Price £40.00 Interactive £25.00 eLearning
Delivery Type Online
Training Provider Scottish Childminding Association

Child Development Part 1

Helping children to develop as confident, enthusiastic and effective learners is central to childminding. 

Skilled childminders observe all the time and use these observations to make accurate judgements about how to further support a child’s learning. Observation, assessment and planning all support children’s learning and development and this course allows the learner to consider what a child needs to play and learn in relation to stages of development.

This course aims to give childminders the support needed to:

  • Understand the role observation plays in assessing developmental needs.
  • Understand and recognise the benefits of using different types of assessment.
  • Gain knowledge of interventions required if a child is not progressing. 

During this course you will learn how to:

  1. Observe and assess the developmental needs of each child in their service.
  2. Outline frameworks and guidance that childminders must work with in order to meet Scottish Government requirements.
  3. Understand and explain different methods of observation.
  4. Record and assess the information gathered throughout observations.
  5. Use information to inform practice in relation to each child.
  6. Plan for every child to receive an enjoyable, challenging, learning and developmental experience.

Course outcomes:

When you have completed this course, you will have core knowledge and understanding of:

  1. The transitions that children and young people may go through.
  2. Requirements of the Care Inspectorate and other relevant inspectorates.
  3. Safeguards that need to be in place when assessing children and the need for objectivity.
  4. How to use assessments of children’s progress as part of the planning.
  5. That children learn in different ways and have individual learning styles and preferences.
  6. Specific issues for children’s development and learning in multilingual or bilingual settings or where children are learning through an additional language.

The importance of the needs and achievements of the children and families being clear within your planning and reporting

Training Provider Overview

We help childminders build on their Continuous Professional Learning. This includes interactive learning courses, e-Learning courses and access to webinars, network meetings, conferences and complimentary courses Taking part in these opportunities enables childminders to take responsibility for both their professional development and that of their childminding service – focusing on children, to help them achieve their full potential. We actively encourage childminders to take the opportunity to build on their knowledge, skills and professional growth throughout their career. SCMA is proud to be a SQA Approved Centre, which means that in addition to providing our own, bespoke learning opportunities, the Learn with SCMA team can also deliver SQA qualifications. The SQA qualification that we currently deliver is the Complete Childminding Learning Pathway - a Work Based Award, which is credit rated at Level 7 on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

Training Provider Contact Details

Provider Name: Scottish Childminding Association

Contact Name: Learn with SCMA

Telephone: 01786 445377



Quality Assurance

SCMA are commited to ensuring that on-going quality improvement is an integral part of our organisation. The Learn with SCMA team aims for continuous improvement in the quality of all aspects of its work as part of its determination to help Learners achieve the highest possible standards.

Our Quality Assurance Policy is in place to ensure such continuous improvement through a process of self-evaluation and action planning. The Quality Assurance Policy and associated procedures involves all employees, Learners and collaborative partners such as the Care Inspectorate (CI), Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and Skills Development Scotland (SDS). The quality assurance policy is managed through the existing organisational structure. The quality assurance procedures are founded in a process of regular self-evaluation by teams and internal and external audits and observations, in addition to Learner feedback and local training needs.