A childminding network is a formal group of registered childminders.
What is a Childminding Network?
A childminding network is a formal group of registered childminders who are approved by the National Childminding Association Quality Assurance scheme, "Children Come First".
The childminders are recruited, assessed and monitored by the network co-ordinator. The network co-ordinator monitors the practice of all network childminders every term to ensure that the quality standards, approved by the National Childminding Association, are being met and maintained.
Comments from parents who use Network Childminders
"Our daughter is always happy to go and enjoys telling us about her day. The activities are always varied and interesting."
"Communication is always efficient and we are involved fully in decision making."
"Provides education, exercise, healthy food and a loving environment."
"Listens to our concerns and answers all queries promptly and adequately." (survey July 2009)
There are a number of benefits for childminders to become part of the network:
- Regular monitoring by the network co-ordinator
- Additional training and support
- Promotes childminding as a professional, high quality option
- Encourages childminders to become accredited in order to access 3 or 4 year nursery education grant funding of up to 15 hours per week
- Training for childminders on how to prepare young children for school by offering early education support from qualified teachers and area SENCOs
- Toy resource and equipment loan scheme
- Toy library membership
- Reference library service
- To inform parents and carers and other professionals of the benefits of using the services of a network childminder to deliver early years education
- Regular support meetings
For a network to be approved by NCMA Children Come First scheme, all childminders on the network must demonstrate childminding practice that meets the standards set out in the NCMA Quality Childminding Charter.
For further information please contact The Family Information Service
Telephone No: 020 8303 7777 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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