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The Community Childcare Support Service was established in 1999 and has continued to provide direct support to childminders in East Ayrshire under various roles.

Registering as a childminder

In order to become a childminder in Scotland you must register with the Care Inspectorate.

The Community Childcare Support Team delivers a free training programme to anyone living within East Ayrshire who wishes to become a childminder.  This programme ensures that attendees receive the information needed to successfully complete the registration process with the Care Inspectorate.

Support will be on offer throughout to ensure good quality childcare provision is established for the communities of East Ayrshire.

Ongoing training and support to registered childminders

The Community Childcare Support Officer provides ongoing support to registered childminders with any issues relating to their business.  Childminders can access the training calendar which offers various learning opportunities to ensure local and national expectations are met within their practice. Regular newsletters are sent out to keep everyone up to date of changes within national and local guidance.

Community childminding

The Community Childcare Support Service arranges placements for children with Community Childminders. Places for children primarily but not exclusively aged 0-3 years. Community Childminders are Registered Childminders who have undergone specific training and been approved by a multi-agency assessment panel.

Blended model

Participating childminders offer high quality childcare experiences for eligible 2 year olds. Find out more about the eligibility criteria for 2 year olds.

The blended model allows parents/carers to share their 2-5 year old’s funded hours between a childminding setting and an Early Childhood Centre. For more information on requesting a blended model please refer to A Guide to Early Learning and Childcare.

For information on how to become a registered Childminder in East Ayrshire please contact our Community Childcare Support Service.

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