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A helping hand to a career in childminding

27 July 2018
Reading time between a mother and daughter

Parents and carers interested in pursuing a career in childminding can find out more at a new series of Stay and Play sessions in Hackney.

Sanctuary Housing is supporting Hackney Marsh Partnership and Hackney Learning Trust to deliver the sessions at Kingsmead Community Centre, in Kingsmead Way, from 10am until noon on Tuesdays.

There is a recognised shortage of registered childminders on the Kingsmead estate, with demand currently outstripping supply.

The Stay and Play sessions are run by registered local childminders who can offer advice and information about taking up childminding as a career as well as signpost people to training.

The sessions also provide a relaxed environment for parents and carers to get to know each other, along with plenty of fun indoor and outdoor activities to keep children entertained.

Toby Moore, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “We know there is a demand for childminders on the Kingsmead estate and these sessions are an ideal opportunity for residents to learn more about a potential new career path in a friendly and welcoming environment.”

Pippa Williams, childminding team manager at Hackney Learning Trust, added: “A career in childminding is extremely rewarding and I would encourage parents and carers to come along and speak to our experienced local childminders about the opportunities available.”

Stay and Play organisers are also looking for more volunteers to assist with the sessions. No experience is required and transport and lunch are provided.

Anyone interested in volunteering can email wthomas@hmp.org.uk. For more information about the Stay and Play sessions, please contact Sanctuary’s neighbourhood team on 0203 222 5832.

This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.


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