Thursday 21 November @ Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena
This seminar was aimed at any individual who was considering becoming a registered childminder. Jenny Adair from the Northern Health and Social Care Trust kicked us off with promoting Childcare Partnerships that they run which aims to increase the number of childcare places and to ensure high quality affordable childcare for parents across the region. They provided figures on the need for childcares in the Northern Ireland district and reassured the attendees the services they require from them.
Patricia Lewsley-Mooney, CEO of NICMA (Northern Ireland Child Minding Association) encouraged the attendees by saying “Childminding is a very important role and is not something to enter into without very careful consideration and preparation. If you love children and want to help give them the best start in life, being a Registered Childminder could be the ideal job for you.”
From the Central Early Years Team, Joanne Montgomery talked the women who attended through the application process and how long it takes to become a registered childminder; providing them with what training and workshops they will need to complete as part of their steps of registering.
After becoming a registered childminder, Tina Gregg from Action for Children spoke upon the support they provide to child carers such as keeping them up to date with their training and supporting the bond and relationships they form with the families. She completed by saying “The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.”
To complete the day, John Rob from the Community Health & Well-being team in Mid and East Antrim touched on the equipment and safety measures that must be in place within the home that the childminding will be held.
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