Schools - How you can get support from the campaign
How the Inspiring a Future in Childcare campaign can support your Careers Programme
Early Years Professionals are integral to supporting the millions of working parents in today's society. Irrespective of what career path a young person will choose at some point in their lives, if they choose to have a family they will come to rely on flexible, quality childcare to support them.
Working families need childcare but the childcare industry is in crisis with thousands of job opportunities available, and not enough qualified childcarers coming in to the market to fill the roles. It is critical that schools have more information and guidance on the opportunities that exist in the sector in order to support students with making choices. A career in childcare suits young people who are caring and passionate about making a difference to the world they live in.
Careers Strategy (DfE, December, 2017)
The Careers Strategy states that each school must have a named Careers Leader and that 20 Careers Hubs will be set up across the country - each supported by a Gatsby Coordinator from the CEC.
Given the thousands of job opportunities in the childcare sector, and critical nature of these roles to society, it would make absolute sense that there should be greater collaboration between careers professionals, employers, and schools to help to make a difference, particularly in the dissemination of careers information and guidance in relation to the Early Years Sector.
As the largest UK network of childcare recruitment agencies, Tinies Childcare are in a unique position to raise awareness of the large number of opportunities for employment in the childcare industry and would welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with local schools and their careers advisor network to promote the opportunities that exist in the childcare sector.
We feel it is particularly important to engage with students aged 12 to 15, to help them become aware of the options available before they make choices on the subjects they wish to pursue to qualification.
So if you are planning a careers event or looking for support, simply email us with your contact details and postcode and your local branch will be in touch.
Each of our Tinies branches have a customised "Why Work In Childcare" leaflet for their area to promote the benefits of working in childcare to students in this age group. You can also download web banners and posters from our campaign marketing page to raise awareness of the campaign and the job opportunities that exist once students are qualified.
Tinies are also able to offer some work experience opportunities to young people and are encouraging more nursery settings to consider offering work experience placements.
Take the next step to Inspiring a Future in Childcare
As part of the Inspiring a Future in Childcare campaign, we have teamed up with the Education and Employers Charity which enables schools to connect pupils with employee volunteers. The Charity designed, in consultation with teachers and business leaders, the Inspiring the Future volunteering platform.
Signing up is easy and is done through a secure online website. Once you are registered as a school, you can then organise an event and volunteers from within the childcare sector can receive invites from you to come and speak. Volunteers are rated by schools staff and 96% of teachers who have held an Inspiring the Future event would recommend the service to a colleague.
In England alone over 80% of secondary schools have registered and are able to contact locally registered volunteers by email and at no cost. Over 40,000 volunteers, from archaeology to zoology and now the childcare sector, have registered nationally, ranging in experience level from apprentices to CEOs.
Childcare Career Speed Networking Event - A success
Our inaugural childcare career speed networking event in London which was hosted by Tinies Childcare, Education & Employers Charity, and the Department for Education demonstrated what can be achieved when schools and local employers work in partnership.
This event gave students an opportunity to meet and talk to professionals working across the childcare industry. The event successfully challenged student's perceptions and demonstrated how the sector embraces gender diversity. It showed young people that childcare is not just about caring for children. There are a number of support roles required behind the scenes for which IT skills, business acumen, marketing and customer service skills are required to operate a childcare business or provide services to support the sector. Broadening their understanding of the choices that exist to help them to make decisions on their career and subject choices at school.
It was a great success with 71% of young people sharing they would now consider a career in the childcare sector.
For more information about this event and how you can get involved please visit here or download our Inspiring A Future In Childcare leaflet here.
Equally, such events offer an ideal solution to support the Gatsby Benchmarks which advise that every young person by 2020 should have been offered by their school, seven encounters with employers. At least one a year from Y7 to Y13.
Signing up to Inspiring the Future is quick and easy and you only have to offer up 1 hour per year. Please make sure you include Inspiring a Future in Childcare in the "How Did You Hear About Us" section.
Please support us to make a difference by inspiring students to consider a career in the childcare industry.
To find out more about how your local Tinies Childcare branch could support the choices young people make in your area, please enter your postcode in to the "Find Your Local Agency" blue box at the top of our webpage, or "Find Branch" on mobile devices, and give us a call.