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. Childminders can also access free advertising for their service through Childcare and Recreational Information Service (CARIS) – 0345 351 3000, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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 3-5 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 our Guide to Early Learning and Childcare in East Ayrshire (PDF 2.23Mb)
For information on how to become a registered Childminder in East Ayrshire please contact our Childminding Development Officers on 01563 554980.