Scottish Childminding Association

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Scottish Childminding Association
Abbreviation SCMA
Motto Quality childminding… building confident children within a family childcare experience
Legal status charity and membership organisation
Headquarters Stirling
Region served
Official language
Chief Executive
Maggie Simpson[1]
Main organ
Childminding magazine (quarterly)

The Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) is a charity and membership organisation based in Stirling, Scotland. It provides support, training and information to childminders in Scotland. SCMA's Convenor is Hazel Moffat and its Chief Executive is Maggie Simpson.[2]


By law, childminding services in Scotland must be registered with the Care Inspectorate, [1] the independent regulator of social care and social work services across Scotland. The Care Inspectorate regulates childminding services according to the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 and assesses their quality to make sure they meet the National Care Standards which are published by the Scottish Government.[3]

Community Childminding[edit]

SCMA’s Community Childminding Service provides short-term childcare for families in need. Community Childminding Services currently operate in Aberdeen, Dumfries and Galloway, Fife, Glasgow, West Lothian and the Scottish Borders.


The Association publishes a quarterly magazine, Childminding magazine,[4] and operates a helpline.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Improving training standards for childminders in Scotland". Cardonald College, Glasgow. 22 November 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Staff contacts". Scottish Childminding Association. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Registering and running a childminding service: what you need to know. Dundee: Care Inspectorate. 2012. 
  4. ^ "Childminding magazine". Scottish Childminding Association. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Helpline". Scottish Childminding Association. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 

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