It is important for a childminder to be confident about their ongoing self-assessment and inspection. This Unit covers all you need to plan and prepare for inspection. 

Planning must start with the child, involve skilful observation and assessment, and take account of the principles of: Pre-Birth to Three framework; the Curriculum for Excellence; GIRFEC; Children’s Right’s; and the Health and Social Care Standards. Inspections focus on the people who use services, making sure that their needs are met, and that they are well cared for, protected, and kept safe at all times.

Unit 5: Planning for Inspection Unit aims to support childminders to:

  • Monitor the quality of care you give children.
  • Confirm good practice and identify poor practice to make sure this improves.
  • Protect the children in your care.
  • Provide information about the quality of care to the public.

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 5: Planning for Inspection Unit includes:

Continuous Professional Learning

UNIT 5: Planning for Inspection Unit 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 5: Planning for Inspection since April 2014, your prior learning will contribute towards the knowledge and learning aspect of the Work Based Unit.