Early Learning and Childcare Environment
and Children's Wellbeing

A childminder has a responsibility to promote and demonstrate a high level of professionalism when carrying out their work with children and families.

Developing an understanding of this role in supporting children’s learning and development is crucial to achieving the best start in life for every child. This course will allow the learner to consider how a nurturing, learning environment impacts on children’s play, learning and development. It will also challenge the learner to consider how they plan for progression and provide experiences for extending children’s play, learning and development in relation to their wellbeing. Learners will also consider children with additional support requirements and their role in providing an inclusive home from home environment with suitable play opportunities available for all children who attend their setting.

This course aims to give childminders the support needed to:

  • Understand how to provide an effective nurturing learning environment.
  • Be responsive to children’s individual needs.
  • Collaborate effectively with parents and involve them in decision making.
  • Be inclusive and adaptive when planning activities.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of self-esteem.
  • Promote health and wellbeing to the children and families in your care.
  • Provide effective support during key transitions. 

During this course you will learn how to:

  1. Provide opportunities and access to activities and experiences indoors and outdoors.
  2. Ensure that your childminding setting has adequate and appropriate resources for the implementation of the assessment process.
  3. Reflect on and record how well a childminding practice has impacted on positive development outcomes of each child.
  4. Organise resources for children to access during play and rest periods and how this provides choice and access.
  5. Ensure that planned activities are inclusive and available to all children, adapting plans as necessary to meet individual needs.
  6. Support children to respect the views and opinions of others.
  7. Take steps in order to further support children who face challenges or specific support needs.
  8. Encourage children to identify their own strengths and abilities as they develop a positive self-image and self-esteem.
  9. Use a warm and respectful approach when initiating relationships with babies and children.
  10. Take appropriate action when you notice anything of concern in a child’s growth, development, behaviour, condition, or bodily functions.

Course outcomes:

When you have completed this course, you will have core knowledge and understanding of:

  1. The type of indoor and outdoor activities that will encourage balance, co-ordination, gross and fine motor skills, manipulative skills, and hand/eye coordination.
  2. How to provide opportunities for children to rest and recover from physical activity and why this is important.
  3. Sources of support in respect of planning and curriculum development, drawing on available best practice.
  4. The kinds of equipment, materials and activities that support the implementation of a learning curriculum based on play.
  5. The importance of considering available resources when developing plans and presenting succinct and relevant arguments to support your plan.
  6. The nature and impact of aspects that may affect the health, wellbeing and development of children and young people you care for or support.
  7. Aspects that can have a positive or negative effect on communication and language skills and their development in children and young people.
  8. The meaning of healthy lifestyles according to Scottish Government guidelines and recommendations and what these are.

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Funding your learning

SCMA is a Skills Development Scotland Individual Training Account (ITA) Approved Provider. Funding will give eligible learners £200 to fully fund this Unit. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have already completed some of the courses within UNIT 2: Child Development: The Carer's Role since April 2014, your prior learning will contribute towards the knowledge and learning aspect of the Work Based Unit. 

Return to unit

This course is part of the Complete Childminding Learning Pathway Unit 2