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New Minimum Standards for Childminding


In the first Programme for Government produced by the Executive of the NI Assembly, a commitment was made to put in place a framework to raise the quality of services provided to the community and tackle the issues of poor performance across Health and Social Care. As a fist step in fulfilling this commitment the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety (DHSS&PS) issued a consultation paper entitled “Best Practice- Best Care” in April 2001.


Following this consultation the Health and Personal Social Services (Quality Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 was introduced. Article 38 confers powers on the DHSS&PS to prepare and publish statements of minimum standards applicable to all services. The minimum mandatory standards for the Regulation of Childminding and Daycare Services by the Health and Social Care Trust builds upon the requirements of the Children(Northern Ireland ) Order 1995 and its associated Guidance and Regulations.

Draft Childminding Regulation and Inspection Standards were developed in 2004 however; they have not yet been implemented. These minimum standards are currently being reviewed to ensure they are fit for purpose and, as appropriate, brought up to date before publication. It is not yet clear how long this process will take.

Please note contrary to what some childminders have been advised the new minimum standards will not be implemented from the 1st April 2010. NICMA will continue to issue regular bulletins in regard to progress made. If you have any queries or concerns relating to the introduction of minimum standards for childminding please contact either myself, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Bridget Nodder our Director email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or contact the NICMA office directly on 0871 200 2063 and ask to speak to either Jenny or Bridget.

Jennifer Adair, Assistant Director, NICMA.

Dated: 2.4.2010

The Business Side of Childminding

Please note that a new tax year began on 6th April 2015 - Further information on what has changed (including personal allowances) can be found in NICMAs Getting Off to a Good Start Booklet, available for members free on charge in the members area.

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.


Below are the details and links to childminder live webinars :

Thursday 03 September 2015 at 19.30 -Use this link to book onto this: Self-employed Childminders

Tuesday 15 September 2015 at 19.30 - Use this link to book onto this: Self-employed Childminders

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