Last reviewed 18 November 2021

A new training programme has been launched to support adults and young people to gain the relevant skills and qualifications needed to work in the early years sector.

Funded by the Mayor of London and the European Social Fund, the Pan London Early Years Sector Skills (PLEYSS) training programme aims to develop skills within the early years sector in London and tackle the rise in unfilled vacancies in childcare settings.

Open to those aged 16 and upwards who are unemployed and living in London, the programme offers two different learning routes. One option is available for those wishing to pursue home-based childcare, such as childminders or nannies, and the other route is for those looking to work in a nursery setting.

Upon completion of the course, learners will have a recognised qualification and will be guaranteed an interview at the end of their training and six months of mentoring.

The PLEYSS training programme aims to diversify the early years sector workforce and equip learners with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to progress into full-time employment.

Joanne McCartney, Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare, said:

“High quality early years provision is crucial to providing children with the best start in life. From childminders to nursery workers, all early years practitioners play a vital role in supporting young children and their parents. Many have continued this incredible work throughout the pandemic, in the face of great challenges.

“However, we know the sector is suffering from a significant skills shortage and that many vacancies in early years settings are going unfilled. That’s why I’m pleased that City Hall has partnered with the European Social Fund to invest in the Pan London Early Years Sector Skills training programme. This important initiative will help attract new practitioners and provide them with the key skills and qualifications needed for a rewarding career working with young children.”

Further information on the PLEYSS training programme is available here.