As a childminder you operate your own business, you are self-employed, and you are a provider of Early Learning and Childcare. 

You are free to decide your own fees and working conditions and to be successful you need to be well organised, with good contracts and systems of record keeping. To do a good job you need good communication and negotiation skills and ensure that parents are satisfied with the professional service you provide.

Unit 1: Ready for Childminding Business aims to support childminders to:

  • Adopt a professional approach to providing a childminding service.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of a childminder and of key professionals.
  • Comply with the National Health and Social Care Standards.

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 1: Ready for Childminding Business includes:

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 1: Ready for Childminding Business since April 2014, your prior learning will contribute towards the knowledge and learning aspect of the Work Based Unit.