National Childminding Association (NCMA) membership survey results

The results from the NCMA 2007 membership survey conducted by Qa Research were recently released.

The NCMA represents registered childminders, nannies and other carers, promoting quality home-based childcare for the benefit of children, families and communities.

1000 childminders in England and Wales were surveyed by CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing) on a range of issues affecting their work, including access to training and development, quality improvement, vacancies and fees.

Key findings include:

  • Over a third of respondents work to strict quality improvement standards in line with NCMA and industry guidelines
  • Registered childminders and nannies often work alone and therefore struggle to attend training during work hours because they are caring for children and cannot organise appropriate cover – this is particularly the case when funding is only available for full-time courses, rather than accredited units that support learners working towards a recognised qualification
  • Nearly 75 per cent of childminders accessed training in 2006 – 2007
  • Many of the childminders surveyed offered flexible hours, with 83 per cent working during school holidays
  • Wage rates remain comparatively low, with 35 per cent of respondents charging an average fee of just £3 per child per hour

The research will be used by the NCMA to lobby for more training and professional development assistance for childminders and to promote more rewarding wage rates without compromising affordability.

For more details of our Children and Young People research services contact:

Kerry Watson

Tel: 01904 632039

E-mail: kerry.watson@qaresearch.co.uk