Want guidance to keep business going strong? Need help when things go wrong? SCMA is the first stop for support for Scotland's childminders.
The Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) is the only organisation dedicated to supporting childminders in Scotland.
Our main aim is to promote childminding as a quality childcare service. We do this in part by helping SCMA childminders to be the best they can be.
Around 80% of Scotland’s childminders are members of SCMA. As a member, you’ll be part of something bigger than your own business.
Our commitment to members
SCMA gives our members a place to turn for help. We work with organisations such as the Care Inspectorate and HMRC to make sure our advice is accurate.
We’ll update you on current regulations. SCMA also influences change at government level to help make sure that new legislation fits our members’ needs.
Become a member now...
SCMA’s Community Childminding Service provides short-term childcare for families in need. In 2011, we received funding from Inspiring Scotland to operate our Community Childminding Service in Stirling and Fife. The initiative goes from strength to strength and has helped over 350 families so far.
To find out more about Community Childminding download our booklet
or call us on 01786 445377
SCMA is the voice of Scottish childminding. We work with our members to promote childminding as a quality childcare service.
All that we do is targeted towards achieving our Vision:
“Quality childminding… building confident children within a family childcare experience.”
How SCMA is run
SCMA was established in 1985 and became an independent organisation in 1990. SCMA is a company limited by guarantee as well as a charity.
Leading the way is our Board of Directors. Together they represent Scotland’s 32 local authorities. Most are working childminders themselves. So they understand how the issues of the day impact on our members.
Along with other volunteers and staff, and SCMA members, our Board shape SCMA policy, share knowledge and provide training. Our overall aim is always the same: to improve outcomes for Scotland’s children.
SCMA is a not-for-profit organisation, so we keep our costs down. Any money we make goes towards continuing our work
– and helping you.
- Raising the profile of childminding and the work of the Association
- Continuing to improve the quality of childminding
- Recruiting and retaining professional, quality childminders
Find out how we're working towards our Key Priorities. Download our Strategic Plan
and Annual Report
Every month SCMA staff and Elected Members are out and about, tackling the issues that affect childminders. See where we’ve been on your behalf this week.
Read SCMA's Diary...