View Full Version : Northern ireland childminders

15-01-2014, 03:37 PM
Love the forum great support but can't help notice the difference in how things operate in England to here
Would love to hear from fellow CMS in NI

15-01-2014, 06:45 PM
hello, i'm in northern ireland. moved here from england 10yrs ago. nice to see you on here

15-01-2014, 09:33 PM
I'm a Northern Ireland childminder too,the difference is huge....

15-01-2014, 09:49 PM
I'm from Northern Ireland too.

15-01-2014, 09:57 PM
have any of you completed your Health and Safety course yet? someone told me it was to be completed by next inspection but i just received my report back from my last inspection and it stated to be competed by July 2015... but im attending the course at the end of this month

15-01-2014, 10:02 PM
I haven't done my health and safety yet. I had my inspection just before Christmas and was told it had to be done by September 2015. Hoping to get it done sometime this year.

15-01-2014, 10:08 PM
at least it not too long i only have to do two nights :)

15-01-2014, 10:17 PM
That's good to know. Do you have to travel far for courses? That's the main reason why I haven't done mine yet as most courses are at least a 30 minute drive away.

15-01-2014, 10:36 PM
What are the differences?

15-01-2014, 10:36 PM
about 20-25 mins away.... i hate how the courses are so faraway... 20 mins is the closest i have seen me tavelling 45-50 mins

16-01-2014, 12:42 AM
What are the differences?

Hi jadavi . I m from northern Ireland too. Off the top of my head I d say the main difference is we don't ( yet ) have the same amount of record keeping , learning journals etc . Number wise we have a very strict 6 under 12 s only 3 of which can be pre school . I ve also received information saying if minder cares for over 12 s the number is subtracted from the under 12 numbers .
We are regulated by social services and our inspections seem so much less stressed than in England . Although a new set of minimum standards has been introduced last July but haven't been fully implemented yet . Social workers themselves don't seem to fully understand the exact expectations.
I m sure others can point out many other differences .