An Aberdeen MP is organising a session to encourage people to become childminders in Aberdeen as free childcare is increased.
The event, hosted by the SNP’s member for Aberdeen North Kirsty Blackman, will take place next Monday at Woodside Fountain Centre and will be attended by representatives of the Care Inspectorate, the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) and Printfield Community flat.
Mrs Blackman organised the session after speaking to residents and members of the Printfield Community Project, who were eager to encourage local people to train as childminders.
Mrs Blackman said: “As a working parent I know the challenges of juggling childcare arrangements, and childminders are vital for so many people to ensure that whilst they are at work, their kids are safe and being looked after.
“It is fantastic that the SNP Scottish Government is making major investment into free childcare provision, and with that there is of course a demand for more professionals in the sector.”
Maggie Simpson, chief executive of SCMA, thanked Mrs Blackman for “organising the event in Aberdeen to encourage more people in her constituency to become childminders”. She added: “SCMA is here to help those entering the sector.”