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RECIPES FOR BABIES AND TODDLERS

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December

Homemade Christmas Presents ....... Click here to download.

 

Christmas

October

Halloween Costumes.......click here to download.

Make you very own little witch and scary zombie costumes.

 

NICMA Witch

September

Weather.....click to download.

Make your very own weather chart.

NICMA - Weather

June

Teddy Bears Picnic ......click to download.

Have your very own picnic and make jigsaws.

NICMA Teddy

May

Handy Work ...click to download
A work sheet for children to record a copy of their handprints to give to loved ones.

NICMA- Hand

April

Cress Heads ...click to download
Get your children to decorate their own cress heads and watch them grow.

NICMA - April

March

IDEAS FOR SPRING ...click to download
The approach of Spring provides a great opportunity to get outside with your children and teach them about how plants grow from seeds.


IDEAS FOR SPRING

February

Blueberry Pancakes ...click to download
I'm blue da da de da de da da de da da da, I'm blue dum de da da de da.


Blueberry Pancakes

January

Recipes for Fun ...click to download
Gloop and paint textured play for kids.


Recipes for Fun

December

Christmas Credit Crunch Play Ideas ...click to download
Are you feeling guilty because you can’t afford the latest ‘must have’ toy which your child wants this Christmas? Or maybe you fear that, whatever you buy, your kids will have lost interest in their toys by Boxing Day. Either way, don’t worry because children are much better off with inexpensive basic playthings .....


Christmas Credit Crunch Play Ideas

November

Hygiene Heros ...click to download
At this time of the year everyones getting coughs and sneezes. Click on the link above to take you to an external site with lots of tips and activities to encourage your children to stay healthy.


October

Halloween Fun ...click to download
Cat Masks and Stuffed Pumpkin all in a days work for your little monsters.


Halloween Fun

September

Hospital ...click to download
Pairs game about who looks after us in hospital.


Hospital

August

Road Safety ...click to download
Colouring in sheets and crossword on road safety.


Road Safety

July

My house and Healthy Eating. ...click to download
Worksheets on who lives in my house helps children to understand family relationships. Another worksheet on health eating helping children to identify whats good and whats bad for them.


My house and Healthy Eating.

June

Summer Lollies ...click to download
From fruit juices to fruit make your own lolly ices.


Summer Lollies

May

Rice ...click to download
Fun with coloured rice.


Rice

April

Sunflowers ...click to download
Grow your own sunflowers.


Sunflowers

March

Scrap Art Daffodills ...click to download
Add flowers to your mothers day cards.


Scrap Art Daffodills

February

Valentines Day Craft and Finger Painting. ...click to download
Create lovely lolly presents for Valentines day and paint fluffy pictures.


Valentines Day Craft and Finger Painting.

January

Australia Day ...click to download
Information and activities on Australia Day.


Australia Day

December

INEXPENSIVE PLAY IDEAS FOR CHILDREN ...click to download
Indoor Play Ideas


INEXPENSIVE PLAY IDEAS FOR CHILDREN

December

INEXPENSIVE PLAY IDEAS FOR CHILDREN ...click to download
Arts and Crafts


INEXPENSIVE PLAY IDEAS FOR CHILDREN

December

INEXPENSIVE PLAY IDEAS FOR CHILDREN ...click to download
Outdoor Play Ideas


INEXPENSIVE PLAY IDEAS FOR CHILDREN

November

Lets Celebrate November ...click to download
Bonfire night food and Thanksgiving facts.


Lets Celebrate November

October

Halloween Activities ...click to download
Don't get scared now!


Halloween Activities

September

Lets Go Fly A Kite ...click to download
Written by Robert B. Sherman With tuppence for paper and strings, you can have your own set of wings. With your feet on the ground, you're a bird in flight! With your fist holding tight, to the string of your kite! Let's go fly a kite Up to the highest height Let's go fly a kite And send it soaring Up through the atmosphere Up where the air is clear Oh, let's go fly a kite! When you send it flying up there, all at once your lighter than air! You can dance on the breeze, over 'ouses and trees! With your fist 'olding tight, to the string your kite! Let's go fly a kite Up to the highest height Let's go fly a kite And send it soaring Up through the atmosphere Up where the air is clear Oh, let's go fly a kite!


Lets Go Fly A Kite

August

Fun learning. ...click to download
Make your own skittle game and help you children to learn shapes, colours and to count.


Fun learning.

July

Snip Snip ...click to download
More ideas from NICMA Childminder Ruth Miller.


Snip Snip

June

Fathers Day ...click to download
The history of fathers day and craft ideas.


Fathers Day

May

Brid Art ...click to download
Art, Cookery Movement and Song all with a bird theme.


Brid Art

April

Aprils Fool!!! ...click to download
Information on April fools day and receipies and art.


Aprils Fool!!!

March

Fun with Rice ...click to download
This month we have relaxing rice and running around with shamrocks. What more do you need! The rice idea was submitted to us by NICMA Childminder Ruth Miller.


Fun with Rice

February

Pancake Day ...click to download
Shrove Tuesday is on 5th February this year. This month’s activity sheet gives you a fab recipe for making both sweet and savoury pancakes and a song to sing while you work.


Pancake Day

January

New Year Resolutions ...click to download
Activities centred around New Year resolutions.


New Year Resolutions

December

Christmas Craft and Food ...click to download
Printed Angels for your little angels arts and craft fun to get your hands into.


Christmas Craft and Food

November

Cups cups and more cups. ...click to download
Arts and Crafts ideas using polystyrene cups.


Cups cups and more cups.

October

Halloween ...click to download
Arts, cookery and pictures to colour in activities to keep your little devils amused.


Halloween

September

Harvest ...click to download
Pictures and Poems for Harvest.


Harvest

August

Feeling Good and Keeping Healthy ...click to download
I’m forever blowing bubbles…………….The fun of bubbles from cleaning and keeping healthy to arts and craft ideas this month has lots to think about and also a colouring in picture for your children or indeed yourself !!


Feeling Good and Keeping Healthy

July

Happy Holidays ...click to download
Holiday drinks and food ideas along with a few ideas for good group games.


Happy Holidays

June

Road Safety ...click to download
Keeping your minded children safe on the road is vital. Activities to do with Road Safety.


Road Safety

May

Rain rain go away come again another day ...click to download
Toodle - luma luma Toodle - luma luma Toodle - oh lay Any umbrellas, any umbrellas To mend today? Bring your parasol, it may be small. It may be big He will fix them all on what you call a thing-a-ma-jig Pitter patter patter! Pitter patter patter! It looks like rain. Let it pitter patter. Let it pitter patter. Who cares for rain? He'll mend your umbrellas, then go on his way Singing toodle luma luma. Toodle luma luma. Any umbrellas to mend today. When there's a lull And things are dull He'll sharpen knives for all the wives In the neighborhood And he's very good. He'll darn a sock Or fix a clock An apple cart A broken heart -- He'll mend anything but he'd much rather sing - Toodle - luma luma Toodle - luma luma Toodle-oh-lay Any umbrellas - any umbrellas To mend today? He'll mend your umbrella Then go on his way singing Toodle luma luma Toodle luma luma Any umbrellas to mend today.


Rain rain go away come again another day

April

Basket Activities ...click to download
A lot of us think you have to be a basket case to be a childminder - these activities embrace it!!!!!


Basket Activities

March

St.Patrick's Day Activities ...click to download
Feeling a bit green? Well these St.Particks day activities will help you to. Activities and games to help teach the children in your care the colour green. Also St.Patricks Day themed colouring in sheets.


St.Patrick's Day Activities

February

Queen of Hearts ...click to download
If these activities don’t bring out the romantic in you nothing will!!! Cookery, Art and Rhymes February’s activity sheet has it all!


Queen of Hearts

January

Fun with Playdough ...click to download
Why not go back to basics and have some fun making play dough! Here we list all that you will need and what you can do to have hours of fun with children.


Fun with Playdough

Minimum Standards

CHILDMINDING AND DAYCARE FOR CHILDREN UNDER AGE 12

The ‘Minimum Standards’ were launched in July 12 as a means of providing a consistent level of quality for all childminding and daycare services and to ensure a consistent regional approach to registration and inspection.

There are 2 documents relating to Minimum Standards:

  1. Childminding and DayCare for Children under age 12 – Minimum Standards – July 12
  2. Childminding and DayCare for Children under age 12 – Minimum Standards – IMPLEMENTATION GUIDANCE – July 13

 

 

HMRC

Got a lot of questions about tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses?

This course will build your confidence by guiding you through everything you need to know to get started. There are useful tips from others who have been where you are now and practical case studies to help you along the way.

http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/courses/syob2/ni_cma/index.htm

 

New Research Launched

Childminding in Northern Ireland:  an exploration of practice, quality and the impact of vertical placements on children.

This exciting study is as a result of the first time any research has been carried out on childminding in Northern Ireland.

Addressing the quality of care, the benefits and difficulties of vertical grouping (i.e children of different ages being cared for together).

The study also provides a profile of childminders in terms of age, gender, qualifications held and access to training and support.

It's two overall aims are :

  • To ascertain the impacts on children of vertical grouping.
  • To explore issues of practice and quality within childminding in Northern Ireland.

To read the full report Click Here

Childminding Policies

All registered Childminders must have a range of Policies in place to ensure good practice.

NICMAs policies are available to download FREE OF CHARGE from the Members section of our website as part of NICMA membership OR purchase a full pack of 29 Policies, a template ‘Statement of Purpose’ and NEW Risk Assessment & Fire Log Booklet for non members costing £25 DEDUCTABLE from your first year’s Membership Fee.

Click here for information on which policies have been updated.

Click here for information on Employers Liability Insurance.

Click here for an order form. (pdf)

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News Flash

Book Your Training Online!

We are now offering the facility to book onto NICMA courses via an online form.

As this is a pilot only Promoting Positive Behaviour in The Early Years is available.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FORM

 

Online Applications!

Is your membership due for renewal?

Are you interested in joining NICMA?

We are now offering online membership applications and accepting payment via paypal!

To Apply or find out more Visit the Joining NICMA area of the website.

Payments by PayPal

Minimum Standards Training

Training on Childminding and Day Care for Children Under Age 12 - The Minimum Standards and Childminding Inspection Process

NICMA & the Trust Early Years teams are currently delivering training sessions as above. You will receive a letter inviting you

to attend according to your inspection date.

It is essential that you attend on the date offered so that you can understand what the standards mean to you as a

childminder as well as understanding the inspection process.

Read on....