The Minimum Standards for Childminding and Day Care for children under age 12 were launched in July 2012.
These standards ensure quality child care for all children and parents who use registered services. For the first time, they mean that all parents and children who use registered child care can expect to receive a consistent minimum standard of care, no matter where they are in Northern Ireland.
The standards are used by Health & Social Care Trusts to register and inspect childminding and day care services for children under age 12.
The Standards state that all registered childminders must attend training in three core areas:
1.Health & Safety
2.Child Protection / Safeguarding
NICMA can offer Health & Safety and Safeguarding training that is specific to childminding settings and will meet the requirements of the Minimum Standards.