It's time to #ThinkSTEM!

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - and forms a core part of the Curriculum for Excellence.

Although these subjects may sound better suited to a classroom than your living room, but you’ll be amazed at how many of your day-to-day childminding activities involve STEM.

Have you ever looked at objects floating in a water tray, baked cakes with your minded children, built junk models or counted out play money? Yes? Well then, you’ve already touched upon the key elements of STEM without even noticing.

Working alongside the Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC), SCMA has become a market-leader in developing a range of STEM learning resources designed specifically for childminders in Scotland, including two new courses to add to your Continuing Professional Learning (CPL) and a series of STEM-themed Network Meetings.

Want to #ThinkSTEM and Learn with SCMA? 

Network Meetings to help you #ThinkSTEM

Whilst we are generating interest and developing our new #ThinkSTEM courses, SCMA members are also invited to our STEM Network Meetings.  Giving you a flavour of STEM and how it can enhance your childminding practice, our series of STEM Network Meetings will also give you the chance to share ideas with local childminders and find out more about support from SCMA.

 Forfar 28 October
 Elgin 16 November, 10am - 12pm, Elgin Primary School
 Edinburgh 25 November,  7pm-9pm, Craigmount Community Wing, Craigs Road, EH12 8NH
 Inverurie 2 December, 7pm - 9pm, Fly Cup Catering, Unit 2 Advertising House, Burghmuir Circle, Blackhall Industrial Estate, AB51 4FS
 Argyll & Bute Coming in 2020 
 Glasgow Coming in 2020 
South Lanarkshire Coming in 2020 
 Dumfries and Galloway Coming in 2020 

For further information and to book a place at our free STEM Network Meetings, please call our Learn with SCMA team on 01786 445377 

New #ThinkSTEM courses coming soon... 

SCMA has worked alongside the Scottish Schools Education Research Centre (SSERC) to develop our latest Continuing Professional Learning (CPL) courses, which will soon be available online via our easy-to-use e-Learning platform or as Interactive Learning. 

Think STEM: An Introduction for Childminders and Exploring Your Senses
Think STEM: Science Inquiry and STEM Outdoors 

Thanks to funding from Education Scotland, SCMA is able to offer a number of free places on our new STEM courses. These will be offered on a first-come first-served basis, but first we need to gauge interest from our childminders members and find out more.