About Us

The Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) is the only organisation dedicated to supporting childminders in Scotland. Our aim is to promote childminding as a quality childcare service. We do this in part by helping SCMA childminders to be the best they can be. Our Vision: “Quality childminding… building confident children within a family childcare experience.” Around 80% of Scotland’s childminders are members of SCMA. As a member, you’ll be part of something bigger than your own business.

Press releases

Childminding services decline as the ELC expansion progresses towards 2020

“At 31 December 2017 there were 5,426 childminding services registered in Scotland. The drop of 4.3% in the number of childminders (243 fewer... read more

27.11.2018 • By Scottish Childminding Association

Dispelling childminding myths

On the day that spells are traditionally being cast, five leading childminding organisations within the United Kingdom and Ireland have joined... read more

31.10.2018 • By Scottish Childminding Association

Childcare sector welcomes new Worked Based Award

Six steps form one giant leap towards an accredited qualification. Over 5,500 childminders across Scotland, and those entering the childcare... read more

23.04.2018 • By Scottish Childminding Association

Childminders develop a child's mind

Nearly 200 childminders gathered together in the Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline on Saturday 30 September 2017 for the SCMA Annual... read more

03.10.2017 • By Scottish Childminding Association

SCMA Annual Conference 2017: Childminding develops a child’s mind

One TV celebrity, the Minister for Childcare and Early Years, and one very special announcement are all set to ensure that the forthcoming... read more

26.09.2017 • By Scottish Childminding Association

Parents - childminders need your help! Pledge your support today.

Save Our Services: #SOSChildminding is a brand-new pledge website from SCMA, who is looking for parents across Scotland to make a pledge to help... read more

26.09.2017 • By Scottish Childminding Association

SCMA launch new Early Learning and Childcare Campaign to protect the...

Outside of the childcare sector, childminding is probably one of the least understood services, often thought of as little more than complimentary... read more

07.12.2016 • By Scottish Childminding Association

Childminders top of the class for delivery of quality services

‘ Childminders provide higher quality services than other daycare of children services ’ is one of the key findings in the Early Learning and... read more

30.11.2016 • By Scottish Childminding Association

Scottish childminding conference shaping up for success

Delegate bags are bursting at the seams with merchandise, and final preparations are well underway, for the SCMA Annual Conference: Where next?... read more

28.09.2016 • By Scottish Childminding Association