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

The Business Side of Childminding

As a childminder you must provide a professional approach to your business: meet legal requirements, provide quality care and comply with the National Care Standards. Operating as a small business brings with it legal responsibilities too.

This course aims to give childminders the support needed to:

  • adopt a professional approach to providing a childminding service
  • meet the legal responsibilities associated with running a small business
  • comply with the National Care Standards.

During this course you will learn how to:

  1. Plan and evaluate the aims and objectives of your childminding service in line with legal requirements.
  2. Describe how you market your childminding services.
  3. Demonstrate how your work with families to assess their childcare needs.
  4. Explain how you would establish formal contracts with parents / carers.
  5. Describe how you would collect and record necessary information from the parents / carers regarding their child.
  6. Demonstrate how you would inform parents of the need to share information with otheres where appropriate.
  7. Detail your financial management system.
  8. Describe how you would gather feedback from service users and use this information to develop and improve your practice.
  9. Evidence your understanding on the importance of effective communication with parents / carers and other professionals.
  10. Describe three barriers to effective communications.

Course outcomes

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

  1. Legislation and regulatory requirements affecting administration of the small-scale childcare setting.
  2. Marketing techniques for processing and communicating information.

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.