Price £40.00 Interactive £25.00 eLearning
Delivery Type Face to face
Training Provider Scottish Childminding Association

Parental Involvement

Parents/carers are the first and on-going educators of their children and should receive information and support to help develop learning at home and in the community.

We often speak about working in partnership with parents; however, this cannot be achieved without first involving parents.

This course aims to give childminders the support needed to:

  • Explore practical solutions to parental involvement whilst identifying potential barriers.
  • Explore meaningful ways of involving parents in a childminding service.

During this course you will learn how to:

  1. Demonstrate your understanding on the importance of working effectively with parents.
  2. Describe the importance of liaising with families about their expectations of their child.
  3. Explain how you communicate with parents in a way which promotes inclusion, recognising and valuing diversity.
  4. Demonstrate how you work with families to help them value the importance of play and their child’s learning.
  5. Demonstrate how you ensure the child’s voice is heard and valued.
  6. Describe three barriers to parental involvement and outline practical solutions to overcome these.
  7. Demonstrate how you provide opportunities for families to participate in their child’s play, learning and development.
  8. Explain how you involve families in reviewing their child’s learning and development.
  9. Describe how you use the information from reviews to forward plan for children in partnership with their parents/carers.
  10. Outline the records and evidence that you should keep in relation to involving parents in their child’s development.
  11. Describe what you do if/when a child’s development plan changes.

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. How families’ expectations for children might vary according to the child’s gender, religion, culture and ethnicity, background, needs and abilities.
  3. How you might demonstrate that you recognise and value diverse family structures.
  4. How families can access information on child development.
  5. The link between parental/family expectations for their children, their own childhood experiences and knowledge of child development.
  6. How you can positively reinforce parents’ efforts and involvement.

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.