Professional childminders work from their own home to provide a flexible, high quality childcare service in a family setting.

Being cared for by a childminder gives children the opportunity to learn from real-life experiences. Everyday activities like going to the shops, involvement in school pick-ups, family meal-times and visits to the park all teach children valuable life skills.

Why should I become a childminder?

Childminding is a hugely rewarding career that provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Contribute to children’s development, learning and wellbeing
  • Provide a valuable, professional childcare service for your community
  • Develop new skills and qualifications
  • Be your own boss, from your own home
  • Earn money while working around your family’s needs


Don’t just take our word for it! Find out why Karen from Fife says that choosing childminding as a career “ticks all the boxes”. Read more

How do I get started?

The first step to becoming a childminder is to download and read our ‘Becoming a Childminder’ step-by-step guide! Simply submit this online form, and we’ll email the Guide to you.

Once you’ve read it thoroughly and all the associated links, you’ll feel more confident about starting your new career in childminding. Keep it handy so that you can refer back to it again if you need it!



Free Download: Guide to becoming a Childminder
An overview of all things childminding including the role of childminders and a step by step guide to registering with the Care Inspectorate.
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Training to become a childminder 

All childminders in Scotland need to be registered by the Care Inspectorate. It usually takes three to six months to become registered, and during this time you will be expected to complete childminding induction training.

SCMA has a proven track record in delivering induction training and learning as part of our Childminding Induction Support Programme, which is available as online e-Learning or as interactive learning. Read more about the Childminding Induction Support Programme

The Childminding Induction Support Programme costs £200. You may be able to access this programme for FREE by applying for an Individual Training Account (ITA), and you can check if you’re eligible for an ITA here or apply for an ITA today

For further information, please call all our Learn with SCMA team on 01786 445377 or the SCMA Helpline on 01786 449063.


Your Q&As

We understand that you will have lots of questions about becoming a childminder. If you can’t find what you are looking for in ‘Becoming a Childminder: Your Step-by-Step Guide.’ please browse our Q&As below.

For all other enquiries, please do give the SCMA Helpline a call on 01786 449063 (Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm) and we will be happy to help. No question is too big…or too small!!

Getting Started

Q. Where do I start?
Q. Do I need any qualifications or training to become a childminder?
Q. How many children can I care for at one time?
Q. My home is quite small, and I don’t have a garden, is this ok?

Registering to Become a Childminder

Q. How do I register to become a childminder?
Q: Should I complete the Care Inspectorate application form first?
Q. How long does it take to become a childminder?
Q. Do I need a PVG to become a childminder?
Q. What about fire safety – do I need to do anything?
Q. Are there any publications that I’ll find useful as a childminder?

Business Side of Childminding

Q. How much does it cost to become a childminder?
Q. How much will I earn as a childminder?
Q. Is there any financial help available?
Q. Am I entitled to sick leave and maternity pay?
Q. When do I become a member of SCMA and purchase insurance?

Training to Become a Childminder

Q. Do I need to complete induction training?
Q. How much does induction cost?
Q. How do I book induction?
Q. What does the Childminding Induction Support Programme include?
Q. When will I receive my Strong Foundations Pack?
Q: How long does the Childminding Induction Support Programme take to complete?
Q. I already have experience of working with children, do I need to do induction?
Q: If I complete the Childminding Induction Support Programme before submitting my application form to the Care Inspectorate can I go back and read through the course again?
Q: Can I do the e-Learning on my mobile phone? Do I need any special software to access the Childminding Induction Support Programme e-Learning course?
Q: I’m not great with technology. Will I be able to use the e-Learning programme?

Fund your Learning

Q: What is an ITA account and how long does it take to get one?
Q. Am I eligible for an ITA?
Q. How to do I apply for an ITA?
Q. What happens after I apply?
Q. Do I need to prove my income?