Find a Childminder Near You

Are you looking for high quality childcare that is flexible, affordable and fits around your family?

A SCMA childminder could be exactly what you need.  Childminders are professional childcarers, registered with the Care Inspectorate, who work from their own homes. They offer high-quality care in a home-from-home environment and your child will benefit from low adult-to-child ratios and a variety of important developmental experiences.

Did you know that you can choose a childminder to deliver your funded entitlement of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC)? All three and four-year-olds, and eligible two-year-olds are entitled to 600 hours of funded Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) per year for your child. From autumn 2020 this will increase to 1140 hours per year.

For parents whose preference is to use a childminder for their funded hours (either in part or in full) and their childminder meets the National Standard criteria should contact their local authority. If you are unable to use a childminder to deliver your child's funded hours, insist that it is. Read more about ELC for Parents

Childminder Search

Here's a few things to consider and think about when choosing your childminder:

Are they registered?

Ensure your childminder is registered with the Care Inspectorate and has valid Public Liability Insurance. Ask to see their registration certificate and details of their insurance policy. If you think someone may be running an unregistered childminding service, contact the Care Inspectorate.

The Contract

Childminders are self-employed. Always carefully read through the contract with the childminder before signing and keep your copy of the agreement safe. Contracts are legally binding, so if you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask. This means you are both fully aware of the terms of the service.

Inspection Report

Before signing the contract, ask for a copy of the childminder's policies and procedures. This should let you know how the childminder deals with risk assessments, child protection issues, discipline, infection control and other important practices. Have you checked their inspection report from the Care Inspectorate?

Training and Learning

Have you asked about their SCMA Learning Log and Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) record? Childminder are obligated to take responsibility for their own learning and professional development; maintaining and improving their knowledge and skills.

Settling in Period

Take your child along for a "settling in" visit before the contract begins. That way you can meet each other and assess how comfortable your child is in the setting. At this point you can iron out any issues with the childminder before the contract comes into effect. All good childminders will offer a settling in period.

Top of the class

Childminders are rated top of class, with 44% rated as very good or excellent across all quality themes compared to 41.5% in other daycare of children services, including nurseries. Everyday activities and learning through play, teach young children valuable life skills and benefit their wellbeing.

“SCMA membership is something that parents recognise. It assures them that you’re serious about being professional and providing a quality service.”

SCMA member from Falkirk

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Please note: All childminder profiles published on this website are the responsibility of each individual respective childminder. SCMA cannot be held responsible for incorrect or misleading information. SCMA reserves the right to refuse any Childminder Search Service profile from this website.

Childminders operating services in Scotland must be registered with the Care Inspectorate. To verify the status of a childminder in Scotland, visit the Care Inspectorate website at