Childminder course’s first graduates

FIRST CLASS: Some of the students with their childminding certificates
FIRST CLASS: Some of the students with their childminding certificates

A GROUP of childminders have become the first “graduates” of a new training course.

The nine women recently completed a 16-week Becoming a Hartlepool Childminder course, which covers topics such as the early years foundation stage, paediatric first aid, food hygiene and safeguarding.

The course is designed to prepare prospective childminders for Ofsted registration and, hopefully, help them get a good grade at their first inspection.

Sue Lewins, early years and childcare officer with Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “Childminders are well-trained childcare professionals who offer a flexible service in a warm, caring environment, and this new course reflects our commitment to quality

“We also hope this course will help us to recruit more childminders which is something that research shows parents in Hartlepool want.

“This is the first time that the training course has been delivered, but we plan to run it twice a year in the future.”

Childminders working in the town also have the opportunity to become part of the Hartlepool Quest for Quality programme.

Parents who are looking for a childminder or people wishing to become a childminder can contact the Families Information Service Hartlepool (FISH) on (01429) 284284.