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Preparing for Inspection HOT TOPIC

Preparing for Inspection

Whilst you may know you are due an inspection, not all inspections are announced so you should always make sure you are organised just in case!

Whether it is your first inspection or you have had several before, it is in your best interests to ensure you are prepared.

HERE are our top tips…

afeguarding & Child Protection

Safeguarding & Child Protection

As a childcare provider you have a duty to protect all children in your care and must be aware of a variety of child protection issues and the measures we can put in place to protect children from harm. Are you doing all that you can?

Be SURE by working through our Safeguarding Steps…

EYFS Curriculum Planning

EYFS 2021 – Planning YOUR Curriculum

How you deliver the 7 areas and what you would like children to learn through the spaces, interactions and experiences you provide is your curriculum.

The seven areas of learning known collectively as the ‘Educational Programmes’ have been re-written in greater detail and therefore we must review our curriculum to ensure we support development inline with the new framework.

This guide provides a summary of the changes within the Areas of Learning descriptions and ideas to help you support development in YOUR setting.

Realising the ambition

Realising the Ambition in YOUR Setting

As a registered provider caring for babies and young children in Scotland, you should be familiar with the national practice guidance Realising the Ambition and be able to demonstrate how you apply it’s principles in your setting to ensure the best outcomes for children.

In this guide, we will go over the key messages from the guidance, what it is asking of childcare providers and also link to resources that may help you to put the principles into practice.   



The coronavirus pandemic has impacted our world more than we could have ever imagined. Whilst the threat of the pandemic is easing, it is important to remain aware of the risks and do what we can to protect those who are vulnerable.

As childcare providers we have a responsibility to help minimise the risk,  and protect and support children and families.

Supporting School Readiness

Supporting School Readiness

Starting school is one of the most significant milestones in a child’s life. A mixture of emotions ranging from joy and excitement to anxiety, fear and sadness will be felt not only by the children but by their parents and families too.

As childcare providers, we have an important role to play in supporting children and families with this significant change and can help in a variety of ways…

Managing your accounts

As a self-employed childminder, you are responsible for your own Income Tax and National Insurance contributions. You must register as self-employed with HMRC and keep records of your income and expenditure so as you can complete your annual self-assessment tax return.

Take the stress away by following our helpful tips…

Understanding GDPR

If you have never heard of GDPR OR if you have… but don’t quite understand what it means for you and your childcare business then you need to read this!

Cover the essentials in 9 easy steps…