Are you looking for high quality childcare that is flexible, affordable and fits around your family?

Childminding is consistently one of the highest rated forms of childcare in Scotland through independent inspection by the Care Inspectorate. SCMA childminders offer high-quality, flexible care in a home-from-home environment.

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Why choose a childminder?

Every childminding setting is unique to meet the needs of children and their families:

  • children can learn and play with other ages – providing opportunities to enhance early learning, confidence and social development
  • it can be particularly helpful in supporting children with additional support needs or children who may struggle in a larger setting
  • it provides strong continuity of care and follows the eight Wellbeing Indicators for childcare and schools in Scotland
  • it is flexible and can be blended with other forms of childcare (i.e. nursery) to provide ‘wrap-around’ childcare

Did you know that you can choose a childminder to deliver your funded entitlement of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC)?

All three and four-year-olds, and eligible two year-olds are currently entitled to 600 hours of funded Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) per year and from August 2020, this will increase to 1140 hours per year. For further information visit our ELC page.

When choosing a childminder, here's a few things to ask:

Are they registered?

Ensure your childminder is registered with the Care Inspectorate and has valid Public Liability Insurance. Ask to see their registration certificate and details of their insurance policy. If you think someone may be running an unregistered childminding service, contact the Care Inspectorate.

Completed training and learning?

Have you asked about their SCMA Learning Log and Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) record? Childminders are obligated to take responsibility for their own learning and professional development; maintaining and improving their knowledge and skills.

Can I read their policies and procedures?

Before signing the contract, ask for a copy of the childminder's policies and procedures. These should be read carefully as they let you know how the childminder deals with risk assessments, child protection issues, discipline, infection control and other important practices. Have you checked their inspection report from the Care Inspectorate?

Arranging a settling in period

All good childminders will offer a settling in period. This time allows you and your child to meet the childminder and find out how comfortable everyone is in the setting. At this point you can also discuss and iron out any issues with the childminder before the contract comes into effect.

Are you happy with the contract?

Childminders are self-employed. Parents should always carefully read the contract fully before signing and keep your copy of the agreement safe. Contracts are legally binding, so if you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask the childminder. The signed contract means you are both agree and are fully aware of the terms of the service.

Please note: All childminder profiles published on this website are the responsibility of each individual respective childminder. SCMA cannot be held responsible for incorrect or misleading information. SCMA reserves the right to refuse any Childminder Search Service profile from this website. Childminders operating services in Scotland must be registered with the Care Inspectorate. To verify the status of a childminder in Scotland, visit the Care Inspectorate website at