child carers registration deadline looming

employers of child day carers in the Borders will be breaking the law if their staff continue to practise without registering with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Compulsory registration comes into force on September 30, and the SSSC this week issued a press release, entitled Is your early year’s practitioner registered?

“There are around 2,150 day care of children practitioners who have still to register in Scotland,” revealed an SSSC spokesperson this week. “Required registration means that staff working within day care of children services are of good character, hold relevant qualifications and continue to develop their skills to work with our children and young people.”

Helen Ross, senior education officer at Scottish Borders Council, told us: “We have a small number of practitioners who still need to register. We have sent out reminders and would urge them to do so as soon as possible.”

Indeed, all care of children services, including nurseries and out-of-school care, have been notified so that staff at practitioner level, such as nursery nurses, complete their registration application on time.

The SSSC spokesperson said some workers may be registered with other bodies, like the General Teaching Council for Scotland, but those who are not must register with the SSSC.

“Applications must be received as soon as possible and those not registered must notify SSSC of their circumstances. Employers need to be sure staff have their applications in now or are already registered, while parents and carers can also help by asking the service if its staff are registered.”

For details of employers’ responsibilities and to check if your child’s carer is registered, go to