Childminder Training

Remember to check out our Online Courses too!


The Highland Council

Download the Early Learning & Childcare Staff Development Programme for 2015-16.

These courses are open to all staff from early learning and childcare settings, early primary, out of school care and childminding.

If you have access to the Highland Council online CPD system you should book in this way but if you have any difficulties, or do not have access, you should contact Clachnaharry on: 01463 711176.


PLiP – Play and Learning into Practice

Our Play and Learning into Practice course, delivered by CALA and HiMATS, is targeted at fairly new, inexperienced or unqualified staff who would like to access a comprehensive introduction to early learning and childcare. The course, FREE to practitioners working in Highland, is delivered one day a week, over six weeks, and provides a wide range of practical learning experiences as well as the necessary underpinning child development knowledge and an understanding of how to set up and run an effective childcare provision.

This course may also be booked by childminders, subject to availability.

If you are interested in this course, please contact our Inverness office for the next available dates:

E: inverness@calachildcare.co.uk T: 01463 703033


PiP – Play into Practice

New or unqualified Out of School care staff working in Highland can access this FREE practical five-day course delivered by CALA and HiMATS. The course provides students with an introduction to the value of play in out of school settings. The course has one SQA NC unit incorporated into it: Children and Young People: Process of Play. It is therefore an ideal introduction to study for those beginning to work towards a relevant qualification.

This course may also be booked by childminders, subject to availability.

If you are interested in this course, please contact our Inverness office for the next available dates:

E: inverness@calachildcare.co.uk T: 01463 703033


Working with Children 0-3 years

This HiMATS online self study course draws on current best practice guidelines and is intended to help you develop your knowledge and skills in promoting the development of children aged 0-3 years through the provision of quality play opportunities and stimulating and nurturing environments.

  • On completion of all course work except the final assignment you will be awarded the CPD certificate.
  • On successful completion of all course work and final assignment you will be awarded the SQA HNC Unit: Working with Children 0-3 years. (8 SCQF credits at level 7) and the CPD certificate.

Download the Working with Children 0-3 Flyer & Booking Form


FREE HMRC webinars for childminders

A basic guide to key tax and National Insurance issues affecting self-employed childminders. Find out the next live webinar date here. (Just scroll down the page until you find ‘Self-employed childminders’).