People who start or who currently work in care in North Lincolnshire will be able to benefit from free childcare, thanks to Government cash.

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

Now, thanks to a scheme organised by North Lincolnshire Council, it is even easier to get started.

Anyone who takes up, or is currently employed in a care role, helping residents to live independently in their own home, will receive funded childcare up to 31 March 2022.

After receiving a job offer from a homecare provider, the applicant will be able to obtain childcare at a local setting. To find out more about the process and the local childcare settings, contact the Early Years Team by emailing: eef@northlincs.gov.uk.

The scheme is part of North Lincolnshire’s biggest ever recruitment drive for care workers.

The Proud to Care North Lincolnshire website, is on hand to help at every stage of the job seeking process, from finding out what it is like to work in care and applying for jobs to preparing for interviews and accessing training and development in your new role.

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

“There are lots of kind and compassionate people across North Lincolnshire who may be considering working in care, but who are prevented from doing this by meeting childcare costs.

“This is a fantastic scheme that removes this barrier, making it even easier for local people to start or return to employment.

“We have had unprecedented levels of Government support through the pandemic and we are allocating this cash to enable more people to stay safe and well.

“I would encourage people to visit the Proud to Care website and find out more about the exciting opportunities that are available in North Lincolnshire.”

Supporting someone in their home, care workers make a huge difference to people’s lives, helping with activities including preparing meals and administering medication.

Rachel, 34, started her career in care at the age of 18, after finishing school and never looked back.

“When I lost my grandma, care work was something I wanted to do. Helping individuals to live the best life possible is so rewarding.”

“I love my job, because, working with people, they become your second family. I look forward to coming to work; the bonds that you build with people, the relationships and making someone feel valued makes a difference to me.”

“If I can sum up what I do in one word, it would be “amazing”.

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

Funded childcare subject to availability. It is anticipated that following the grant scheme childcare funding will be accessed through the benefit system depending on eligibility.