Building the Ambition: Theory into Practice

Building the Ambition is national practice guidance to support staff in providing high quality Early Learning and Childcare. It provides support for putting theory into practice by offering case studies and reflective questions to provoke discussion and to help support improvement. 

The Care Inspectorate expect you, as a childminder, to be able to demonstrate at inspection how you are using the resource to develop your practice and enhance outcomes for children.

This course aims to give childminders the support needed to:

  • Understand and use the ‘Building the Ambition’ resource.
  • Develop and improve your service through self reflection and practice change.

Key learning during this course includes understanding and explaining:

  1. Building the Ambition, how this is relevant for childminders and how to use it as guidance to inform practice.
  2. The definition of Early Learning and Childcare within Building the Ambition.
  3. How to ensure children’s needs are met at points of transition.
  4. Play and learning.
  5. How to apply Building the Ambition into a childminding practice.
  6. Support documents to use to demonstrate the use of Building the Ambition in a childminding practice.

Course outcomes:

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

  1. Building the Ambition.
  2. Pre-Birth to Three and child development.
  3. United Nations Convention Rights of the Child.
  4. Curriculum for Excellence.
  5. Getting it Right for Every Child.
  6. National Health and Social Care Standards.
  7. Scottish Government Blueprint Quality Action Plan 2020.

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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 5: Planning for Inspection 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 5