Good relationships with parents and children are vital in a childminding setting as they benefit everyone, especially children.

Most children will have dips in self-esteem as they go through different stages or challenges in life, but with support from parents and other adults they usually get through this. This course will focus on highlighting the importance of service development in relation to developing smooth transitions and positive self-esteem, whilst examining the challenges faced of working with ADHD and the Autism Spectrum.This Unit covers developing relationships and a childminding service to enable children to have the best possible start in life..

Unit 6: Professional Childcare Service Development aims to support childminders to:

  • Identify and acknowledge separation fears of parents and children.
  • Explore adverse childhood experiences and establishing procedures.
  • Define, explore and promote the importance of positive self-esteem.

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 6: Professional Childcare Service Development includes:

Continuous Professional Learning

UNIT 6: Professional Childcare Service Development 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 6: Professional Childcare Service Development since April 2014, your prior learning will contribute towards the knowledge and learning aspect of the Work Based Unit.