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e-Learning from SCMA “expanded my knowledge”

e-Learning from SCMA “expanded my knowledge”

SCMA’s e-Learning is receiving high praise from our members who are learning more about their profession and incorporating new ideas into their childminding service.

Kirsten Henry, a childminder and SCMA member from Edinburgh said: “Thank you very much for introducing e-Learning. I’ve just completed the four courses and found them all to be very informative and easy to use.

“The courses have definitely expanded my knowledge of all the subjects covered, and I will be putting many of the things I’ve learned into practice. So, I’ve added lots of new items to my ‘To Do List’.

“I’m looking forward to completing more courses using e-Learning in the future.”

At SCMA we understand how important training is to our members; however it can be tough to find the time: e-Learning is the solution.

e-Learning gives you the freedom to learn with SCMA at a time that suits you, your family and your business.

We currently offer four workshops as e-Learning:

• Safe and Secure: Child Protection
• Child Led Planning
• Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC)
• Infection Prevention and Control in Childcare Settings
SCMA is also pleased to announce that four NEW e-Learning courses will be available in the autumn.  The first two workshops, due to be available online later this year are:

• Successful Learners, Confident Children
• Independence and Self Esteem

Two additional courses are yet to be confirmed, but don’t worry we’ll keep you posted.

Stay tuned to our News pages, Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest news and updates.

Read more about SCMA’s e-Learning or call our Training Team on 01786 445377/option3.


SCMA's Diary

College Childcare Payments: an update

This week, I attended an initial meeting with the Scottish Funding Council to find out if SCMA can help and guide an improved method for colleges to administer childcare costs to parents who are students.

Thanks to your input and the survey responses from 143 members, I presented your feedback to the Scottish Funding Council, which helped to clarify the issues.

I put forward two suggestions: 

direct payments for childcare provider
a specialised voucher scheme.

It was determined that setting up a procedure for direct payments to the childcare provider would not be possible. This was because it would be too complex to administer especially where there are a number of childcare providers associated with the one family, i.e. a childminder and a nursery.  

Alternatively, I suggested a voucher scheme – similar to the current childcare voucher scheme that many parents and childminders already use to pay and collect fees. This would ensure that funding from the college would go directly to the childcare provider via a specific voucher.

The Council were interested in this idea and will look into it further.  SCMA will provide additional support to the Council to assist with their investigations.

I also suggested that some form of deposit could be arranged in order to cover the time between a placement starting to when the funding is in place. 

The current system is just as confusing for parents and does not work well for colleges so I'm sure that improvements can be made.

We all agreed that it would help if information was available to both students and childcare providers, regarding the college’s terms and conditions. Hopefully this will be the first thing to happen.

I will keep you posted with how things are progressing. Stay tuned to

In the meantime, if you know of a college childcare payment system that is already successful, please let me know. Email your ideas to



Maggie Simpson
SCMA Chief Executive

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