A NEW National Early Years Enterprise Centre will be established in Huddersfield.
The move for a purpose-built childcare and nursery training and education centre follows a £1.75m investment from Yorkshire Forward.
The Development Agency will fund the building of the new centre at the Bradley Business Park off Bradley Road.
The centre aims to help workers in childcare to develop to a professional level through a range of training initiatives and events, including the delivery of the new Early Years Professional Status programme. It is expected thousands of early years workers will be trained in Huddersfield.
The Government's Children's Workforce Strategy sets out the aim for an early years professional to be in every Sure Start children's centre offering full daycare by 2010 and in every full daycare setting by 2015.
The new Early Years Professionals, who will be equivalent in professional status to a qualified teacher, will improve the care that under fives receive. The Bradley centre will see the National Day Nurseries Association working with the Open University as the national provider for EYPS.
The National Early Years Enterprise Centre will include:
* A business unit to provide business support for existing day nurseries
* An academy which will support workforce development through accredited and non-accredited development professional programmes
* National headquarters for the National Day Nurseries Association currently in Brighouse.
The centre has also been supported by £300,000 funding from Kirklees Council.
Plans to develop the centre were first announced by Margaret Hodge when she was Minister for Children, Young People and Families.
She said: "I am delighted at the commitment Yorkshire Forward is showing to the Government's agenda for children and families in working with NDNA to develop a National Early Years Enterprise Centre."