Becoming a childminder
From August 2014 the number of hours of free early learning and childcare for children aged three and four has increased from 12.5 to almost 16 hours a week. Some two year olds will also receive this free entitlement. More childcare workers are needed to to support this change. Find out more:
Contact us for an information pack on becoming a childminder.
The pack explains your first steps to becoming registered and who you contact for support throughout the process.
The Childcare Strategy offers free induction training for childminders, running throughout the year. The topics include:
- partnership with parents
- taking the professional approach
- promoting positive behaviour, and
- an introduction to child protection
For more information on this course, or to apply for a place, contact the Scottish Childminding Association Development Workers on 01651 873184 (South) or 01779 480415 (North).
Start up grants
Start up grants are available for new childminders.
Free promotion and advertising
The Family Information Service can help childminders to promote their service by advertising vacancies on our database. The database is used by parents, carers and professionals across Aberdeenshire.
Childminders can find out details about other childcare provision in their area. This may be particularly helpful if a childminder is thinking of expanding their provision or making changes to their charges.
Publicity about the Family Information Service has been distributed to a wide range of establishments across Aberdeenshire, including health centres, schools, workplaces, libraries, and job centres.
Keeping up to date
We can keep you up to date via our newsletter. This lets you see what other childminders and groups have been up to and can perhaps give you some ideas for your own activities. And if you have any news, achievements or photos that you think other readers would be interested in, this can be put into our next issue.
The Family Information service can also keep you informed of any new training courses or conferences being run through the Childcare Strategy.