Thinking about Childminding?

This level of the pathway is designed to help you consider what is involved in setting up a successful childminding business and to decide if this is the career for you.

It has been collated from the experiences and advice of established childminders to help prepare potential childminders for their future career. It aims to give a realistic picture of the unique role and responsibilities involved in providing a high quality childminding service. It is strongly recommended that you also undertake induction training in order to talk though and further consider some of the practicalities and requirements of setting up as a childminder.

Throughout this resource we will be discussing how childminders can promote positive outcomes for children. What we mean by this are the experiences the children have. What are they doing, how are they doing it and how do they feel about it?

You will find it useful to look at the Health and Social Care Standards which set out what children can expect when using care services in Scotland

There are many ways to provide a childminding service. You could choose to work full time or part time. You might decide that you want to provide care during holidays, weekends or even provide overnight care. You may choose to work with older children before or after school or plan to work with younger children for full day care. There are opportunities to work as a partner provider to deliver your local authority’s funded Early Learning and Childcare. Whatever you decide it is important to remember that this will be your business, run your way, to provide the best possible outcomes for the children in your care.

It is split into four sections; Click on any section from the drop down menu to learn more.

Working with children – this section focuses on aspects of developing a high quality childminding service which provides the best possible outcomes for children.

Working with the Care Inspectorate – this section introduces the Care Inspectorate and their role in regulating and supporting the improvement of your service.

Working with families – this section explores the unique relationship you will be building with parents and carers and identifies some of the issues you may face.

Running a professional service – this section of the pathway has been written by a business advisor to support you with the setting up of your service as a small business.

You may wish to consider some, or all, of the sections here before applying to register as a childminder with the Care Inspectorate. Each section will help you to consider a different aspect of childminding you may find helpful to think about before you apply to register with the Care Inspectorate. Simply choose the ones you’d like to read more about and click to reveal more information.

When you are ready to apply click here

If you need any help with the application process contact the Care Inspectorate Contact Centre who are happy to talk you through the forms and help support you during this process.

0345 600 9527

A guide to how to register your childminding service can be found here

You may find the following SCMA resource useful