Start your career in care today: popular free childcare for care workers scheme extended

People, Health and Care
14:31, Wednesday, 4th May 2022

Even more care workers across North Lincolnshire will be able to benefit from free childcare this year, boosting health and wellbeing, quality of life and workforce capacity across the sector.

The innovative scheme, which was first introduced in August last year, has proved so successful that it is being extended to 31 December 2022.

In the last six months alone, the Government funded scheme enabled more than 6,800 hours of additional care to be created.

Working in care is a varied and hugely rewarding role, offering flexible hours and opportunities for career progression.

Now, anyone who takes up or is currently employed in a care role is eligible to receive funded childcare.

After receiving a job offer from a provider, the applicant will be able to select a childcare setting of their choice.

The free childcare is part of North Lincolnshire’s Proud to Care campaign, the region’s biggest ever recruitment drive for care workers.

The Proud to Care website makes it easy for users to see the exciting range of care jobs are available and access support and guidance.

As well as this the campaign also champions the vital role that care workers play, helping North Lincolnshire’s vulnerable residents to stay safe, well and independent.

Cllr Richard Hannigan, deputy leader of North Lincolnshire Council and cabinet member for adults and health, said:

“This is a fantastic, forward-thinking scheme that has enabled hundreds more people to discover the life changing difference a career in care can have, both for the care worker and their clients.

“As well as helping people to start or return to employment, it has also boosted the capacity across the care sector in North Lincolnshire, helping to ensure that residents receive the best possible levels of care.

“I would encourage anyone looking for a job where they can make a real difference to take advantage of this brilliant free childcare offer, visit the Proud to Care website and find out more about the host of opportunities that are available in North Lincolnshire.”

Speaking about the positive impact the free childcare scheme has had on their family life, one local care worker, said:

“The scheme allowed me to work more hours, this has had a positive impact on my income and quality of life. Now I do not have to leave the office and can continue doing valuable work coordinating service user runs.”

To find and apply for the latest local care jobs, visit the Proud to Care North Lincolnshire website.

Funded childcare is subject to availability.