Purpose of this guidance
This guidance will be kept under review as we move through the different phases, and:
- sets out our principles for childminding services across Scotland that recognises childminding as a home-based care and learning environment
- takes account of scientific and medical advice and provides clarity on practical approaches to safely operating a childminding setting, and
- provides enhanced practices during the COVID-19 period to support the prevention and control of infection covering.
Where this guidance states that childminders:
- “must” do something, there is an expectation that it is done without exception
- “should” do something, this is strongly advised, where appropriate
- “may” or “may wish” to do something, the relevant sections have been included as examples of relevant practice that can be considered if appropriate.
Nothing in this guidance affects the legal obligations of childminders with regard to health and safety and public health advice. Childminders must continue to adhere to all such duties when implementing this guidance. Under the Coronavirus Act 2020, they must have regard to the advice of the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland.
This guidance is not exhaustive and we expect childminders will continue to operate within the relevant legal and regulatory frameworks to ensure the health and wellbeing of children and parents while they are using their service, including any impact on or from members of the childminders own household. Measures put in place within the setting to comply with this guidance must not contravene health and safety legislation, for example, not leaving fire doors open to increase ventilation.
This guidance should be read alongside:
- strategic Framework for Reopening Schools and ELC and the framework document COVID19- a framework for decision making.
- health Protection Scotland non-healthcare settings guidance: this contains information on health protection and infection prevention and control issues including cleaning, hygiene measures, what to do if someone falls ill, laundry considerations and waste management.
- realising the ambition: Being Me - early years national practice guidance for Scotland.
- setting the table: nutritional guidance and food standards for early years providers in Scotland.
- infection Prevention and Control in Childcare Settings (Daycare and Childminding Settings)
- NHS Inform - Covid:19 Shielding Guidelines
- health and social care standards
- test and protect guidance
- guidance on individual risk assessments
- shielding advice and support
Scope of this guidance
This guidance is for Care Inspectorate registered childminders. This guidance is for Care Inspectorate registered childminders. Nannies and au pairs are able to provide childcare in family homes, following the changes to the restrictions on meeting indoors. They should follow the guidance on meeting indoors.