The Business Side of Childminding 

As a childminder you must provide a professional approach to your business: meet legal requirements, provide quality care and comply with the National Care Standards. 

Operating as a small business brings with it legal responsibilities too.

This course aims to give childminders the support needed to:

  • Adopt a professional approach to providing a childminding service
  • Meet the legal responsibilities associated with running a small business
  • Comply with the Health and Social Care Standards.

During this course you will learn how to:

  1. Plan and evaluate the aims and objectives of your childminding service in line with legal requirements.
  2. Describe how you market your childminding services.
  3. Demonstrate how you work with families to assess their childcare needs.
  4. Explain how you would establish formal contracts with parents/carers.
  5. Describe how you would collect and record necessary information from the parents/carers regarding their child.
  6. Demonstrate how you would inform parents of the need to share information with others where appropriate.
  7. Detail your financial management system.
  8. Describe how you would gather feedback from service users and use this information to develop and improve your practice.
  9. Evidence your understanding on the importance of effective communication with parents/carers and other professionals.
  10. Describe three barriers to effective communications.

Course outcomes:

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

  1. Legislation and regulatory requirements affecting administration of the small-scale childcare setting.
  2. Marketing techniques for processing and communicating information.
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Funding your learning

SCMA is a Skills Development Scotland Individual Training Account (ITA) Approved Provider. Funding gives eligible learners up to £200 towards a single course or programme.

Recognition of prior learning

If you have already completed some or all 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. 

Return to unit

This course is part of the Complete Childminding Learning Pathway Unit 1