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Quality Childminding in Practice

On the evening of Monday 19th June a special research workshop on quality childminding took place at Stranmillis.

Several stakeholders with an interest in the profession of childminding attended the event, including representatives from the Northern Ireland Childminding Association (NICMA), Employers for Childcare, social services, local further education colleges, Stranmillis University College staff and of course childminders themselves.

Rosemary Snodden, lecturer at Belfast Met and part-time childminder, opened the event with an interesting insight into her personal journey working as a childminder. A presentation entitled ‘Quality and Diversity in Childminding’ by Dr Lynn Ang and Dr Glenda Walsh then followed. Dr Lynn Ang is a Reader in Early Childhood Education at the Institute of Education, University College London and Glenda is Head of Early Years Education at Stranmillis University College.  Key topics explored within their presentation included a synopsis of existing evidence within the field of quality childminding and an examination of childminding practices in England, Japan and Northern Ireland. The evening ending with a rich discussion about quality childminding in practice.

It was a really interesting event that we thoroughly enjoyed’ (Aoife Hamilton, Policy and Information Manager, Employers for Childcare).

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