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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

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

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.


Below are the details and links to our April childminder live webinars:

Tues 14th April 7.30pm Childminders

Thurs 30th April 7.30pm Childminders

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.

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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

Date for your diary!

Saturday 17th October 2015 at Bannville House Hotel in Banbridge

NICMAs Annual Conference

Keep an eye out on our website for more information!

Training Update

NICMA are currently updating all training records.

If we do not hold any training details for you, we will have emailed you a list of available courses.

If you have attended training but still received an email it may mean we do not have the correct details.

Please contact us with the dates you completed both Health & Safety and Safeguarding Children and we can amend our records.

Once completed  your certificate for these courses is valid for 3 years.

Tel : 02891 811015


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