About NICMA Training
NICMA’s Training Department offers a variety of training opportunities which allows childminders to increase their knowledge and skills helping them provide the highest quality of care for children in their setting.
NICMA training is designed and developed specifically for childminders. As the experts in the sector we can provide up-to-date information on topics such as new childcare approaches, policy and legislation, child development, safeguarding issues etc. By attending training Childminders keep themselves up to date as well as sharing and learning from others.
The importance of training for childminders
Childminders play a critical role as early educators and encourage children’s brain development through the activities and experiences they offer. Care and learning cannot be separated for young children and the role that childminders play should not be underestimated. NICMA believe that well trained and competent childminders understand the pattern of children’s development and learning and are able to offer a full range of play and learning opportunities that will allow children to reach their full potential.
Childminders care for children in small groups of diverse age ranges and the support they can give to promoting children’s learning and development is crucial. Young children learn best from carefully planned everyday activities and experiences that are planned around their interests. Training in all aspects of child development will enable childminders to reflect on their practice and ensure they are all providing a high quality childminding environment for children and parents.
NICMA’s Training and Quality Framework underpins NICMA’s vision in which childminders are recognised and valued as skilled qualified professionals within the Early Years and Childcare sector. We aim to provide childminders with a variety of training courses, workshops and recognised qualifications that will help them provide a quality home-based childcare service to meet the needs of both children and parents.
“I feel my whole ethos has changed from beginning the Level 3 Diploma as to how I now run my business. I recognise the importance of building and maintaining strong relationships with the parents and children at my setting. Children are the focus of everything I do. I plan my days and ensure that the activities I provide are what the children want to do and enjoy. An important part of this is communicating with the children and taking the time to listen to their opinions.”
Nicma Training Framework
Improve and enhance skills across the childcare workforce & Supporting continued Professional Development in the Childminding sector.