My Childminding Experience

‘My Childminding Experience’ showcases good practice in childminding and shows how local authorities and childminders are working together innovatively to support children, including those whose development needs might be better supported within the homely environment a childminder brings.

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By highlighting specific examples of good practice that we find from all our regulatory visits, we can help to improve the general quality of childminding. This reflects the Care Inspectorate's statutory responsibility as an improvement as well as a scrutiny and assurance body. Rather than just ensure that all services comply with a minimum standard, we want to work in genuine partnership with the early learning and childcare sector to help services aspire to be the best they can be and have the greatest impact on children's lives. 

This resource is intended to be both practical and inspiring for the greatest number of people and we have therefore chosen examples from across Scotland, including rural as well as urban settings and deprived as well as affluent communities. We have also tried to reflect the wide range of ages of the children being cared for, from babies through to children of secondary school age, and the different needs and backgrounds of children cared for by childminders. 

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Early learning and childcare organisations and practitioners have told us that using the Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) wellbeing indicator headings of Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Resopnsible and Included is relevant and useful. This matches developments in how inspections are carried out, with childminders now being routinely inspected against the wellbeing indicators. 

By clicking on each wellbeing indicator icon below, you can learn more about the good practice examples and case studies featured in My Childminding Experience. 

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