Childminders invited to inform a Financial Sustainability Health Check

Childminders invited to inform a Financial Sustainability Health Check
The Scottish Government has launched a survey for registered childminding services in order to understand the factors affecting your current financial sustainability including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on your services.

Due to our participation the Scottish Government’s Recovery Working Group alongside other organisations in the childcare sector, SCMA was aware of this survey being developed – and although there is no requirement to take part, we would encourage all childminders to do so. 

PLEASE NOTE: this survey has been revised and updated, following feedback from SCMA and childminders directly, and the deadline has been extended. For clarity, those who have already responded to the survey do not need to respond again.

Complete the revised Financial Sustainability Health Check - Childminding Services Survey HERE
The deadline for responses is midnight on Thursday 20 May 2021.

The survey is asking for information on changes in the costs of your service delivery, income, capacity, and staffing within your setting. The questions are structured to capture the current position for your service, compared to the period before the COVID-related restrictions were introduced in March 2020.

A separate survey for daycare of children services (e.g. nurseries and other settings) has also been launched. The responses from both surveys will help to inform a Financial Sustainability Health Check of the entire childcare sector that is being undertaken by the Scottish Government.

The Financial Sustainability Health Check will gather evidence of the impact of COVID-19 on the sustainability of all types of childcare providers and will assess the impact of financial support which has been made available. 

It will also help to inform any future support for the sector and, as indicated in the updated Interim Guidance on Funding Follows the Child published in March 2021, it will help to influence any updates to the guidance on setting Sustainable Rates for providers delivering funded Early Learning and Childcare (ELC). 

To ensure feedback from childminders is well represented within the wider childcare workforce, we are encouraging you to respond to this survey, to ensure your individual voice and circumstances are heard. 
If you would like any further information, or a copy of all the survey questions in advance of completing, then please email