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Childminder Fees

In 2014/15, the suggested Childminding charges set for full time childcare by NICMA’s Childminding Advisory Council [made up of working Childminders] are a minimum hourly rate of £3.20 per hour per child. Part time places may be charged at an enhanced hourly rate.  This does not take into account regional variations.

As Childminders are self employed childcarers, they can set their own terms and conditions and therefore the suggested charges are a guideline only.

For further information on childminding fees, contact NICMA on 02891 811015.

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 January 2015, as it is January there is one normal Childminder webinar and one covering Online filing, details as follows:-

Tues 6th Jan 7.30 Childminders


Thurs 15th Jan 7.30pm  Childminders Online

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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