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Childminding Week 2017

8-14 May | Six days to celebrate Scotland’s quality childminders and one Wild Day Out!

Childminding Week is almost upon us and this year we want all our childminder members to come together and help raise the profile of childminding in Scotland.

This is an exciting time for childminding in Scotland, and we hope 2017 will be another successful year. We'll be working hard to improve the recognition of childminders nationwide and within the Early Learning and Childcare workforce.

It's vitally important that childminders are recognised more widely as a valuable part of the professional childcare workforce. Already providing high quality, flexible care and learning experiences for more than 30,000 children across Scotland.

Download SCMA's Childminding Week 2017 toolkit. SCMA members will receive a copy our toolkit - packed with ideas, activities and exclusive offers - alongside the spring issue of your Childminding magazine.

We need YOU! #CheerforChildminding

SCMA is asking for your help - we want you to get excited, have fun and celebrate the fantastic work you do for your minded children. You can join the Childminding Week conversation by sharing your activities and fun ideas with us.

Whether you are a large childminding group hosting a Childminding Week funday, or a solo childminder taking part in a special messy play activity within your setting – this is your chance to shine and #CheerforChildminding. Send us your photos and we’ll share them across Scotland.

If we all cheer together, we'll make a bigger noise!

SCMA members will receive our exclusive Childminding Week 2017 toolkit alongside the spring issue of your Childminding magazine. Inside the pack we'll explain our key aims, messages and tools to help you #CheerforChildminding. We’ve also got some great prizes and exclusive offers for SCMA members to enjoy during Childminding Week this year.

Childminding Week 2017 | Our Key Messages

  • Childminders offer quality flexible childcare options, tailored to each child's individual needs to benefit their overall wellbeing.
  • Childminders stimulate children's learning, development and wellbeing, helping them to achieve their potential and ultimately close the attainment gap for Scotland's children.
  • Childminders are registered and inspected by the Care Inspectorate, who found that the quality of childminding services exceed that of daycare service for children.
  • Childminders encourage children to learn, grow and develop as they experience the world through everyday activities.
  • Childminders provide a constant support to families and children through transitions, providing a 'seamless' day for children. Security, stability and consistent care are key.
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Childminding Day 2017