Equality of Opportunity
Childminders have a responsibility to promote equality, value diversity and work inclusively, supporting young children to value equality and diversity. Children need to feel valued and learn to respect one another.
Today, young children are raised in a society with many sources of cultural diversity. The difficulties that a child has with being ‘different’ are not the result of the difference but of the ways people see them. This course has been developed for childminders who wish to gain an understanding on all aspects of equal opportunities which directly affect their childminding practice.
This course aims to give childminders the support needed to:
- Understand and recognise equality of opportunity issues.
- Explore good practice in relation to childminding.
- Identify and challenge discriminatory practice.
Key learning during this course includes understanding and explaining:
- Personal values and beliefs and how this could impact on providing equal opportunities within a service.
- What equality and diversity means, how they both differ, and the legal requirements connected to equal opportunities.
- The activities/experiences that children can be offered within a service which support the promotion of equality and diversity.
- How children can be encouraged to share and co-operate in joint activities with their views, opinions, and feelings respected.
- How individuals who do not promote equality or value diversity may be challenged, including children and adults using the childminding service.
- How to seek and evaluate feedback from children, young people and their families about their experience of using a childminding service.
When you have completed this course, your core knowledge and understanding will include:
- A knowledge of legislation in relation to equality and diversity.
- A knowledge of legislation in relation to data protection.
- The ability to understand and recognise equality of opportunity.
- The ability to explore good practice in relation to childminding.
- The ability to identify and challenge discriminatory practice.
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).
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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.