Frances, a single mother of two from South Lanarkshire, found herself facing redundancy after 26 years working in a factory. Faced with the prospect of unemployment, Frances felt she had no idea where to start…things were so different now. Frances had always supported her own family and was desperate to do so again.
Thankfully Frances was able to access the Making it Work programme and with career guidance from a trained advisor she was able to think about a career very different from her previous role - childminding.
Previously Frances had used childcare for her own children to allow her to work however, as a childminder Frances could provide a much needed quality service to other working parents and look after her own children at the same time. Frances contacted programme’s dedicated Making it Work Childminding Development Officer, Jacqui, who guided her through the childminding registration process from start to finish. Frances received support with form filling, risk assessments, fire safety plans, policies and procedures, child development plans and so much more. Thanks to the programme and with Jacqui’s help Frances felt confident about the future again.
Frances also attended SCMA Induction training which was a daunting prospect at first as she had not set foot inside a classroom environment for over 26 years. However she found herself inspired by the training and this confirmed that childminding was the career for her.
Thanks to the Making it Work programme, Frances is confidently looking forward to a long and successful career in childminding supported by the fact that Jacqui and SCMA are only a phone call away.