SCMA Annual Conference 2018
Reach for the Stars

Do you work in the childcare sector? Then put a date in the diary to attend the SCMA Annual Conference: Reach for the Stars, which is taking place at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow on Saturday 29 September 2018.

Reach for the Stars will be the major childminding conference in 2018, designed to support childminders and the talented professionals working in the Early Learning and Childcare sector in Scotland.  A range of inspiring speakers will motivate and engage with our audience and, as SCMA deliver national award winning events, delegates can expect a fun, educational and interactive conference. 

“The Early Learning and Childcare sector in Scotland is changing in order to hit the ambitious expansion plans of the Scottish Government by 2020” said Maggie Simpson, Chief Executive, SCMA.  “Childminders have a key role to play in the expansion and to ensure their qualifications reflect the quality of their provision, SCMA has introduced a range of new learning opportunities that will fully support the sector in 2018.  These include a new Childminding Induction Support Programme and a new work based award – The Complete Childminding Learning Pathway.  All include learning courses, tailored support and the opportunity to achieve accredited Open Badges so we are indeed motivating childminders to Reach for the Stars. 

“Our 2018 Annual Conference will look more in-depth at changes happening with our sector, the learning opportunities available for childminders and how SCMA is helping pave the way to achieving qualifications – enabling childminders to reach for the stars.  We all want Scotland to be the best place to grow up and the provision of quality Early Learning and Childcare is one of the most important ways we can make this happen and ensure the best start in life for children in Scotland. Together we must ensure that both new and experienced childminders continue to be part of our quality childminding workforce and I look forward to exploring this is in more detail at our conference.”

A range of workshops are being developed to support the theme of Reach for the Stars, with practical ideas on how to embrace change and step outside of that comfort zone.  The workshops will be creative, hands-on, and innovative to ensure they are meaningful and memorable and we know that it is in these moments of fun and interaction that excitement starts and engagement happens so that lifelong friendships are formed.  All workshops will come with Certificates of Attendance and the conference will be Open Badged

The Market Place is the networking hub at the Conference and we have a range of exhibitors already booked for 2018. So in addition to exploring childminding issues from highly informed and respected perspectives, remember to meet with fellow professionals at the conference and to visit the Market Place for new resources and ideas. 

To find out more about our 2018 Annual Conference and the Conference Grant Fund which is now open for applications please click on the links below.

Celebrity Guest Speaker
Keynote address