A CAMPAIGN has been launched in the Highlands to recruit more staff to the childcare sector and deal with increasing demand.
People looking for a career change are to be targeted by the Scottish Government’s most recent drive to attract more people to train as nursery and childcare staff.
By 2020, families across Scotland are set to benefit from an almost doubling of the funded early years and childcare provision.
To expand the workforce and counteract this increase, the Scottish Government is creating almost 2000 more training places at university and college this year alone, and supporting a substantial increase in the number of modern apprenticeships.
Childcare Minister Maree Todd said: "We know that when people consider changing career they want to achieve a good work-life balance and do rewarding and meaningful work. A career in childcare does exactly that.
"Our expansion of funded nursery education and childcare will create thousands of high quality and well-paid jobs across Scotland.
"Working with children is rewarding, enjoyable and meaningful, and this is the focus of our ‘A Job and A Joy’ campaign. I urge those thinking of changing jobs to seriously consider a career in childcare." Nicola Johnstone, nursery practitioner at Country Bumpkins Nursery in Inverness-shire recently changed from being a hairdresser to working in a nursery.
"I absolutely love it. It’s such a rewarding role," she said,
"Seeing children’s happy faces makes you feel happy and there’s a real sense of achievement. I enjoy being part of a team and there’s lots of creativity."
Country Bumpkins Nursery manager, Nicola Bartlett, added: "We have a number of people who have changed careers and moved into childcare here at the nursery.
"I think the fact that it’s a fun and varied job makes it attractive."