Shortage of childminders in Chirnside says SCA

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THE Scottish Childminding Association (SCA) is running a six week induction course for people in the Scottish Borders considering a career as a childminder.

The course starts on Wednesday, February 20, and runs for six weeks on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm-9pm at the Langlee CPD Centre in Galashiels.

The course is free and those who complete all six sessions will be eligible for start-up grants to help with the initial cost of setting up their business.

Raquel Lloyd-Jones, childminding development officer for the Borders region said: “People from all walks of life decide to become childminders as it gives them the opportunity to run their own business which suits their family commitments.

“Childminders are professional childcare workers who work from their own homes to provide a childcare service for other people’s children in a family setting. They are required to be registered with the Care Inspectorate and undertake regular inspection.

“Childminding is a demanding but rewarding career which makes a valuable contribution to the community. Many working parents choose childminders to care for their children due to the flexibility it offers.”

The course covers an introduction to childminding, meeting the needs of children, creating the right environment, raising awareness of child protection and emergency first aid, and working in partnership with parents.

At the moment there is a particular shortage of childminders in Chirnside.

For more information and to book a place on the course please contact SCMA’s Helpline on 01786 449063 from Monday - Friday, 10am to 4pm.