What is a Quality Assured Network Childminder?

The National Childminding Association (NCMA) devised the “Children Come First” quality assurance scheme to give parents confident in the standards of childcare.  As a mark of quality, Sure Start County Durham adopted this scheme and developed the “Quality Assured Childminding Network” model to promote and develop high quality day care.   


In the Durham Dales, the Quality Assured Network Co-ordinator recruits, assesses, monitors and observes the quality of play, care and learning provided by childminders who are a part of the network. All registered childminders can undergo assessment however using the evidence provided the Co-ordinator decides whether individual childminders are ready to join the Quality Assure Childminding Network.  Childminders are supported to develop provision to Network standards if this is required.


What commitment does the Q A Network Childminder make?

In joining the Q A Network, childminders show they are committed to providing high quality childcare. They agree to attend at least 18 hours of training and professional development each year. They regularly review their service to consider how it can be improved. They complete frequent risk assessment and a written annual review of their service.  


What reassurance do I have that my Q A Network childminder will continue to deliver high quality care? 

Parents have the reassurance that the Sure Start Network Co-ordinator will regularly visit their childminder if they are part of the network.  This is to monitor the childminding service and the continuous provision of high-quality childcare to children and families.


How will my child benefit from using a Q A Network childminder?

Childminders attend regular group meetings together with your child so they will make friends and socialise in a larger group.  The fun activities provided help your child’s learning as they play and interact with others. 

Childminders can access new and exciting resources from the Toy Library to promote children’s development and enhance play opportunities for your child.

Childminders commit to at least 3 days training a year so your child will benefit from this too.

For more information please contact our Childminder Network Coordinator Vicky Taylor on 01388 830920.

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