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Eight people from across west Fife were invited to celebrate their successful progression into the childminding profession at a lunch in Garvock House on Saturday (26 February).
The Working for Families clients with Fife Councils Development Services, linked with Adam Smith College and Scottish Childminding Association, to gain the training necessary to allow them to make the transition to become registered childminders.
The training concluded with them all registering as childminders with the Care Commission which ensures that they meet national care standards. This certification gives parents security and peace of mind when selecting care for their children as they will be subject to regular inspection ensuring they continue to meet government regulations.
Anne Macintyre, Service manager Partnership and Employability with Development Services said “They should all be proud of their achievement and recognise the importance and necessity of becoming childcare providers. This initiative provides a very successful and sustainable way of meeting a need within communities. These people can now support other parents looking for affordable childcare to enable them to return to work or training and help the local economy. “
Childcare can be a barrier that prevents many parents from being able to work. Working for Families support parents who are facing barriers that make it difficult to get back to work, training or education. These successful clients have now been in business between 1 and 3 years.