The NEW Childminding Induction Support Programme costs £200.00 and can be funded with an Individual Training Account (ITA) or self-pay with a credit/debit card.
The Childminding Induction Support Programme will guide you through the process of becoming a childminder, enabling you to provide a positive learning environment so that children in your care will be able to progress in all aspects of their development. The programme includes:
An Individual Training Account (ITA) is available to help people develop the skills they need for work. Funding from Skills Development Scotland is delivered via ITAs, which give learners who meet the eligibility criteria up to £200 towards a single course or programme each year. And because it’s not a loan, you don’t need to pay the money back. To apply for an ITA, learners must:
PLEASE NOTE | Due to essential maintenance work, the Individual Training Account (ITA) system that SCMA uses to process applications will be unavailable from 11am on Thursday 29 March until 9am on Thursday 5 April. If any ITA applicants submit their application during this time they will not receive a response until after Thursday 5 April. There may also be associated delays in dealing with enquiries and applications while we deal with the backlog. In advance, we apologise on behalf on Skills Development Scotland for any inconvenience.
The Care Inspectorate expect you to complete Childminding Induction Learning before you become fully registered as a childminder. SCMA has a proven track record in delivering Childminding Induction Learning.
The Childminding Induction Learning Course (part of the Childminding Induction Support Programme) is split up into nine modules, delivered across three interactive sessions or online via an easy-to-use e-Learning platform, which allows you to work at a time and pace to suit you. The Childminding Induction Learning Course includes:
Remember, the Childminding Induction Support Programme is designed to support you through every stage of the application process and beyond and includes universal and tailored support from the team at SCMA and the opportunity to achieve an SCMA Accredited Open Badge.
Can’t attend a Childminding Induction Learning Course?
Then remember there is an easy to navigate e-Learning platform.
Call our Learn with SCMA team on 01786 445377 to find out more.
The Strong Foundations Pack is included in the Childminding Induction Support Programme and 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:
A comprehensive step-by-step guide to Care Inspectorate registration process, developed for potential childminders in Scotland. 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.
All the fundamental information about childminding and the early years sector, helping childminders of the future provide the best possible outcomes for their minded children. It will help you to build strong foundations for your professional growth and for sustaining a successful childminding service.
As a childminder you are required to provide a safe and healthy environment for the children in your care. Our guidance to help you create a welcoming, low-risk, healthy childminding environment within your own home.
As a childminder you will be self-employed and therefore required to keep business records. We will guide you through the business side of childminding covering everything from cash flow and expenses, to contracts and effective communications with parents.
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.
Childminding Induction Support Programme participants will be provided with a support system from SCMA – experts in childminding across Scotland. Our website (childminding.org) and our Helpline (01786 449063 Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm) are useful tools for potential childminders to access. Our experienced trainers are equipped to answer your questions, allay your concerns and initiate discussion. In addition, SCMA works closely with the Care Inspectorate and an Inspector is invited to attend the first session of the interactive Childminding Induction Learning Course. This is designed to make participants familiar with the role of the Care Inspectorate and the registration process. This also gives you a chance to pose your specific questions to the Inspector in person.
All participants who complete the Childminding Induction Support Programme will be invited to apply for a SCMA Accredited Open Badge. Accredited Open Badges are digital certificates of accomplishment, skills and qualities that encompass formal and informal learning. The Learn with SCMA team will provide support and guidance when participants apply and complete an Open Badge application, helping you to achieve a virtual badge to evidence your learning.
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. The cost of becoming a member of SCMA is £62.00 for the first year, so once you have successfully completed the Childminding Induction Support Programme you are offered membership at a cost of £27.
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.