This course is only available from October to March. It is an Interactive Learning session, which involves being outdoors. 
If you would like to find out more, or add your name to the interest list for this course, please email

The aim of this course is to promote STEM-based science inquiry skills and STEM outdoor learning opportunities in your childminding setting. 

This hybrid course involves pre-course information being accessed by the learner and an outdoor session involving childminders and their minded children. 

The objectives of this course are:

  • To provide quality play opportunities where children can learn more about science and nature.
  • To recognise and encourage the use of STEM activities within your outdoor learning.
  • To understand the importance of extending learning through open questions.
  • To become a confident STEM facilitator in your childminding setting and use Science Inquiry skills.
  • To recognise where STEM supports the Curriculum for Excellence.

This course was co-developed by SCMA and the Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC) and funded by Education Scotland from STEM grant funding.

Why should I attend?

This course provides you with an overview of STEM and how it can be incorporated into outdoor play and learning within your service, with references to the Curriculum for Excellence so you can easily demonstrate how you are meeting outcomes for children and provides valuable evidence for your inspection. 

Who is it for?

Childminders who want to engage with STEM and enhance the learning and play experiences for minded children. 

STEM is a hot topic, and to help stimulate children's learning, we must encourage them to take interest in STEM-related themes.


This course is not available as e-Learning. 

If you would like to find out more about our Interactive Learning option, please email

Interactive Learning

Our Interactive Learning opportunities provide a networking approach to learning to improve your knowledge and skills. The courses are organised at a venue near you, which are only available from March to October.

On Demand

Our Learn with SCMA team can arrange any SCMA course to come to you - wherever you are in Scotland.  

Provided you know at least eight SCMA members interested in a particular course, we can provide the training.  We can arrange for any of our Continuing Professional Learning courses to be organised for groups of 8-20 SCMA members at a date, time and place to suit you and your group.

If you would like to book On Demand Learning with SCMA then please give us a call on 01786 445377.