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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

SCMA Campaign Update
College Childcare Payments

At SCMA we know that many childminders are facing problems with failed or late payments from colleges. We understand that you rely on these fees being paid in full and on the agreed date and we’re keen to stress this to MSPs and the colleges involved.

I’d like to thank all the members who took part in our College Childcare Payment survey.  To quantify the problem and back-up our case, we needed to collect your responses and use them as evidence. 

Following discussions with Policy Executives at the Scottish Government, the Childcare Fund guidance for colleges will be revised this year and emphasise the college’s responsibility to ensure that students are passing the money directly to their childcare provider.

The issue will also be raised at an upcoming meeting of college representatives to ensure your problems and the evidence we have collected is highlighted. 

Regardless of our campaign, it’s important that you have the correct knowledge and tools to ensure your childminding business does not suffer.  To help, SCMA has developed a ‘College Childcare Payments’ briefing sheet that you can download from the Members’ Zone.

This information sheet will explain the importance of contracts, clarify who is responsible for the payment of fees at the start of the agreement and give you tips on how to avoid the potential pitfalls.

Slowly but surely, progress is being made and it is hoped that the current procedures will improve.


Maggie Simpson
SCMA Chief Executive

p.s. Remember to download and read our College Childcare Payments briefing sheet, available from the Members’ Zone.

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