.
Why is it important that we inspire future generations of child carers now?
There has to be a switch in the public perception of the value of childcarers to the economy, and how they enrich the lives of future generations. Schools need to have more information and guidance on the opportunities that exist in the sector in order to make a difference.
Families have changed over the years. We know that in most families both parents need to work so child carers are integral to the infrastructure of today’s economy. Whether working families need a nanny, a childminder or a place in a nursery, it all comes down to having enough childcarers in the industry to meet this ever-growing need. And right now there are just not enough childcarers to meet that demand.
Photos: Susie Owens from the Department of Education and Beverly Munden from Tinies Childcare talk to students and teachers about the importance of the childcare sector.
A massive thank you to all the fantastic volunteers listed below, who gave up a morning to inspire young people about a future in childcare. One of them, Paul Moore of Busy Bees talks about why he wanted to come to talk to children about a future in childcare:
If you work in childcare and want to inspire children about a job you love, sign up to volunteer at the top of this page or find out more about how you can get involved with the Inspiring A Future In Childcare Campaign.
See more photos from this event here
A massive thank you to all the fantastic volunteers:
Adelle Thompson Tinies Childcare – Recruitment
Bhavna Chandarana PACEY
Carl Borrett Tinies Childcare – Operations
Cheryl McCarthy Cooperative Childcare
Diane Rainbow Department for Education
Hannah Bellsham-Revell Evelina London Children’s Hospital
Ian Everitt Leicester College
James Cuffin Cooperative Childcare
Joanne Langley Childcare Company
Kristen Harding Tinies Childcare – Recruitment
Laura Brewer Ofsted
Lindsey Doe Tinies Childcare
Liz Coffey Ofsted
Lou Neville-Ball Lewisham Children and Family Centres
Louise Williams Tinies Childcare – Operations
Miya Booker-Brown Tinies Training
Mona Majed LEYF
Neil Leitch Pre-School Learning Alliance
Paul Moore Busy Bees
Penny Tongo LEYF
Philip Girling CACHE
Rebecca Moore Morton Michel
Sarah Read Action for Children/EY
Sonia Wray Childcare Company
Stavrina Petros Koumi Tinies Training
Sue Lee Morton Michel
Susie Owen Department for Education
Tara Kitchener Pre-School Learning Alliance
Theresa Michel LEYF
Yolanda Hampshire Action for Children/EY
Zoe Brooks Busy Bees
Zoe Hier Pre-School Learning Alliance