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Leading Childminder

A leading Childminder is a member of the North Yorkshire Childminding Network, and is thereby able to offer the free 15 hours funded provision for three and four year olds (two year olds in certain areas), providing an alternative to nursery and day care settings.

What is the North Yorkshire Childminding Network?

This is a County-wide group of childminders offering very high standards of service to families, who are supported and monitored by a Network Coordinator. They receive recognition of their professional status and encouragement to develop skills and gain further qualifications, through bespoke training arranged specifically for them. They receive close support from both their Network Coordinator and peers, allowing them to develop their practice and quality. This in turn allows parents to see commitment to quality care. Only by being a member of this Network can childminders deliver funded Early Years Provision for three and four year olds (two year olds in certain areas).

What is involved?

Leading Childminders are committed to quality. Being part of this scheme demonstrates excellence in practice and dedication to a quality service for families. In order to be accepted onto the Network a childminder must demonstrate that they meet certain standards and are committed to continued professional development.

Who can apply to be a Leading Childminder?

You no longer need to be a Leading Childminder to offer Funded Childcare. Any childminder, who has more than 12 months recent childminding experience, has a 'good'  or 'outstanding' Ofsted inspection outcome, has completed a relevant level 3 qualification can offer Funded Childcare if ready to undertake more assessment, more training and receive less £.

Who supports the Leading Childminders?

The Network Coordinators, who are also childcare sufficiency support officers, will provide assistance to those wishing to join the Network as well as monitoring and encouraging those childminders who are already members.

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