Resources for childminders

Publication date: 29/09/2017

Two new resources have been published for childminders - Your Childminding Journey and My Childminding Experience

‘Your Childminding Journey’ is an online learning resource for both prospective and registered childminders, with its own website www.childmindingjourney.scot

The Care Inspectorate began developing the resource in 2016 funded by the Scottish Government, collaborating with childminders and partners: the Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA), Care and Learning Alliance (CALA), Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), the Association of Education Directors in Scotland (ADES) and Scottish Government.

This online resource to support development and learning is designed to help both prospective and practicing childminders identify the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to provide the best outcomes for children. This highly practical resource contains a series of statements which reflect quality childcare provision.

These quality statements and supporting information enable childminders to reflect on their service, what they do well and how they could improve. It is not an inspection tool and there is no expectation from the Care Inspectorate that childminders provide evidence against each quality statement.

The resource is for anyone interested in childminding as a profession, whether they are just thinking about a career in childminding, or are already registered and practising. The resource offers an abundance of learning and development that childminders can browse and use according to their own needs to further develop the service they deliver.

‘My Childminding Experience’ is a resource exploring and sharing good practice examples from across Scotland of how childminding can benefit children and their families. It is published by the Care Inspectorate and is part of its ongoing programme to encourage, promote and bring about improvement.

This resource develops the same model as the Care Inspectorate’s recent publication, My World Outdoors, which shares and celebrates the benefits of outdoor play for children.

My Childminding Experience has been co-produced by the Care Inspectorate and Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA), and includes an introduction by Sue Palmer, author of many books on child development in the modern world. Childminders tell their own stories focusing on individual children and involving them and their families directly in narrating their experiences.

The case studies show how individual children are experiencing good outcomes from attending a childminder with reference to the wellbeing indicators (Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included) and how the care provides reflects the new Health and Social Care Standards.

 

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