Child-led Planning: Creating Meaningful Experiences

Planning for every child involves creating rich, challenging, and meaningful learning experiences, building on their individual talents, interests and needs. 

Child-led Planning helps you to consider and provide specific experiences and outcomes in order to develop and support every child’s needs and support them to achieve their full potential.

This course aims to give childminders the support needed to:

  • Explore how planning can support children’s development and enrich their experience.
  • Explore Child-Led Planning and individual care plans.
  • Enhance your own enjoyment, satisfaction, and confidence in a job well done.

Key learning during this course includes understanding and explaining:

  1. The stages of child development and principles of Child-Led Planning and how to take account of these when planning for the children.
  2. The role of a childminder when supporting children to access exciting, challenging, self directed play opportunities.
  3. How to create meaningful experiences for all children including children with additional support needs.
  4. Explain your understanding on the Curriculum for Excellence and how this works for all children within a childminding service.
  5. Explain how to involve children, parents and carers in your planning process.

Course outcomes:

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

  1. Sources of support in respect of planning and curriculum development, drawing on available best practice.
  2. The kinds of equipment, materials and activities that support the implementation of a learning curriculum, using play as a vehicle for delivery.
  3. The importance and implications of a differentiated approach to the provision of learning experiences for children.
  4. The meaning of personalised learning and how this affects planning and implementation of the curriculum in Scotland.
  5. The effects of low self-esteem and lack of confidence on learning.
  6. Specific issues for children’s development and learning in multilingual or bilingual settings or where children are learning through an additional language.


"I have learned that planning for every child involves creating rich, challenging and meaningful learning experiences, building on individual talents, interests and needs."

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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.  

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This course is part of the Complete Childminding Learning Pathway Unit 5