High school pupils flock to early learning and childcare event

Early Education and Childcare event

High school pupils flock to early learning and childcare event

Early learning and childcare professionals of the future attended a specially organised event at Forth Valley College’s Stirling Campus recently.

The event – held on Wednesday 31 January - was organised in response to the recent announcement from the Scottish Government who plan to expand free Early learning and Childcare provision by 2020, resulting in the need for approx. 700 more sector professionals in the Forth Valley area alone.

Pupils interested in applying for courses in this area from Lornshill Academy and Dunblane, Balfron, St Modan’s, Stirling and Bannockburn High Schools attended on the day. They took part in three workshops: Early Learning and Childcare Roadshow – organised by the Scottish Government; Early Learning and Childcare Career Pathways – organised by Forth Valley College; and the Early Learning and Childcare Local Employment Opportunities – organised by Stirling Council.

Jeanette McCulloch, a Curriculum Manager in FVC’s Department of Care, Health and Sport, said: “We were delighted to see so many young people come along to the event, who are interested in a career in Early Learning and Childcare. Hopefully they will have developed an understanding of the high standards of provision that is available to them here at Forth Valley College in this subject area. 

“There are a range of early learning and childcare courses, either full-time once they have left school or part-time whilst still at school, via programmes such as the Foundation Apprenticeship - Social Services (Children and Young People) - and they can apply for courses that will set them up for a rewarding career in this industry.”

Anyone looking to find out more about Early Learning and Childcare courses at Forth Valley College should call 01324 403000 or visit www.forthvalley.ac.uk


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