Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) is the national approach in Scotland to improving outcomes and supporting the wellbeing of our children and young people by offering the right help at the right time from the right people. It supports them and their parent(s) to work in partnership with the services that can help them.

The GIRFEC approach has been national policy in Scotland since 2010 and SCMA has developed this Unit in partnership with the Scottish Government’s GIRFEC Team. By working through this Unit you will learn more about: Getting it Right for Every Child; improving your knowledge about child-led participation with guidance for good practice; and aspects of equal opportunities which directly affect a childminding practice.

Unit 3: GIRFEC in a Childminding Setting aims to support childminders to:

  • Introduce practice guidance to enable the adoption of a child-centred approach to GIRFEC.
  • Identify meaningful ways of involving children in a childminding service.
  • Understand ways to capture and prove that participation takes place and is valued in a professional childminding service, in line with Care Inspectorate Standards.
  • Explore good practice in relation to childminding.

When you have successfully completed this Unit, you can then go on to complete any of the other units in any order. When all six have been successfully completed you will then receive the Complete Childminding Learning Pathway, Work Based Award. This provides a total of 12 credits at SCQF Level 7.

Unit 3: GIRFEC in a Childminding Setting includes:

Continuous Professional Learning

UNIT 3: Getting it Right for Every Child in a Childcare Setting includes three Continuous Professional Learning Courses available as either interactive sessions or e-Learning.

Universal and tailored support

Participants will be provided with a support system from SCMA - experts in childminding across Scotland. This includes access to our website and Helpline.

SCMA Accredited Open Badge

When you successfully complete a CPL course within the unit, you will be invited to apply for a SCMA Accredited Open Badge. These are digital certificates of accomplishment.

Production of a Personal Portfolio

Your Personal Portfolio is an organised collection of evidence that shows your accomplishments both in and out of your childminding service.

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 3: Getting it Right for Every Child in a Childcare Setting since April 2014, your prior learning will contribute towards the knowledge and learning aspect of the Work Based Unit.