What is a childminder?

Childminders work from their own home to provide a professional 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, often extending onto 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 call 01236 879159 or visit the SCMA website for local officer contact details.