A SCHEME to help train childcare workers has won backing from a £1m "treasure chest".
The Progressing Playwork project trains staff who run breakfast clubs in schools, after-school care and holiday play schemes for children aged from four to 14.
The scheme is run by Kirklees Council's Early Years Service and Green Door, an independent childcare services organisation supporting local authorities across Yorkshire.
The cash is to come from the Theme Chest, which is managed by Huddersfield-based Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.
The Aspley-based chamber was appointed to run the Theme Chest by the West Yorkshire Learning and Skills Council.
The Theme Chest has £1m available to fund schemes encouraging more people in work to gain qualifications and open up fresh employment opportunities.
Lynette Lee, a director of Green Door, said: "The funding is vital to train both new recruits and those already employed but not holding a qualification.
"It has also enabled us to help playworkers who have limited experience of applying for jobs to raise awareness of the work options open to them and to build their confidence."
Stuart Foster, Theme Chest manager at the chamber, said: "The Progressive Playwork project will provide the opportunity for individuals to achieve nationally recognised qualifications."