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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

Reforming Childcare in Scotland: the Debate

On a very wet evening in Edinburgh, I attended the debate at Scottish Parliament on reforming childcare in Scotland.  We all know that childcare needs to move with the times.  Parents tell us they find it too expensive yet those providing the service, including childminders find it increasingly hard to make ends meet.  The question though is how can it be improved? 

An impressive line up of MSPs from the various parties were there to answer questions.  My concern was how we ensure that there are a diverse range of services available in the future.  This is particularly as there is a potential expansion in local authority provision. This though is only the start of the discussions and SCMA will continue to work with the alliance to ensure a good representation about childminding.  In fact childminding got a very good press from the MSPs so I am optimistic that family based services within the community are very valued.


Maggie Simpson
SCMA Chief Executive

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