The average cost of a childminder in Scotland is revealed

The average cost of a childminder in Scotland is revealed
Statistics from the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) have revealed that the average cost of a childminder in Scotland is now £4.29 per hour.

As childminders are high-quality childcare professionals, offering a nurturing home-from-home environment with low adult-to-child ratios, it is essential that their services are valued, but their businesses must also remain competitive.  

Parents using a childminder benefit from the flexibility and relative affordability that this unique form of childcare brings. Childminding settings can offer a fluid and adaptable approach to childcare, which can suit shift patterns, part-time work and pick-ups from school and nursery.

Despite the cost of childcare rising for families across the country, childminding has remained a very affordable and flexible option for many parents.  The average childminder fee has only increased by 5 pence, per hour since last year.

Read our Pay & Conditions Results 2018 in full 

We’d like to say thank you to all the childminders who took part in this annual survey, as it would be impossible without your contribution.  SCMA is committed to supporting childminding in Scotland.



As childminders are self-employed, each year SCMA publishes its Pay & Conditions and Tax & NI guides to support childminders in Scotland with their business practices. 

Pay & Conditions
SCMA’s Pay & Conditions Guide is a best practice guide for our self-employed childminder members. SCMA would never set out ‘rules’ for childminders, however many childminders find our Pay and Conditions guide helpful and useful when applying conditions to their own childminding service.

SCMA members can download our 2018 Pay & Conditions Guide from the Documents section of the Membership Dashboard. Login to the Membership Dashboard

Tax & NI
Being a self-employed childminder, you are responsible for calculating and paying your own tax and National Insurance (NI) – which can be daunting to say the least!

At SCMA, we understand that when it comes to your tax, you want to make sure you’re doing it correctly and thanks to our relationship with HMRC we’ve now published our 2018-19 Tax & NI guide for childminders.  

SCMA members can download our Tax & NI Guide from the Documents section of the Membership Dashboard. Login to the Membership Dashboard