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Become a Childminder


You’ll probably have lots of questions about how to get started. SCMA experts have written a Guide to Becoming a Childminder in partnership with the Care Inspectorate, to give you some of the answers. We’ll help you get everything you need to get your business off to a safe, sustainable start.

Download our guide to Becoming a Childminder

Induction Training Costs

Our Induction Training workshop will cost £110.00. When you attend this training you are given a Strong Foundations Pack worth £35.00.
Our Induction Training e-Learning will cost £90.00. When you attend this training you are given a Strong Foundations Pack worth £35.00

Becoming a member of SCMA

The cost of becoming a member of SCMA is £62.00 for the first year. If you have completed Induction Training you are eligible for a £35 discount off your first year of membership, ie you are offered membership at a cost of £27.

PLI Insurance

To be sure that you, your business, and the children you care for are covered you need insurance. Public Liability Insurance Cover with SCMA will cost £35.00 per year.

Induction Training

The Care Inspectorate expect you to complete Induction Training before you become fully registered as a childminder. SCMA’s Induction Training helps you build strong foundations and establish a quality childminding service. Our interactive training programme covers everything you need to know to set up and run a childminding business, including:

  • the law relating to childminding.
  • the Care Inspectorate application process.
  • how to best meet the needs of children in your care.
  • the business side of childminding – everything from contracts to cashbooks.

SCMA Induction Training is designed to support you through every stage of the application process and beyond.

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Can’t attend our Induction Training?

There are two ways to complete SCMA Induction Training: workshop or e-Learning.

Call our Learn with SCMA team on 01786 445377 to find out more.

As part of Induction Training you’ll receive a Strong Foundations Pack. The Pack gives you all the information you need to get started, and includes a £35 discount towards your SCMA membership.

Strong Foundations

The Strong Foundations Pack has been developed by SCMA to help you through the Care Inspectorate registration process and into your first year as a childminder. You’ll find all the information you need, divided into four handy sections:

Road to Registration

Road to Registration

All childminders in Scotland are registered by the Care Inspectorate. This handy step-by-step guide will help you to complete your Care Inspectorate application form. Remember if you need any help we're only a phone call away. Our Helpline team can be reached on 01786 449063, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.

Laying your Strong Foundations

Strong Foundations

This pack contains everything you need to know in your first year about building a successful career in childminding. Divided into handy sections the pack will help you make an informed choice about childminding being right for you. It will help you to build strong foundations for your professional growth and for sustaining a successful childminding service.

Providing a Safe and Healthy Environment

Providing a Safe and Healthy Environment

As a childminder you are required to provide a safe and healthy environment for the children in your care. Learn everything you need to know to turn your home into a low risk, healthy childminding environment.

Professional Approach

A Professional Approach

As a childminder you are required to keep business records. Our guide to the business side of childminding covers contracts, cash flow and communicating with parents - all you need for a professional approach to your business.

Developed to support you through every stage of the application process and beyond, our Strong Foundations Pack will be your best friend through registration and into your new career as a childminder.

Once you’ve completed registration you’ll want to become a SCMA member and take advantage of our benefits. As an added extra, our Strong Foundation Pack also includes a £35 discount towards the cost of your SCMA membership to help you spread the cost.

Strong Foundations Pack

To book Induction Training please give us a call on 01786 445377