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What is a childminder?

Childminders are professional childcare workers, who work from their own home to provide a childcare service for other people's children in a family setting.

Anyone offering a childcare service, in their own home for children under the age of 16 years, for more than two hours a day, for a reward of any kind, must, by law, be registered by the Care Inspectorate

Why would parents choose childminding?

Childminders offer a flexible and unique service as they look after small groups of children and their service can often extend to both evenings and weekends. Being cared for by a childminder gives children the opportunity to learn from real-life experiences. Everyday activities like going to the shops, involvement in school pick-ups, family meal times and visits to the park all teach children valuable life skills.   

Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA)

SCMA is the only organisation in Scotland dedicated to supporting childminders. More than 80% of childminders in Scotland are members.

SCMA vision: Quality Childminding - building confident children within a family childcare experience.

For more information please go to or call the helpline on 01786 449063.

SCMA also has a Childminding Development Officer working in the local area to support you before, during and after registration. If you require any help please email Lorna Carlyle or call her on 01698 832076


Council Tax privacy statement

Why we collect information about you

We collect and hold information about you, and those in your household, to administer and collect Council Tax, including assessment of your entitlement to benefits, discounts and/or exemptions. We will comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 and retain your information in accordance with the Act.

We will ask for your contact information and use this to contact you about your Council Tax account..

How we use your information

We will use your information for the administration and collection of Council Tax. We may also use your personal details to help prevent and detect crime and/or when required by law and if necessary share it with other public bodies for those purposes. We will not use your personal details for any other purpose without getting your consent first. You may have been asked to give this additional consent at the time when you originally contacted us, for example in an additional section on an application form.

Sharing your information

We will only share information with other organisations where it is necessary, either to comply with a legal obligation, or where permitted under the Data Protection Act, for example, where sharing is necessary for us to carry out the Council Tax function or if there is a public interest to do so such as the prevention and/or detection of crime (see below). This could include the need to disclose sensitive or confidential information such as medical details to other organisations. We may disclose information when necessary to prevent risk of harm to an individual.

At no time will your information be passed to external organisations for marketing or sales purposes or for any commercial use without first getting your consent.

We participate in anti-fraud data matching exercises carried out by other agencies such as the National Fraud Initiative (operated on behalf of Audit Scotland) and the Housing Benefit Matching Service (conducted on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions). We have a duty to manage public funds properly. As a result, we will use the information you provide to make sure all amounts we are owed are paid on time (for example, by identifying people who have not paid Council Tax and to help people who are entitled to benefits to claim them).

We may also share your information with debt management organisations engaged by us and the courts in relation to outstanding money owed. We may also share your information for the same purposes with other public organisations, including neighbouring councils that handle public funds, and with the police. We may also share your details with other organisations, including credit reference agencies, to help prevent and detect fraud and to confirm who is resident at an address.


Where external contractors are appointed to process information on our behalf, there are contracts which require them to keep personal information safe and prohibits them from doing anything with your personal data other than following our instructions.

Statistics and reports

We may use your information (and the occupier’s if different) for related audit, statistics or management information. Personal details will not be used to identify you (and/or the occupier if different) in any reports or analysis or shared with other parts of the council or anyone else. The Council is the data controller for the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998. The Council’s Privacy Policy sets out the high level principles we operate to in using people's personal data.

Last updated 27 January, 2017