Early learning and childcare across Glasgow is changing, and as a result, creating new opportunities for everyone.
Over the next two years the council and our partners are looking to recruit more than 1000 staff into early learning and childcare roles from all walks of life and from various pathways - from school leavers, modern apprentices, college students, graduates, current child development officers and career changers!
These are new jobs being created in every corner of our city, boosting the economy in all of Glasgow's communities.
The extra staff are needed to meet the demand of families with three and four year olds and eligible two year olds who will be entitled to 1140 hours of free early learning and childcare by 2020 - double the current statutory level of 600 hours.
Increasing the amount of funded hours, will help us to make sure we offer our youngest citizens the very best possible start in life.
This is the largest expansion plan in early years for decades and Glasgow's plans to meet the new national entitlement of 1140hrs by 2020 are well underway to expand nursery provision and flexibility with a number of our nurseries and partners already offering the free hours to parents and carers.
The plans include investment in new nurseries, refurbishments of existing provision and working in partnership with the private, voluntary and third sector.
It also involves working alongside college and higher education sectors to make sure there are more student placements available to help recruit students once they graduate.
This is a really exciting time for early years in Glasgow.
As Annemarie O'Donnell, Glasgow City Council's Chief Executive explains: "Over the next few years, early learning and childcare across Glasgow will be changing for the better. We want to make sure we offer the highest quality, flexible service we can to Glasgow's children and families and that's only possible if we've got the highly trained, skilled staff. Now's the time to think whether you'd like to kick start your career in early years."
There are so many different ways to be a part of early years in Glasgow - and there has never been a better time to think about embarking on an early year's career with fantastic progression routes.
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Glasgow colleges have numerous, flexible courses for school leavers and people at all stages of their career.
The council also has bespoke initiatives that are aimed specifically to encourage adult returners and men into early learning and childcare careers.
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