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The SCA Team

SCA pride themselves on warm, friendly, approachable and professional Early Years teachers, practitioners and childminders working across the UK. The SCA team regularly undertake training to maintain a high quality level of support, rigorous training and effective regulation. All staff have excellent knowledge of the New EYFS 2021 & Children's Development Matters 2020.

With over 40 years of experience in childcare and teaching, SCA have the skills, knowledge and experience to offer childminders valuable support. SCA not only offer comprehensive professional development to childminders but also opportunities for further education and a progressive career path.

Nothing is too much trouble for the SCA Team, there's no such thing as a silly question, feel free to ask them anything!                    

Claire Chapman – Director:  

Claire Chapman, Director and Founder of SCA, has been a registered childminder for over 20 years. She is a working mother of 4 and a grandmother, with a BA Honours Degree, trained Senco and a wealth of qualifications. Claire recognised the need for high quality, better regulated and supported childminding settings across the UK. Her vision is to ensure better care, experiences and education for children and their families by creating a network of excellent childminders who are trained to enable all children to achieve their fullest potential in a safe and supportive environment.

Linda Mitchell - Advisor/Office Administrator:  

Linda is a Health and Children’s Centre Manager for the local authority and has achieved the NPQICL (National Professional Qualification of Integrated Centre Leadership).  Within her varied role, Linda line manages a team of Family Support Practitioners who, on a daily basis, implement the EYFS within children centre and outreach services. Linda has also undertaken recent training of safer recruitment processes and is experienced in this.

Michelle Boreham - Senior Childminder Agency Manager                                                        

Michelle has worked in childcare since 2005 as a qualified early years teacher. Michelle is also a mother of two and a grandmother. Michelle has up to date early years qualifications along with designated safeguarding lead training. Michelle loves a challenge and is always happy to help - ask Michelle any question no matter how big or small the question is. 

Donna Hollis  - Childminder Agency Manager         

Donna has been working in childcare since 2006 as a qualified childminder. She is also a working mother of two. Donna has a childcare qualification in early years along with designated safeguarding lead training. Donna loves  to support childminders at SCA and is very happy to pass on her own experiences to other like minded childminders. 

Tracey Morrison -Childminder Agency Manager
Tracey is an outstanding qualified childminder and has been working with children since 2008. Tracey enjoys her childminding job and loves to support others. Tracey likes to spend most of her time outdoors with children at her allotment. The children she cares for have regular outings to explore the woods or the beach and have an enriching experience of life and nature. Tracey loves her role as an Agency Manager where she feels she can advise and mentor others, as well as grow herself.

All SCA Agency Managers have up to date Early Years Foundation Stage qualifications along with being Designated Safeguarding leads and are all currently working as childminders. 

Agency Managers provide SCA childminders with consistent and regular support, including implementing the EYFS to fulfil their statutory requirements, planning and observations, monitoring visits and helping to get setting ready for their inspection. Agency Managers can also help with Early Years Funding and much more. 

SCA also offer a Parent/Childminder Matching Service. Our Agency Managers support both parents/carers to find the most suitable setting for their children and as a result help to drive business for childminders.

SCA believe childminders are central to the Early Years sector in this country and we want them to be recognised as such. In order to offer the highest quality of care and early education to children, childminders need access to ongoing advice, support and training, whether it's by email, face-face or over the phone.  

Quality Assurance Inspectors 
SCA have their own friendly inspectors who are qualified Early Years teachers and Designated Safeguarding Leads. They all hold various qualifications regarding the childcare sector and keep up to date with current legislation. SCA inspections are graded the same as Ofsted and uses the current Education Inspection Framework (September 2019):

Outstanding – Grade 1          Good – Grade 2             Requires Improvement – Grade 3                Inadequate – Grade 4

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