A registered charity, Northamptonshire Childminding Association (now known as Childminding UK) was formed in 1991 by a group of working childminders. The association is still managed by a team of practising childminders who, as trustees, form the voluntary management committee. Our charity number is 1047565.
Our mission is to offer professional support to all Ofsted registered childminders, promoting high quality home based childcare through education and training. We will support and work in partnership with children and families in every community to ensure that they have access to high quality childcare, enabling children to reach their full potential and keeping them at the heart of all our activities.
We have over 20 years experience of supporting childminders locally and we are now putting all that knowledge into expanding as a national organisation, dedicated to supporting childminders across the country. We have an excellent understanding of the challenges they face and how the role has changed over the years.
The Staff and Trustees work hard for the organisation because we are passionate about the benefits of childminding for individual children and their families. Our training and resources are all designed to help childminders provide a high quality service to the children in their care and our membership package includes advice and support on a personal level.
Have you got the skills needed to take us forward as we continue to expand? Could you offer the commitment needed to be a Childminding UK Trustee? Find out more about what’s required and download an application form If you would like an informal chat please ring Elaine Pitteway on 01536 711809 or Anita Baxter (Chair) on 07711 353680
Childminding UK Patron
We are priviledged to have children's author Neil Griffiths as our Patron!
Here's what he has to say about Childminding and Childminding UK:
I was thrilled and deeply touched when originally asked to be Patron of the Northamptonshire Childminding Association and I’m pleased to give my continued support as they move forward as Childminding UK. In my day, accredited childminders did not exist and as a child I was reliant on kind neighbours and friends of the family. How times have changed and improved greatly, thanks to so many amazing childminders all over the country. Some are lucky enough to be offered a Membership Association, a crucial line of support and encouragement. Childminding UK is one and I therefore have jumped at the chance of being able to be part of such a wonderful group of professionals ensuring children get the best start in life!