About the National Childminding Association
NCMA www.ncma.org.uk/ external site (the National Childminding Association) is a professional body that supports Registered Childminders, they make sure that you have a voice. They help you by making sure they are involved in any changes connected with Early Years, such as being involved in the consultation for the revised EYFS.
NCMA have published several documents which support you as a Registered Childminder, such as how to be reflective, which will support you with the completing of your Self Evaluation Form (SEF) for example.
NCMA also have a 'members section', which you can access if you subscribe to NCMA, giving you a range of sample Policies & Procedures and documents to support you with the running of your business.
Below are a few of the publications that are available to you and will help you with the day to day running of your business; but do check out NCMA's website www.ncma.org.uk/ external site.
National Childminder Association Guides to childmindingSafeguarding
Children's Centres and CRB checks - Briefing advice on Childminders attending children's centres and being asked for evidence of their CRB check.
Safeguarding Children - A colourful easy to read Guide for Childminders on all safegarding issues.
Supporting Childminders - An advisory resource for Local Safeguarding Children Boards (England). Looks at how childminders can help children with safeguarding issues.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Early Years Foundation Stage - Getting Started
Being Self Reflective - Helping you understand and improve your childminding practice.
Other useful documents
Home from Home - Advice for parents when choosing a childminder. Leaflet is useful to Childminder to see the expectations of parents when choosing a childminder.
Starting A Childminding Group - Starting a childminding group is an excellent way to meet other childminders in your area. By having regular meetings you can help each other, share ideas, swap resources and even save some money. Groups are a great way to promote childminding within a local community and group members organise social activities and events for themselves and the children they care for.