Benefits of Membership

Become a Childminder

Why Join NICMA?

NICMA is a membership organisation and professional body working to support and develop quality home-based childcare and learning for the benefit of children, families & communities.

  • NICMA is the only organisation actively working on behalf of the childminding sector in Northern Ireland.
  • NICMA have 30 years experience of dealing with local childminding issues and is well respected within the early years sector.
  • NICMA staff have a strong local knowledge base with field staff working in every H&SCT area.
  • NICMA offer a ‘value for money service’ for childminders - just over £2 per week for the full membership package which has been ‘tailored’ to meet the needs of self-employed childminders.
  • NICMA work hard to source funding for training packages and bursaries which are then offered to members free of charge.
  • NICMA childminders can access advice and support both through the office, the web site and through locally based staff on any aspect of their childminding business.

Included in your membership

Included in your membership


Membership Pack

Every NICMA member receives a pack of information to help with the business side of childminding - contract forms, child record forms, pay guidelines etc. to enable childminders to run a professional service.

Telephone Information

NICMA's Information Line is staffed Monday - Thursday (9.00am - 4.00pm), Friday (9.00am - 1.00pm) to answer childminding queries from members or parents.

Childminding Matters

NICMA's e--zine provides up-to-date information on childminding issues, training and new developments within the organisation


We offer a range of leaflets and publications to help childminders run their businesses effectively.


Childminding Groups

To provide childminders with a support network within their own community. Groups can offer training, social events and outings for childminders and children.

Childminding Vacancy Service

Our computerised database holds details of all members vacancy situation. With this information we can bring you new business by putting parents in touch with you. On Line Vacancies gives Childminders the opportunity to advertise their services on NICMA’s web site.


NICMA's Annual Conference provides members with the opportunity to network with childminders from around Northern Ireland.

Childminding Networks

Attached to Surestart projects offer the opportunity to join a Network in your area (where available).

Loyalty Discounts

Available for continuous membership and group discounts available through your local Support Group/Buddy Group.


Training and Quality Initiatives

Provision of a range of training programmes to support and enhance the quality of home based childcare.

Training Opportunities

Access to a range of training opportunities for members and non-members.

Support and Guidance

Provided to ensure all Childminders understand how to meet minimum standard requirements.


Opportunity to access the Level 2 Certificate in Childminding Practice to enable childminders to enhance their knowledge, skills and understanding of the early years sector.

Insurance Cover

Public Liability

Each childminder is covered for up to £5 million in the event of accidental injury/death occurring to a child in their care. Damage to the property of third parties

Legal Expenses

Cover of approximately £100,000 for defence of any criminal prosecution arising from normal childminding duties and responsibilities.

Free Legal Advice

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, NICMA members have access to a Legal Advice line offering free advice on any legal problems.

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