As part of our work to improve the life chances of our residents, we’ve partnered with Lewisham College and Ideal Boilers to provide a free online childminding course for our residents. The course started this month, and saw nearly 100 residents express interest in filling the 30 available places.
Those who successfully complete the course will receive a nationally recognised qualification in childminding which can then either be used to gain employment or to set up a childminding business.
This is important to note, as the high cost of childcare is frequently cited as a barrier for parents and carers of young children who are trying to get back into employment. The course therefore provides a solution for people to re-enter the workforce in a way that doesn’t interfere with their childcare needs.
We plan to build on this work later in the year to help more residents who are parents or carers of young children get back into employment. To find out more, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 028 2028 (option 7) and ask for our community relations team.