School Age Childcare (SACC)

SCMA is pleased to be working with the four Early Adopting Communities (EACs) of Glasgow, Clackmannanshire, Inverclyde and Dundee to contribute to the Scottish Government vision of School Age Childcare (SACC) in which:  

“Scotland will have an accessible and affordable system of school age childcare providing care before and after school and during the holidays for all primary school children. Children will be able to access healthy and nutritious food as part of this offer.” 

...and towards "building a system of school age childcare offering before and after school, and during holidays, where those on the lowest incomes will pay nothing.”


Childminding is a vital part of School Age Childcare 

Childminding provides high-quality, local, flexible childcare and family support enabling parents/carers to work or keep working and contribute to the local economy. It offers affordable, flexible provision which can be arranged around the working day with ability to offer early morning, school drop-off/collection, late evening and sometimes weekend support. Childminders recognise that families have different and varying needs, and this is reflected in the service they provide.

SCMA is currently supporting the recruitment of new childminders in the EACs:  

  • Dundee (Linlathen and surrounding areas) 

  • Inverclyde (Port Glasgow and surrounding areas)

  • Clackmannanshire (Hillfoots and Alloa South/East)

  • Glasgow (Southside Central, East Centre, Anniesland and Drumchapel)  

Looking for a fantastic new career working with families in your area? 
CLICK HERE for details of funding, training and support available to help you set up a new childminding business from home.

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SACC Funded Placements  

This project will support families to access funded childminding placements, for their school aged children. 

SCMA will be working closely with local authorities, childminders, families, and third-party organisations, to source placements that will suit each child’s needs, this process may vary depending on the referrer. 

Information for Families   

Families hoping to use the SACC service will live in one of the above mentioned EACs, and meet at least one of the following categories:

  • Lone parents

  • Families with a disabled adult or child

  • Have a large family (three or more children) 

  • Minority ethnic family 

  • Main carer is under 25 years of age

  • Children under the age of one 

  • Families with a care-experienced adult or child

Families must also be willing to support our on-going evaluation of the SACC service by providing feedback where required.    
*Please note some local authorities may have income caps in place, and decisions on eligibility is made by the relevant local authority, please contact our CDO to discuss this in further detail. 

Why Choose a Childminder to provide your funded SACC?   

Every childminding setting is unique to best meet the needs of children and their families:  

  • Childminders offer a bespoke childcare service, that takes into consideration the age and individual needs of each child in their care.

  • Children can learn and play with other ages; providing opportunities to enhance confidence and social development.

  • Childminders can also take your child to and from school as part of their daily routine.

  • It can be particularly helpful in supporting children with Additional Support Needs (ASN) or children who may struggle in a larger setting.

  • It provides strong continuity of care from 0-16 years of age and follows the eight Wellbeing Indicators for childcare and schools in Scotland.

  • It is flexible and can be blended with other forms of childcare to provide ‘wrap-around’ childcare.

  • A home-from-home service which keeps siblings together.

  • Many childminders are qualified at SVQ level and dedicate large amounts of their free time to ensure their knowledge and skills are being developed.

  • Childminders go through the same rigorous checks from the Care Inspectorate as nurseries and out of school clubs.

  • Childminders achieve better grades at inspection, with 92% being graded good or above.  

  • Support from a professional childminder is for the whole family, thanks to the relationship they have with parents as well as children in their care.

Search and find local childminders in your area HERE, and for more information on childminders or eligibility, please email  

Information for Childminders 

Childminders must meet the following criteria to be able to apply and provide funded SACC:   

  • Registered and active as a childminder with the Care Inspectorate 

  • Hold SCMA membership ,which includes Public Liability Insurance

  • Completed our 'Becoming a Funded SACC Childminder' form, which includes checks on training, Care Inspectorate details and experience.

  • Live or provide care for a family in the above mentioned EACs  

For more information, or to register your interest in delivering funded SACC to families in your area, please contact