SCMA Membership

Membership of a trusted organisation like SCMA gives you peace of mind, invaluable support and a chance to make a difference. It says that you're professional, informed and committed to quality. 

We are the only organisation 100% dedicated to supporting childminders in Scotland
We offer a range of support to members at all stages of your childminding career - helping you to provide the best service you can for children and their families.

We are the only organisation in Scotland which works continually to provide childminders with a professional voice within the childcare sector.

Our evidence and feedback from members stakeholders helps us provide a collective voice for the childminding profession in Scotland. We represent you at the very highest level; from Scottish Government to the Care Inspectorate and local authorities.

Members of SCMA enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits, many of which can be accessed online via the Membership Dashboard.
SCMA is always looking to provide best value for members, and our membership is inclusive of SCMA Practitioner Insurance to cover your childminding activities. 

Enhanced and Additional Membership Benefits for SCMA members 

Alongside all the benefits that our members currently enjoy, all SCMA members also benefit from a range of new and enhanced membership features.

  • 24/7 Business Legal Advice provided by ARAG, staffed by qualified solicitors providing practical telephone-based legal advice relating to contractual disputes with parents and money owed to you.
  • 24/7 Confidential Counselling Helpline, staffed by qualified counsellors.
  • 24/7 Crisis Communication Advice Service, to help protect your business reputation following adverse publicity.
  • Tax advice helpline, specialists to assist with UK & EU business tax matters (available 9am-5pm weekdays only).
  • Redundancy assistance, consultancy assistance (available 9am-5pm weekdays only).

All helplines are provided by ARAG plc and are subject to a fair use policy.

SCMA Discount Marketplace
Members have exclusive access to a wide range of discounts and offers – on the SCMA Discount Marketplace – for you, your business, and your family.

SCMA members can create an account with the Discount Marketplace, where you can explore a range of deals and discounts with big brands you’ll love including B&Q, Tesco, Dunelm, Sainsburys, Argos, M&S, Sports Direct, and many more! Plus, you can add your postcode to the platform, and it will tailor the deals near you – perfect when it comes to celebrations, days out, or even if you want to treat yourself. 

It’s easy to access and start saving - simply login to the Membership Dashboard, and search for 'Discount Marketplace' to find out more. 

NEW! Free CPL to Enhance and Further Your Learning

Alongside our range of Learn with SCMA opportunities, which are exclusively tailored and bespoke to childminding in Scotland, SCMA members can now also access a selection of new courses from Flick Learning via the Membership Dashboard.

These bite-size courses from Flick, which are intended to complement our own tailored range of learning materials, will help boost members' learning a little further and contribute towards 12 hours of CPL a year. Topics include: Food Hygiene (Level 2), Mental Health Awareness and Young People, Online Safety (coming soon), Time Management, Data Protection and GDPR, and much more....

“It’s an all-round support package that enables me to do my job with peace of mind.”

SCMA member from Fife

“Lots of childminding information is available, I can advertise at no extra cost, and there are great training opportunities.”

SCMA member from Glasgow

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SCMA members enjoy peace of mind, support and access to exclusive benefits:

Online advertising
Learn with SCMA
Information and updates
Essential insurance
Business aids and free legal advice

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Being an SCMA member also gives you lots of exclusive benefits:

We’re the only organisation 100% dedicated to supporting childminders in Scotland.

We offer practical help, a chance for you to grow and a voice within the world of childminding. We’re not here to make a profit. We work entirely to promote childminding and improve our services for you.