Becoming a childminder

We aim to make sure that good quality, affordable childcare is available to meet the needs of all families across Aberdeenshire and we offer help for childminder: 

You need to register with Care Inspectorate to become a childminder.


We offer free induction training for childminders, running throughout the year. The topics include:

  • partnership with parents
  • taking the professional approach
  • promoting positive behaviour
  • an introduction to child protection

To apply for this course or for more information, contact the Scottish Childminding Association.

Funding for childminders

Our childcare strategy team provides childminder start up grants and grants for childminders providing out of school care. 

Start up grants

We can help you to get started as a childminder with a grant of up to £500 to contribute to the cost of purchasing equipment. We can also provide you with an additional grant of £250 if you need to install interconnecting fire alarms within domestic premises. 

To be eligible for this funding you must: 

  • operate for approximately 48 weeks per year
  • offer a flexible service to meet the needs of working parents
  • promote social inclusion and actively encourage participation by children with special needs, or from lone parents, low income or ethnic minority families
  • ideally undertake the induction training offered through the childcare strategy 
  • be registered with the Care Inspectorate under the regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001
  • make information about your services available to the Childcare Information Service
  • operate in areas where there is an identified need

You can also apply if you are an individual who can create new or expand existing places or facilities in Aberdeenshire.

To apply for this grant contact our childcare strategy team.

Grants for providing out of school care

We can provide you with a grant of up to £500 if you are an existing childminders who provides, or intends to provide, care for children before school, after school and in the school holidays.

This grant is to contribute to the purchase of toys, games and equipment.

To apply for this grant contact our childcare strategy team.

Promoting childcare services

You can promote your services via the Scottish Family Information Service website. A wide range of establishments across Aberdeenshire, including health centres, schools, workplaces, libraries, and job centres advertise this website.  


For more information about becoming a childcare worker and funding, contact our:  

Childcare strategy team
Craigearn Business Park 
Morrison Way
AB51 0TH
Telephone: 01467 536625

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