Welcome to NICMA

The Northern Ireland Childminding Association

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For Childminders & Parents

Search for Registered Childminders

All listed childminders are registered, insured and have undergone all appropriate checks

Register as a
Childminder

All childminders must be registered by their local Health and Social Care Trust

The Importance
of play

Play is at the heart of children’s everyday lives and experiences – from birth to adulthood

Latest News & EVENTS

Tax Free Childcare is now live!

Posted: 21 Mar 2017

The Government has introduced Tax-Free Childcare.

Changes to "My Childminding Policies"

Posted: 13 Feb 2017

NICMA have been made aware by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) that changes need to be made to a number of Childminder policies relating to Data Protection.

Supporting Children Learning English as an Additional Language

Posted: 17 May 2017

This course aims to support practitioners and to provide them with the practical skills, knowledge and information to work with children with English as an additional language.

Parents warned against the risks of using unregistered childminders

Posted: 01 Mar 2017

The use of ‘unregistered childcarers’ in Northern Ireland is all too common and is putting children’s safety at risk.

Understanding Self-Evaluation and Reflective Practice

Posted: 17 May 2017

This course is aimed at practitioners who wish to understand their own professional development needs when providing childcare services in an early years setting.

New Car Seat Rules

Posted: 01 Mar 2017

Existing booster seats and cushions are not affected by new rules coming into force by March 2017.

NEW Implementation Guidance

Posted: 12 Jan 2017

The final Implementation Guidance is now available.

Free Online Training for NICMA Members!

Posted: 09 Feb 2017

FREE online training modules to help develop childminders knowledge and skills in children and young people's mental health, well-being and development.

Why Choose Childminding

Why Choose Childminding?

Childminding is unique, affordable and flexible to meet families’ individual needs offering:

One-to-one attention

Low adult/child ratios allow for a level of individual attention that is rarely matched in centre based care.

Real life learning

Children looked after by a Childminder enjoy real life experiences like cooking, shopping, gardening, mealtimes etc.

Family friendly

Brothers and sisters of different ages can be cared for together regardless of age, stage and ability.

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For Childminders

NICMA is the only organisation actively working on behalf of the childminding sector in Northern Ireland

Childminding Vacancy Service

NICMA hold up to date details of your vacancy situation. When parents search for available childminders in their area, you get found!

Childminding Groups

Groups can offer support, advice, training, events for childminders and children, all to support your childcare practice.

Training & Qualifications

A range of training courses and qualifications to assist you and enhance your childcare practice.

NICMA is a regional charity & membership organisation

NICMA works to promote quality childcare within home-based settings throughout Northern Ireland.