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|LOCAL CONTACT DETAILS:
Fiona Carter, Caithness and Sutherland Development Officer
50 Seaforth Avenue
Tel: 01955 606931
Fax: 01955 606931
Free Milk for Under 5’s
Pre Registration Training
Application for Funding
Scheme of Excellence
‘Goodbye’, Small Grant Scheme, ‘Hello’, Awards
Scottish Childminding Association AGM
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Something for the Kids—’Moodonna’ colour-in
Hello and welcome to the Winter edition of our very own
newsletter, full of interesting news and helpful advice for the
busy childminder in Caithness and Sutherland. Hope you all had a
lovely summer and managed to take advantage of the sunshine when
it came out! Things have been very busy here and there’s a lot
to tell you about. I’m always pleased to hear from you and would
be delighted if any of you have any ideas for items or
information that you would like included in your newsletter.
This could be an idea for a regular feature or simply a one
off piece of information or event. All ideas are gratefully
** FREE MILK FOR UNDER 5’S **
The Health Department’s Welfare Food Scheme enables children
under the age of 5 to receive, free of charge, 189ml (one third
of a pint) of milk for each day they attend approved day care
facilities for two hours or more. Babies aged under one may
instead receive infant formula milk (dried baby milk) made up to
189mls. Registered childminders are entitled to apply for this
and can be reimbursed for the cost of the milk they supply to
children as stated above. Please note however, child care
provided for less than two hours per day does not qualify for
approval under the Scheme.
To claim, you must first be approved by WFRU before you can
receive payment for the milk that you supply. Contact WFRU
(Welfare Food Reimbursement Unit) on Tel: 020 7887 1212 or Fax:
020 7887 1258 to receive an application form and complete and
return this form promptly. Reimbursement will not be made for
any milk provided before the date of approval, so it’s in your
interests to apply and be approved as soon as possible.
In keeping with the milk theme, I have attached a picture of
Moodonna the cow, for the little ones to colour in, just for
Due to demand, we’re running a new preparation training course
in Thurso over October and November. This has been provisionally
booked and is due to begin on October 24th at The Park Hotel.
Dates and times are listed below:
Monday 24 October
Monday 31 October
Monday 7 November
Monday 14 November
Monday 21 November
Monday 28 November
All sessions will take place from 7pm – 10pm and will be tutored
by Hilary Herrick. We hope to see as many as possible attending.
The Caithness Childcare Family Resource Partnership are
currently organising training for the following:
Positive Behaviour Management
Allows participants the opportunity to look at:
• Motivations behind particular behaviours
• How we respond to such behaviour
• Consider positive versus negative reinforcement
• Look at and discuss a specific behavioural problem
• Established strategies for dealing with challenging behaviour
And much more………………..
Tues 6th Dec 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Wick (venue to be decided):
First Aid Dates & times to be decided
Food Hygiene Dates & times to be decided
If you wish further details or are interested in taking part,
please contact me via the contact details given, and I will
forward your name on to the relevant parties.
FUN WITH FOOD TRAINING
ADVENTURES IN FOODLAND was developed by the Health Education
Board for Scotland (HEBS) in partnership with several other
organisation, and is a resource giving information on why it is
important to promote healthy eating, oral health and physical
activity in young children. It makes suggestions for
healthy meals and snacks for toddlers and pre-school children
and has activity sheets with a range of recipes, activities and
ideas to share with them. If you would like a pack, contact
Margaret Pettigrew on 0131 536 5544 who should be able to help.
‘Adventures in Foodland’ training has been organised for:
Wednesday 7th December from 10am – 11.30am
Thurso – venue to be confirmed.
It will be a morning of having fun with food and getting your
hands dirty, whilst also learning about healthy eating and how
you can make food fun for children.
The workshop will be presented by myself, so anyone who is
interested in coming along and joining in the fun, please
contact me as soon as possible, so that I can confirm numbers
APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDING
I would like to remind you all that financial assistance may be
available to you from the Childcare Partnership. You can access
up to £350 every 3 years for many different purposes. For
example, if the Care Commission make recommendations of
alterations to your home, if you need to update your stock of
toys and play equipment, or if you need to purchase safety
equipment, then it’s worthwhile finding out whether funding is
available. To get advice about this, contact Lindsay Gunn on
Tel: 01955 605040 who will be able to answer all your questions.
There is also the possibility of funding being made available to
childminders who have been recommended by the Care Commission to
install fire safety equipment. The fine detail of what will be
available has yet to be decided, but I will keep you notified of
the final decision.
Awards For All
58 Waterloo Street
0141 242 1200
Good luck with your applications and let us know if you are
successful and we will feature you in our newsletter and
For any childminders who have been offered childcare vouchers as
payment for their childminding service, I have found out a
little bit about them for you.
Childcare vouchers are offered
by employers to their staff, usually as part of a flexible benefits package
They save the employee money
on their childcare costs due to their
Tax and National Insurance savings.
Childcare vouchers can be used
as full or part payment for a wide
range of childcare options, including registered childminders.
They can be used to pay for
the care of children up to the age of 15.
They are available in both
paper and electronic format.
Any childminder who agrees to
accept payment by childcare vouchers will be sent out a Carer
Pack, which explains how the scheme works and contains
everything you need to enrol and operate the scheme.
Payments are made directly into your bank account (or by cheque
if you prefer this).
For further information, visit Accor Childcare Vouchers website:
Thurso childminders plan to hold a Christmas Party at the Free
Church (across the road from Thurso swimming pool) on Tuesday
13th December from 10am – 12 noon.
We hope to have a bouncy castle and a selection of toys for the
children to play with, and would love for as many of you as
possible to come along and join in the fun. We also hope that
Santa might pop in, if he’s not too busy getting ready to
deliver his presents to all the good boys and girls in
We will hold our usual get-together on Tuesday 8th November at
10am at the Free Church, where we will discuss arrangements and
consider any ideas you may have. Please come along, as we
always love to see new faces.
SCOTTISH CHILDMINDING ASSOCIATION AGM
Here’s a word from Janet Russell, an Inverness childminder and
Highland Elected Member, about our recent Annual General
“The Annual AGM & Conference was held on Saturday 8th October in
Paisley. Well, it actually started off on the Friday night with
a disco, which was great fun. The AGM was very straightforward
this year & the resolution to change the membership categories
was almost unanimously accepted. So, when you renew your
membership the first letter on your membership number will
probably change. Although this removes the ‘group’ member’
category of the SCMA, the SCMA are still keen to promote &
support the local groups that meet throughout Scotland.
After the AGM official business, there was a
chance to get information / purchases from various stalls such
as SCMA, Care Commission, Ethnic Dolls, outdoor play, & toy
stalls. Then, there was a selection of workshops to choose from
such as Birth to 3, Holistic Play & SCMA Marketing Me. It is a
great way to get some fresh ideas, meet with other childminders
& SCMA staff from throughout Scotland, & get first hand
information on what is happening in Childcare in Scotland.
Although admittedly still ‘work related’, I still feel as if
I’ve had 24 hours off to myself & that doesn’t happen very
often. Why not put next years AGM & Conference in your diary?
There is a social on Friday 6th October & then Saturday 7th
October is the AGM. And to make it really easy for you to join
in, it’s at the Newton Hotel in Nairn!”
Janet Russell – Highland Elected Member