Scottish Government has outlined the central role of childminders will play in the delivery of any further expansion of childcare. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans for a new standard of best practice for childminders, which is to include a new training and induction programme that all childminders will be expected to complete prior to registration.
The training and induction programme, which will be developed with the Care Inspectorate, will support the development of skills and training for all childminders working in the early learning and childcare sector.
Maggie Simpson, Chief Executive of Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA), said:
“I’m delighted to hear of another piece being added to the jigsaw. Today’s announcement of the development of a quality standard for childminders will bring childminding in line with the opportunities that are already enjoyed by the rest of the early years workforce.
“There is already a robust registration and inspection process carried out by the Care Inspectorate with childminding services amongst the highest graded Early Learning and Childcare providers.
“SCMA and our childminder members also wanted to see more direct access to qualifications and I look forward to working with the Care Inspectorate, Scottish Government, the Scottish Social Services Council and on the development of this quality standard for childminders.”
We look forward to working closely with our partners in SSSC, Care Inspectorate and SCMA in support of this development.
Read the Scottish Government press release here.
Scottish Childminding Association
Scottish Social Services Council
Royal Horticultural Society
The Edible School Garden
Dumfries House, KA18 2NJ – Tuesday 19th November 2013, 10 am – 3 pm
Kilbarchan Primary School, PA10 2LA Thursday 28th November 2013, 10 am – 3 pm
To give teachers of all age groups the skills to confidently grow and manage a simple productive garden throughout the year. To ensure that produce is used in tasting, cooking and enterprise activities. Every school should be a food growing school.
At the end of this course you will:
a) Have the knowledge and skills to sow and grow the RHS top 14 fruits, vegetables and herbs for the school garden, to provide a range of fresh, healthy produce throughout the school year
b) Get hints and tips on tasting and cooking with the produce, outside in the garden and in the school canteen
c) Know how to add value to your produce through correct harvesting and storage, preserving and other simple enterprise ideas.
Experience: Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
RHS Development Officer for Scotland
Bookbug Session for the Home training is suitable for professionals already working with vulnerable families in their homes.
The training will provide professionals with the knowledge, tools and resources to incorporate the core principals of Bookbug sessions (talking, cuddling and sharing books, songs and rhymes) into their home visits. The training focuses on how to sensitively and practically encourage parents and carers to engage with children in the home.
Bookbug for the Home training is available on the following dates and locations.
28/11/2012 Education Suite, Dundee Heritage Trust 4-6.30pm
28/11/2012 Blythswood Room, Mitchell Library, Glasgow 10am-12.30pm
05/12/2012 Bridgeton Library, Glasgow 10am-12.30pm
16/01/2013 Bridgeton Library, Glasgow 10am-12.30pm
23/01/2013 Bridgeton Library, Glasgow 10am-12.30pm
19/11/2012 Conference Room 3, Civic Centre, Livingston 2 – 4.30pm
24/01/2013 Alexandria Library tbc
Bookbug for the Home is being delivered as part of the Bookbug Assertive Outreach programme to reach vulnerable families. This is taking place in the following authorities over 2012/13: Argyll and Bute, East Renfrewshire, Dundee, Glasgow, Inverclyde, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire and West Lothian. Subsequent training dates in all of these authorities will be offered in due course, and the Scottish Booktrust are very happy to put on bespoke dates on request.
To make a booking or for more information contact Kirsty Sinclair, Early Years Outreach Co-ordinator at Scottish Book Trust on 0131 524 0179 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org