Thinking about becoming a childminder?

Funding, training and support is available to help set up your new business from home.

Why become a childminder?

By joining this hugely fulfilling profession, you’ll not only be providing high-quality, nurturing childcare, you’ll also benefit from the flexibility and freedom that professional childminding can offer.

Many people choose childminding as a career as it combines earning an income whilst caring for their own children.
  • Funded training and support
  • Be your own boss
  • Work from your own home
  • A career that can fit around you and your family
  • Support your community and help future generations
"Childminding was perfect for me…it’s completely flexible, you can work it around what you want to do, and your own children. If anyone is thinking about being a childminder, I would say just do it – go for it!"
Emma Duncan
Register your interest and find out more about becoming a childminder, with our FREE 'Becoming a childminder' guide
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We provide dedicated support and training for all successfully enrolled participants
FREE induction training, one-to-one support and your first year of SCMA membership
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All participants on the project will be enrolled onto SCMA's induction training, 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
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Once induction training has been completed and you have applied for registration with the Care Inspectorate, you will have access to the following three e-learning courses from SCMA to help equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to build a successful career in childminding.

£750* Business Start-Up Grant *
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Once you have completed registration with the Care Inspectorate, it is likely you will want to start getting your home ready to establish your high quality, nurturing childminding setting. 

This may involve buying equipment and resources and other set-up costs, so you will have access to a £750 Business Start-Up Grant* to reimburse you for some purchases - up to the value of the grant.

Terms and conditions apply and proof of purchase will be required – all of which we will chat through with you.

* Minimum amount, the value of the grant may vary in some local authority areas.

Can I apply?

You are welcome to register your interest to join this childminder recruitment programme if you:

  • live in one of the local authorities listed and, where appropriate, within one of the specific communities being targeted
  • can evidence that you have the legal right to live and work in the UK and
  • are able to commit to establishing your new childminding business within the next few months

Please note that some local authority areas may have further eligibility criteria such as being a parent of dependent children (aged under 16). More details will be provided once you have been in touch.
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Take the first steps to your rewarding new career

How do I get started?

The first step to becoming a childminder is to submit the enquiry form and you will then be able to download and read our FREE step-by-step guide to 'Becoming a Childminder'.             

We will then send an email to you with further information and next steps. 
"Working with children is something that I knew I would love and I'm delighted that I finally found my route into this!"
Linsey Paul
Linsey Paul
"I felt so supported by the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) throughout the registration process."
Skye Jolly
Skye Jolly

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Thank you to all funders and partners involved in the Scottish Childminding Partnership