New Childminding Induction Support Programme from SCMA

New Childminding Induction Support Programme from SCMA
A brand new Childminding Induction Support Programme, designed to lead potential childminders through every stage of the registration process and beyond has been launched by SCMA.

A welcome development within the childcare sector, the programme features a structured learning course, a comprehensive ‘Strong Foundations Pack’, tailored support and the opportunity to achieve an Accredited Open Badge.

Anne Condie, Head of Childminding Services, said: “Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland is changing and an estimated 14,000 additional staff will be required to hit the ambitious expansion plans of the Scottish Government by 2020.

“Our new Childminding Induction Learning Programme is the perfect first step for those wanting to enter the childminding sector and if they are eligible, the programme will be fully funded using an Individual Training Account.”

Supporting and involving potential childminders in their commitment to developing a childminding service that meets best practice standards, the Childminding Induction Support Programme enables participants to provide a high quality childminding service where children will learn, grow and develop.

The Childminding Induction Support Programme (available from Friday 1 December 2017) includes:

Childminding Induction Learning Course
Available as a three-session interactive course or via an easy-to-navigate e-Learning platform, the Childminding Induction Learning Course consists of nine modules covering all aspects of childminding in Scotland. 

Strong Foundations Pack
The Strong Foundations Pack has been developed to help potential childminders navigate the Care Inspectorate registration process, best practice guidance on establishing a childminding service and providing additional information and support into their first year as a childminder.

Tailored Individual Support
An expert support system from SCMA will be available for participants, provided by SCMA’s Childminding Development Officers or Childminding Support Officer. One-to-one support will be provided throughout the registration process.

Accredited Open Badge
All participants will be invited to apply for a SCMA Accredited Open Badge, which are digital certificates that evidence accomplishment, skills and qualities derived from both formal and informal learning.

The Childminding Induction Support Programme costs £200, which is payable either by self-pay or using an Individual Training Account (ITA) if applicants meet the relevant criteria. Graduates are also eligible to apply for this funding.

SCMA is the only organisation dedicated to childminding in Scotland. We have the knowledge and expertise to guide potential childminders through the process of becoming a childminder and support them in creating a positive learning environment where children will thrive.

Interested in becoming a childminder with SCMA?  Download our Guide to Becoming a Childminder

For more information about the Childminding Induction Support Programme, call our friendly Learn with SCMA team on 01786 445377 or email