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

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.

Latest News & EVENTS

HMRC Childminder Webinar - Self Assessment

Posted: 18 Oct 2016

How to complete your online tax return.

Parents warned against the risks of using unregistered childminders

Posted: 24 Nov 2016

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

NICMA’s Annual Conference "Childminding Matters"

Posted: 18 Oct 2016

NICMA’s Annual Conference was held on Saturday 15th October 2016 at the Park Avenue Hotel in Belfast. The theme of this year’s conference was “Childminding Matters”.

'Childminding Matters' Conference News Release

Posted: 14 Oct 2016

NICMA – the Childminding Association today delivers their 32 nd Conference to over 100 childminding delegates across Northern Ireland.

Do you know baby CPR?

Posted: 13 Oct 2016

St Johns Ambulance have joined forces with Tesco to help spread the little known, but incredibly important lesson, of baby CPR to as many parents as possible.

Free Online Training for NICMA Members!

Posted: 12 Oct 2016

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

Reading Advice from Libraries NI

Posted: 27 Oct 2016

Enjoy reading to children - tips for parents and carers from Libraries NI

Tax Free Childcare

Posted: 12 Oct 2016

Tax-free Childcare will be available to around two million households to help with the cost of childcare, enabling more parents to go out to work.

Why should you read aloud to children?

Posted: 09 Oct 2016

Reading aloud is one of the most important activities that a childminder can do with young children...