20/07/2012

New Minimum Standards For Childminding Published

Health Minister Edwin Poots today announced the publication of new minimum standards for childminding and day care settings for children under age 12.

The standards specify the minimum requirements which providers of childminding and day care services must meet. They also clarify the level of service children and their parents can expect to receive.

The Minister said: "The benefits of quality childcare are well-known and I am working to ensure provision which is high-quality and consistent across Northern Ireland.

"There are more than 5,000 registered providers of childminding and day care services looking after many thousands of children every day and, through the implementation of these standards, working families will be reassured that their children are receiving quality care."

The Minister continued: "These standards will create a benchmark against which providers can measure their services and use them to further improve the care they offer."

The standards are part of a series being developed by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) for regulated care services. Standards have already been published for residential family centres, residential and nursing care homes, nursing and domiciliary care agencies and day care settings.

(CD/GK)

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