Childcare Providers vMeet Success
On Wednesday 24th June, the first Childcare Providers South Wales vMeet took place. The online meeting was arranged by Educ8 Group and saw 27 businesses from the Childcare Provider sector across South Wales accept invitations to attend and discuss the challenges presented by COVID-19, share ideas and receive advice and guidance from a range of subject experts.
The vMeet, using Zoom, was hosted by Rhiannon Fletcher, National Account Manager for the Educ8 Group, who introduced Jane O’Toole, Clybiau Plant Cymru Kids’ Clubs. Jane gave a real insight in to the discussions that are taking place between the sector and the government and the likely impact of COVID-19 on the childcare sector.
Elaine Jones, Early Years Wales, gave invaluable advice to the assembled business owners and managers on how to prepare prior to re-opening and maintain a hygienic environment when operating in a post-COVID19 world.
To provide advice on the help and support programs that are available to all businesses in Wales, Rik Sellwood, Business Wales, brought his considerable knowledge and expertise to proceedings. Rik detailed the grants, loans and support programs being supplied by national and local governments and 3rd party organisations and explained how and where to access such programs. Feedback from the group was that this was an extremely valuable session which helped to cut through the masses of often confusing information in the public domain.
Training and development of staff is of critical importance to the sector. Emma McCutcheon of the Educ8 Group led a session to explain how COVID-19 had impacted on the delivery of training to the Childcare sector and how the delivery of apprenticeships is likely to change in the future to reflect the new reality of a post-COVID19 world. Emma, and Educ8 Group CEO, Grant Santos, emphasised to those assembled that a ‘blended’ approach to training would be required in the future where technology and remote learning would play a bigger part but would not replace traditional one-to-one training methods. Tim Barnett emphasised the importance of business owners in the sector feeding back to training providers how they would like training to be delivered to their staff after lockdown, so that new training delivery methods can be designed hand-in-glove with what the sector needs and requirements are.
There was a real sense that the sector was pulling together as a communityto share ideas and practises and help each other through these extremelychallenging times.
The vMeet was recorded for those who were unable to attend and can be viewed here