NI Childminding Association

NI Childminding Association

NICMA, the Northern Ireland Childminding Association, works to support and develop registered home-based childcare. A voluntary organisation with charitable status, NICMA provides a range of care and education services to support Childminders, parents and children. NICMA was established as an umbrella organisation to develop, provide and support a range of universal Childminding services to stakeholders within the sector.

NICMA’s Strategic Aims are:

  • To promote the provision of high quality childcare and education within registered, home based settings
  • To provide training and quality initiatives in childcare and education
  • To encourage legal Childminding
  • To provide a Childminding Information & Advice service to Childminders, parents and those involved in early years
  • To provide a support network to registered Childminders


  • Childminding Groups: To provide childminders with a support network within their own community. Groups can offer training, toy equipment and book libraries, social events, outings for childminders and children, emergency sickness cover.
  • Childminding Vacancy Service: Our computerised database holds up-to-date details of your vacancy situation. With this information we can bring you new business by putting parents in touch with you.
  • New Vacancy Service: On Line Vacancies – to give Childminders the opportunity to advertise their places on NICMA’s web site
  • AGM/Conference: NICMA's Annual Conference provides members with the opportunity to network with childminders from around Northern Ireland
  • Development Officer: NICMA has Development 0fficers available in most areas of Northern Ireland to provide you with individual support
  • Drop in centres: to provide group activities for children and adult interaction for Childminders
  • Childminding Networks: attached to Surestart projects offer the opportunity to join a Network in your area (where available) and have your service quality assured and marketed to parents

Contact Details

NICVA will not disclose any contact details further to those published by the organisation below.


NI Childminding Association
16-18 Mill Street
Co Down
BT23 4LU
United Kingdom


028 9181 1015


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