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FREE TRAINING COURSES

FREE TRAINING COURSES

We have been inundated with responses to our free training in 12 hour Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding Children & Childminders.

First Aid courses are now full in the following areas:

East Belfast; Lisburn; Craigavon; Newtownards; Newtownabbey; Armagh; Newry; Cookstown; Ballymena and Londonderry.

Safeguarding Children & Childminders training is now full in the following areas:

Lisburn; Portadown; Armagh & Antrim

If you applied and have not received a letter confirming a place on your chosen course unfortunately you have not been successful. We will keep your name on a reserve list and in the event that further funding becomes available, we will contact you. Please keep an eye on the NICMA website for details.

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

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.

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

Below are the details and link to our June childminder live webinars:

Wednesday 10 June 2015 at 19.30 - Use this link to book onto this: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/306946189716454425

Thursday 25 June 2015 at 19.30 - Use this link to book onto this: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5830766603068215809

User Guide for 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!

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