Children Come First childminding networks
A childminding network is made up of a group of registered
childminders who are supported by a network coordinator who is
employed to manage the network (usually by a local authority).
Children Come First (CCF) is a quality improvement scheme for
childminding networks run by the Professional Association for
Childcare and Early Years (PACEY, formerly known as NCMA).
- CCF is well recognised across the childcare sector.
- The scheme enables networks to accredit childminders to offer
early years education.
- CCF is designed especially for childminding networks and
- CCF has been developed to give networks a strong working
framework, which encourages them to plan for the future.
To be approved by Children Come First a childminding network
must show an independent assessor that it meets the Children Come
First Criteria and it must be reapproved every three years.
Childminders joining a Children Come First network must
demonstrate to the network coordinator that they meet the network
standards and agree to the coordinator visiting regularly.
Many networks are set up to support particular local projects,
for example, caring for the children of teenage parents as they
return to school or training, or to provide respite care to
If you are interested in setting up a childminding network,
get in touch
with us to find out ways in which childminding networks have
worked with a range of organisations.
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