Childminder Support course offered by the RAF Association

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Find out how you can gain access to a free childminding course as an RAF partner. This course is run by the Royal Air Forces Association who has partnered with Prospects, a leading provider of employment, skills, care and education.

The course is free for RAF partners and is delivered at weekly face-to-face sessions. It includes comprehensive childcare training, registration with Ofsted, a paediatric first aid course, Disclosure and Barring Services checks and insurance for your first year as a childminder.

Rory O’Connor, Director of Welfare and Policy at the RAF Association said:

“The 2017 RAF Community Needs Analysis identified a lack of employment opportunities for partners of Serving personnel and lack of access to high quality, affordable childcare as the top two issues facing the RAF Serving community. As a registered childminder, partners can run their own business from home, be their own boss, look after their own children and make a difference to the lives of other young children and their families, supporting them as they grow and develop. We are delighted that the initial pilot has gone so well and there has been so much interest.”

So far, the courses have been trialled at RAF Waddington, Benson and RAFC Cranwell, training 35 RAF partners with skills needed to set up their own childminding service. One RAF partner who participated on the course said: “I always intended to do childminding but being able to do the course really pushed me forward in my goals. I loved the fact that it was a face-to-face course and run on the weekend.”

The pilot scheme has shown great success in providing RAF partners with a new avenue of employment as well as supporting stations with affordable childcare. The RAF Association and Prospects will be rolling this out to other stations that have identified a need, so that they can continue their work in supporting the whole of the RAF Serving community.

Shanti Flynn, Director of Early Years at Prospects said:

“We understand that current childcare provision isn’t flexible enough to meet the needs of service families, particularly with shift patterns, overnight working, and deployment arrangements and before/after school care. This is why we are so excited to be working with the RAF Association to train men and women to become registered childminders to give choices and options back to RAF families.”

To enquire about the Childminder Support course on your station, contact Rory O’Connor, Director of Welfare and Policy at the RAF Association on 0116 268 8771 or email [email protected]. To discover how else the RAF Association supports the family, visit the RAF Association website.

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This article is part of the Summer edition of Envoy magazine (Spouses in Business and Employment pullout section). If you’d like to receive your own quarterly copy of Envoy, it’s free. Simply sign up online.

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