Hertfordshire helps parents back into work
Published: 08 Mar 2017
Hertfordshire County Council was successful in trialling the Government's 30 hours free childcare scheme in four small areas of the county and has already supported over 480 parents to obtain a place for their child.
As part of the trial Youth Connexions Hertfordshire has also been supporting parents who would like to return to work, which in turn would enable them to access the 30 hours free childcare for their three and four year old when it launches nationally in September 2017.
Since 1 September 2016, Hertfordshire County Council’s Youth Connexions has supported over 60 parents on their journey back into employment, with over 21 parents having a work experience placement and 10 parents successfully gaining work.
Richard Roberts, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “These placements have been a great way of supporting parent’s back in to work. They can then benefit from the 30 hours free childcare which helps them give their child a great start in life.
“Early education has a number of benefits for children and provides a great foundation for learning, and it can have a positive effect on academic achievement later in a child’s school life.”
Samantha, a parent from Hertfordshire, said: “I heard about the support offered by Hertfordshire County Council from Holly Blue Children’s Centre in Baldock. The work experience placement was a good match, links to my qualifications and fits around school hours. I am really surprised that the work experience placement resulted in a job; I didn’t expect to find such a perfect fit.
“It is important to be open to opportunities and I have realised that there are companies out there that recognise the value of part-time employees. I am now working part-time for 25 hours a week. I absolutely would encourage others to use this support and I have spoken to other parents and recommended they go along to the children’s centre for this support.”
More information on the 30 hours free childcare can be found on the website at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/parents