NCMA North West Annual Regional Meeting

Today, I attended the NCMA’s Annual Regional Meeting in Stockport. There was plenty of discussion about the NCMA’s brand and proposals to change the association’s name to embody the terms “Early Years” and “Professional”. There were also some very strong views put forward regarding the proposed deregulation of childminders by Elizabeth Truss MP. These proposals threaten a two-tier system of childcare where childminders would no longer be regulated by Ofsted.

 

During the day, I took part in workshops on “Outdoor Play” and “Story Sacks and Aprons” and gained some good ideas from both. I also bought some new resources from the numerous trade stands at the event: safety mirrors, items for treasure baskets and sensory play, twirling ribbons, a 1m wooden ruler! I could have spent a fortune…

 

One of the nice things about the day was the opportunity to meet other like-minded childminders from around the north west, many of whom are rated Outstanding by Ofsted. There was a real sense of mutual support and I came home feeling like an NCMA member, not just a number. All in all, it was a worthwhile day out and I think I will be going again next year!

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