Quality childminding …. building
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family childcare experience.
|LOCAL CONTACT DETAILS:
Fiona Carter, Caithness and Sutherland Development Officer
11 Fraser Drive, Wick, Caithness, KW1 4PJ
Tel: 01955 606931
Fax: 01955 606931
Hi everyone and
welcome to our latest newsletter. Hope you all enjoyed the
summer holidays and managed to get a little bit
of sunshine. We went camping in York and had some lovely
weather, with the occasional downpour between times. We didn’t
float away in the tent though, as many predicted, and we’re back
and looking forward to moving house.
My new address will be:
11 Fraser Drive
So if anyone has anything to send to me, please post it to my
new address, as of 3rd August.
FIRST AID TRAINING
There are spaces available for childminders to attend Childlife
training on the following courses:
Community Lounge, Brora Community Centre
Tuesday 18th September
1.30pm – 4pm
North Highland College, Wick
Tuesday 23rd October
6pm – 9pm
North Highland College, Bettyhill/Farr Sutherland
Wednesday 21st November
1.30pm – 4pm
North Highland College, Thurso
Tuesday 4th December
9.30am – 4pm
If you would like to book any of these courses, please
contact Ian Goode, Childcare and Family Resource Officer in
Ross-shire, Tel: 01349 866252 or e-mail:
Don’t worry if you can’t access the dates available, as first
aid training is constantly being arranged and new dates will be
available throughout the year.
Remember that you must keep your First Aid training up-todate
though – it must be renewed every 3 years!
CHILDCARE AND FAMILY RESOURCE OFFICER
As some of you may already know, Lindsay Gunn, who was the
Childcare and Family Resource Officer for Caithness and
Sutherland with Highland Council, has moved job and no longer
works in Caithness. She has taken up a new and exciting post as
a Consultant with the Business Improvement Team and is now based
in Inverness. Her post is being covered by the Childcare and
Family Resource Officer for Ross-shire. His name is Ian Goode,
and he can be contacted by telephone on 01349 866252, or by
Ian will be the person to contact in relation to first aid
training, start-up funding, food hygiene training etc. If you
are in any doubt about who to contact, please give me a call and
I will be happy to advise you.
CAN I HAVE YOUR E-MAIL?
Following my plea in the last newsletter, I would be very
grateful if you would contact me to let me have a note of your
e-mail address. I have received quite a few addresses from you
all, but still have many to get. I will only use e-mail from
time to time, if I am unable to get hold of you by phone, but
find that it is much more convenient for me than telephone.
Often I am only briefly in the office, and struggle to find time
to keep phoning someone I can’t get hold of. So if you are
computer literate, have an e-mail address, and check your email
fairly regularly, please e-mail me on
give me a phone, or pop along to your nearest group meeting and
let me have a note of your e-mail address.
I promise not to send you junk e-mails!!!
Unfortunately, there are no items for sale this month. Please
get in touch if you have any second-hand equipment or resources
which might be of use to other childminders in the area. Please
note, SCMA are not responsible for any equipment sold between
As you know, one of the focuses for this year’s Care Commission
inspections is Infection Control. Infection Control includes
areas such as pet safety and hygiene; nappy changing procedures;
potty training procedures; food and kitchen hygiene; cleaning of
toys and play equipment; hand hygiene etc.
To help you ensure that your infection control procedures and
policies are of a high enough standard, I have some publications
which will be of great assistance to you.
A Clean and Healthy Start to School
Looking After You and Your Baby
Keep It Clean and Healthy
If you would like one of these, either come along to one of our
group meetings where I will have a stock for you to choose from,
or phone or e-mail me and I will post one out to you. Another
useful place for you to find information regarding Health and
Hygiene is at the following website:
www.dettol.co.uk There is
loads of interesting information regarding germs, allergies,
first aid and lots more. There is also a fun interactive section
for the kids to learn about the importance of hygiene, and there
are some useful links to other agencies who can offer advice and
pointers towards a safe, clean and healthy environment.
The latest pre-registration training course, which took place in
Wick during May and June has finished, and was very well
attended. A few of the trainees are in the process of
registering and I am looking forward to welcoming them to SCMA
and registered childminding in the near future. If you know of
anyone who is interested in becoming a registered childminder,
please ask them to get in touch with me and I will provide them
with the information they need.
It’s that time of year again when we start thinking about our
Annual General Meeting and Conference. This years event takes
place at The Business Learning and Conference Centre in
Dunfermline from Friday 5th – Sunday 7th October. You are
invited to come along and experience a variety of learning
opportunities, keep abreast of current thinking and meet
like-minded people committed to delivering a quality
childminding service to Scotland’s children and families. There
are many interesting workshops and seminars to choose from
including active play, child and mind, protective behaviour,
tiny talk, infection control, play it safe, the psychology of
play and the developing child.
If this sounds like the sort of thing that you would enjoy,
please give me a call and I will send you out a booking form
with further information. I hope that we may be able to secure
some sort of financial aid to assist with the cost of the
conference, but I will let you know more about this once I have
a list of people who would like to attend.
SCMA NEWWEBSITE LAUNCH AND BALLOON RELEASE
The normal monthly meeting of the Thurso Group has been
cancelled for September, due to a Website Launch Event and
Balloon Release. This will take place on Saturday morning, 8th
September in Thurso, and further details will follow nearer the
time. This event is a national event happening throughout
Scotland, and the ‘activity morning’ planned in Thurso on this
date is open to all childminders throughout Caithness and
Sutherland. So please write the date down in your diary and keep
an eye out for further details, which will be posted out to you
all nearer the time.
Below are some interesting websites available for your
you have any other links I could add to these, please e-mail
them to me.
USEFUL CONTACT NUMBERS
Childcare and Family Resource Officer
Childcare and Early Education
Conon Family Resource Centre
Tel: 01349 866252
Fairways Business Park
Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise
Tollemache House Station Road
High Street Golspie
Thurso 01408 633872
Highland Childcare Information Service
Tel: 0845 601 1345