New loans set to boost childcare training for adult learners

New loans set to boost childcare training for adult learners

Advanced Learning Loan ideal for independent childcare providers

If you are 24 or over and an independent childcare worker, a new Government initiative is set to open the door for further training.   The new 24+ Advanced Learning Loan will enable the more than 53,000 childminders across the UK, who might not have previously been eligible, to now access a loan to fund a training course and help them to progress in their business.

As one of the UK’s largest childcare training providers, Parenta Training  knows full well that in the highly competitive market, qualifications can play a key part in securing business success.  With approximately 1500 learners on their nationally recognised childcare courses at any one time, Parenta’s training division is rapidly growing and this new loan could see many more adults reap the benefits of their courses and enhance the service they offer to parents and children.

The 24+ Advanced Learning Loan initiative was introduced to give learners who are 24 and over studying at Level 3, Level 4 or Advanced and Higher apprenticeships the opportunity to pay for courses through loans from the 1st August 2013.  Repayments don’t start until April 2016 and you won’t have to pay anything back until you earn more than £21,000 a year. 

“It’s vitally important that people continue to invest in their education throughout their career rather than just at the start,” said Allan Presland, Managing Director of Parenta. “The new loan scheme will open the door for many self-employed childminders to gain a new qualification,  which will benefit their careers and raise standards across the industry.”

Working with hundreds of nurseries across England and Wales, Parenta specialises in helping people build a career in childcare offering training programmes that deliver qualifications ranging from Apprenticeships and Level 2 through to Level 5 and Assessor Awards.

Nursery Nurse bully jailed for 10 months

Nursery Nurse bully jailed for 10 months

Clare Cartwright

Clare Cartwright has been jailed for 10 months for her appalling behaviour towards children in her care.

A bullying childminder has been jailed for ten months for force-feeding and mistreating toddlers in her care.

Clare Cartwright, 32, lost patience with the youngsters, aged between one and three, and stuffed food into their mouths until some were physically sick.

The registered childminder – herself a mother – also held a three-year-old girl under a cold tap when she refused to eat.

She ran the Little Nippers nursery from her home in Halifax, West Yorkshire. Her teenage staff described her as a ‘bully’ and she regularly swore in front of the children.

She pleaded guilty to four counts of child cruelty which took place over seven months in 2009.

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