Sunday, March 01, 2015
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NICMA have updated a number of policies which are available to download in the members only area. It is worth noting that these are relatively small changes and can be made by hand.

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Minimum Standards


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

To view a list of NICMA policies and when they were last updates please click here.

To see how each NICMA policy links to the Minimum Standards please click here

The Business Side of Childminding

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

This online tutorial from HMRC 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.

Here are the details of the Childminder webinars for February 2015:-

05 February at 7.30pm

24 February at 7.30pm

User Guide for Childminders


This User Guide is based on the Childminding and Day Care for Children Under Age 12 Minimum Standards and has been specifically written for childminders.  It is not a replacement for the Minimum Standards but does cover each Standard, how it applies to you and the minimum you will need to provide for inspection. To download a copy of this document please click here.

Health & Safety App

There is a new series of awareness sessions to promote the new Childminding Health and Safety Mobile App.

These events are aimed at registered childminders and early years social workers to;

  • Promote mobile applications as an alternative training option for registered childminders.

  • Demonstrate how this app will enable registered childminders to meet the Minimum Standards required for health and safety in a childminding setting for registration and inspection purposes

This initiative is being facilitated by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council, NICMA — the Childminding Association and are Supported by the Child Care Partnership

Please click here to see a list of these promotional events.



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Shopping with NICMA!

Not only can you pay for NICMA Membership online but a variety of publications are also available for purchase in NICMA Shop.
(Members get reduced rates by logging in to the members section and using the Members Shop)

The Books That I Love

Click here to read ‘The Books that I love…’  book reviews compiled by childminders

NICMA Business Training

NICMA Business Training

Getting Off to A Good Start

Click here for a list of available courses and a booking form.

Make it Safe!

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