Award winning 2018 'Men in Childcare' course gets ready to launch

If you are male, over the age of 16 and would like to work with children in a professional capacity the award winning 'Men in Childcare' course could be for you!

The next course is starting on 5 February 2018 and will run on Monday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.30pm until the end of June 2018 in the Community Wing of Perth Grammar School. 

Free men-only course

The free men-only course gives an introduction to working with children professionally. The men will develop knowledge and understanding of early years and childcare theory and practice, with support from Perth & Kinross Council and will have the opportunity gain Scottish Qualification Authority SQA credits from Perth College UHI.

The Men in Childcare Course was recently recognised for Championing Gender Equality by the Public Sector Awards. These accolades celebrate outstanding achievements made by public sector organisations in Scotland and are supported by both the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament.

Addressing gender imbalance

Now in its fourth year, the Men in Childcare course aims to address the gender imbalance in the childcare workforce.It not only encourages more men into the childcare profession, but also gives children access to a range of positive male role models whilst they are in childcare settings.

Course has received national recognition

Convener of Perth & Kinross Council's Educations & Lifelong Learning Committee, Councillor Caroline Shiers commented: "The characteristics of the current of the childcare workforce are very distinctive in that is dominated by females, however research indicates that children benefit from having males present in the child care setting.

"Children can spend considerable amounts of time in childcare so it is important for them to have access to both male and female staff members. I would encourage any men with an interest in childcare as a profession to take advantage of this excellent learning opportunity,

"Finally, I would also like to congratulate the Childcare Strategy Team on their success at the Public Sector Awards.  The national recognition they have received for the concept and creation of the sector leading Men in Childcare course is extremely impressive." 

For more information or to book a place on this free course which could lead to potential employment opportunities, contact Perth & Kinross Council's Childcare Strategy Team on 01738 472350 or e-mail: childcare@pkc.gov.uk

Please note the offer of a place on this course is subject to Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check being carried out.