NEW Childminder Recruitment Campaign

***Thank you for your interest in becoming a childminder as part of the Scottish Rural Childminding Partnership (SRCP) pilot project, led by SCMA. All spaces have now been allocated, but there may still be other sources of funding available to you.

Visit our ‘Become a childminder’ page for lots more information including FAQs and to download your free ‘Becoming a Childminder: Step-by-Step Guide’. You can also give our helpline a call on 01786 449063 (Mon – Fri, 10am-4pm).***

The Scottish Rural Childminding Partnership (SRCP) pilot project, led by SCMA, is supporting the recruitment and training of more than 100 new professional childminders in rural and remote communities within ten areas of Scotland (see focus areas below), which have been identified as having an urgent need for more high-quality, flexible childcare.

Professional childminding is a very rewarding career – welcoming children into your home to provide high quality, nurturing childcare to help children grow and develop. Childminders come from a wide range of backgrounds, many choosing to join the profession to start a new career which enables them to combine running a business with caring for their own children.

Would you like...

to work with children and support families in your local community?
a new career that fits around you and caring for your own family?
to contribute to children’s development, learning and wellbeing?
to run your own business from home?
Yes? Then professional childminding could be a fantastic new opportunity for you!
I would encourage anyone who is passionate about working with children and thinking of a career change to go for it! Becoming a childminder meant I could also be there for my own family as they were growing up - and earn an income. It was a light-bulb moment for me and completely changed my life. It’s a world away from my previous job in finance and my long commute to work!
Liz Taylor runs a successful childminding business in the Scottish Borders.

“I have felt incredibly supported by SCMA throughout the process of becoming a childminder. The one-to-one support I’ve received in person and online has been fantastic and has made everything straightforward. Staff at SCMA have been so approachable, I know if I have any questions I can just pick up the phone. I’m really excited to start a new career and for the opportunity to work with children, as it will also enable me to be there for my own boys too. I can’t wait to get my childminding setting up and running!”

Michelle McBurnie from Dumfries and Galloway, recently applied to become a childminder via the SRCP recruitment pilot.

The Scottish Rural Childminding Partnership is funded by Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE), South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE), Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and Scottish Government.

All participants who successfully enrol onto this pilot project from 1 April 2022 will benefit from:

FREE induction training, one-to-one support and your first year of SCMA membership

All participants on the project will be enrolled onto SCMA’s induction training programme, which will guide you through every stage of the registration process and establishing your business. You will also be assigned a dedicated member of the SCMA team who will provide one-to-one support, every step of the way.

In addition, once induction has been completed and you are fully registered with the Care Inspectorate, you will automatically qualify for a full year of free membership with SCMA, which entitles you to a whole range of exclusive benefits.

FREE start-up package of three childminding-specific training courses

Once induction training has been completed and you have applied for registration with the Care Inspectorate and HMRC, you will be provided with further training from SCMA to help equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to build a successful career in childminding.

You will have free access to the following essential e-learning courses:

£750 Business Start-Up Grant *

Another benefit once you have completed your induction training and are fully registered with the Care Inspectorate and HMRC, is the awarding of a grant to enable you to start preparing your home ready for your new business venture.

This will provide a helpful contribution towards any essential costs, equipment and resources that you need to establish your high-quality childcare setting.

*The value of the grant may vary in Argyll & Bute and Orkney.

Funding via the SRCP initiative is available from 1 April 2022 to support people to become a childminder in the specific communities within the ten defined areas of Scotland. This offer is currently available in the following areas

click on the area that you live in for more information, including how many funded spaces are available and how to register your interest for one of them


Who is running this campaign and how is it being funded?
Who can apply – do I need any qualifications?
I live in one of the ten main geographical areas, but not within one of the listed targets within it, can I still apply?
What can the Business Start-up Grant be used for and when will I receive this?
How long will it take to become a childminder?
How can I find out more about what it’s like to be a childminder?
When is funding available from?

Any enquiries regarding this pilot project can be emailed to