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New Training and Induction Programme for Childminders⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog


Scottish Government has outlined the central role of childminders will play in the delivery of any further expansion of childcare. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans for a new standard of best practice for childminders, which is to include a new training and induction programme that all childminders will be expected to complete prior to registration.

The training and induction programme, which will be developed with the Care Inspectorate, will support the development of skills and training for all childminders working in the early learning and childcare sector.

Maggie Simpson, Chief Executive of Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA), said:

“I’m delighted to hear of another piece being added to the jigsaw. Today’s announcement of the development of a quality standard for childminders will bring childminding in line with the opportunities that are already enjoyed by the rest of the early years workforce.

“There is already a robust registration and inspection process carried out by the Care Inspectorate with childminding services amongst the highest graded Early Learning and Childcare providers.

“SCMA and our childminder members also wanted to see more direct access to qualifications and I look forward to working with the Care Inspectorate, Scottish Government, the Scottish Social Services Council and on the development of this quality standard for childminders.”

We look forward to working closely with our partners in SSSC, Care Inspectorate and SCMA in support of this development.

Read the Scottish Government press release here.

Scottish Childminding Association

Care Inspectorate

Scottish Social Services Council

Nintendo Wii @ St Timothy’s Primary⤴

from @ ICT Hardware Loans


We borrowed the wii to provide motivation for children to participate in physical activity. We also wanted to improve the fine and gross motor skills of P1 children and in particular children with Additional Support Needs. 

How ICT supported Learning and Teaching

We used the wii within our P.E. sessions, Purposeful Play and our school Fun Day. Children played a variety of games from the wii sports package in small groups. During P.E. we used the wii as a station within our fitness stations. Children rotated through all stations ensuring that everyone had a turn. During Purposeful Play the wii was used as a specific area where children could develop their movement skills.


Many children were experienced in using the wii and were skilled in using the controllers and navigating through the games. We found the wii had a positive impact on social interaction. Experienced wii users enjoyed explaining to less experienced users how to use the controllers to play the games. The games also provided the children with a topic of conversation and the communication between players and the audience during the games was an unexpected benefit. The wii also provided an excellent way for children with ASN/physical disabilities to participate fully in physical activity and to develop their fine and gross motor skills. All children enjoyed using the wii and were motivated to take part in physical activity.

Here are some of their thoughts:

“I liked playing the tennis. It was the best part.”

“The bowling was fun.”

“I liked playing the wii during the fun day because it was fun.”

“I liked when I was playing with my friends because it was good fun.”

“Everyone got a shot of the wii.”

“It was good in gym because it was fun.”

“It was super fun.”