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March 2020
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Update: Financial Support for Childminders
You may have also received an email from HMRC about this. However, we thought it might be helpful to summarise the main points of interest and action for you as a childminder, to provide some advice for those of you who may not be eligible for this scheme and/or for those of you who may require financial support in the short-term.
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Important Update on Childminding in Scotland
All childminders should by now have received an important email from the Minister for Children and Young People via the Care Inspectorate.
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Coronavirus: SCMA Holding Statement (24 March 2020)
Please be reassured that we continue to be in on-going contact with the Scottish Government regarding the current situation and have been pressing for clear guidance at this very challenging time. However, we also recognise the extreme challenges presented in doing so quickly for every official aspect of life at this critical time.
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Coronavirus: SCMA Update (24 March 2020)
​If you normally provide childcare for children of key workers, they need to work today, your setting is open (you and your family do not have symptoms of coronavirus) and both they and you are happy for you to provide childcare for them today please do so.
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Coronavirus – a Message for Childminders (including important clarification that childminding is open)
We know this is a stressful and anxious time for you all, and we are continually working hard to ensure you are kept up-to-date with the most current and accurate information. For absolutely clarity, while the UK Government has decided to close childminding services in England, they remain open in Scotland.
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SCMA Update on Continued Operation of Childminding Services During School and Nursery Closure Period
Things continue to move at a pace few, if any of us, have experienced before. Earlier this afternoon, the Deputy First Minister of Scotland addressed the Scottish Parliament on the coronavirus situation and the closure of schools and nurseries. In addition to announcing the cancellation of SQA exams due to take place in the spring he identified three critical groups and interests requiring support at this time.
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Update: Possible Role of Childminding in Supporting Childcare for Emergency Services
SCMA is actively involved in on-going discussions with the Scottish Government, Care Inspectorate and others. We are not yet in a position to share more information, but will do so as soon as we are able.
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces closure of Scotland's schools and local authority nurseries from Friday.
SCMA Chief Executive, Graeme McAlister issues response to the news that all schools and local authority nurseries in Scotland will close at the end of this week.
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New Frequently Asked Questions Web Resource Page for Childminders on Coronavirus
New frequently asked questions resource for childminders regarding Coronavirus.
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Coronavirus – SCMA Chief Executive update
There has been so much happening about coronavirus this week that I wanted to provide all of our members with an end of week round-up in case you have missed any of this.
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Coronavirus update
We understand that this is a worrying time and the SCMA helpline has been inundated with enquiries.
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Coronavirus Update: Public Liability Insurance
PACEY has provided a useful update regarding Public Liability Insurance (PLI), what this covers and why this does not include cover for loss of earnings. The current unexpected outbreak of coronavirus has highlighted this potential issue.
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Childminders invited to ELC Partnership Forum Event
Planning is underway for a Scottish Government Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) Partnership Forum event. Specifically targeted at the childminding workforce, and taking place on Saturday 25 April in Glasgow, you are being asked to register your interest today.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Childminders
Further information from the Scottish Government has also been issued, where all daycare of children’s services, including all childminders, are required to notify the Care Inspectorate of any incidences or outbreaks of the coronavirus (COVID-19)
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SCMA Chief Executive Response; Audit Scotland Early Learning and Childcare Report
SCMA Chief Executive, Graeme McAlister has responded to an Audit Scotland report published today, which highlights that plans to boost early learning and childcare (ELC) hours have made steady progress but risks around buildings and staffing remain.
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Coronavirus - Business Impact for Childminders?
This is a continually evolving situation and we understand that many of you will have questions and concerns regarding impact, which are unique to your childminding business.
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More opportunities to #ThinkSTEM with Learn with SCMA
Additional funding has become available for SCMA members to access more from Learn with SCMA and take part in one of our #ThinkSTEM courses as e-Learning.
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