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Mumsnet versus UK Childminding versus NCMA Local: which one is for you?

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Italiana Mon 26-Nov-12 07:53:17

Which is the best in your opinion? and why?
Is there a difference between this 3 Fora?
What attracts you to one more than the other?

poopnscoop Sun 23-Jun-13 19:40:01

'What childminders haven't got at the moment is any organisation which represents their interests alone, or provides an open forum which is not controlled for commercial gain.'

Just to update you... is a social enterprise SOLELY for childminders... and independent childminders at that.

Italiana Sat 01-Dec-12 11:47:28

yes I did and found that the other site is open to c/ms as well as others
I communicate with that member on both sites
There was no other hidden agenda behind
My question was to find out which site members found more useful and why as there are 3...I also found your early answers very good

Tanith Sat 01-Dec-12 11:46:07

It's my understanding that the blue forum works along the same lines as the pink one, except it isn't owned by an egomaniac owner removing accounts for minor perceived transgressions.

There are lots of closed forums for childminders. Some are on facebook and I believe the Yahoo groups are still going.

Tanith Sat 01-Dec-12 11:37:46

On 29/11 and 30/11, on another thread, you questioned another member's presence on the forum. Your query appeared here shortly afterwards.

Italiana Fri 30-Nov-12 21:06:53

CmMum Thank you for your clarification

CmMum Fri 30-Nov-12 16:11:07

Hi, sorry had to change name as hq asked me the moment the forum is for childminders, with outside agencies helping childminders such as homechildcarer childminding cafe etc.

There's nothing stopping other carers such as nannies etc popping on.


Italiana Fri 30-Nov-12 15:09:49

Tanith I am not quering anyone's membership If you look at my post above of 26 Nov I said I like the fact it involves many are misjudging my reasons so lets get on and continue our useful discussions with all involved, it's Friday after all!!!

Tanith Fri 30-Nov-12 13:32:57

If you want to query someone's membership, go to the appropriate place. Bad form to bring it up on another forum and rude and officious to be publicly questioning another person's right to be there.

Italiana Fri 30-Nov-12 12:25:30

Tanith I have no issue whatsoever as I like the forum very much as I said I am curious to find out if it was just for c/ need to be so cross!!

Tanith Fri 30-Nov-12 09:44:57

Sorry, but who the hell appointed you as membership police?!! angry

Contact Pippin et al if you have an issue about the forum. Don't bring it on here!

Italiana Fri 30-Nov-12 08:03:56

UK Childminding Please can you clarify if your forum is just for c/ms or open to all ...same question posted in the other blog...just curious as you will see from my reply elsewhere

Italiana Mon 26-Nov-12 17:22:01

The question is what will NCMA do when the DfE funding stops in March 2013?
I doubt it has fulfilled the aim of reaching out to isolated c/ms or those in need of peer support where the LA lacks that service.....I know many isolated and unsupported c/ms and they do not flock to Local

The other problem with Local is that it is impossible to know which posts get the most hits, therefore pointing at where the most interest is, they have refused to put that facility in.

The site has gone through 2 updates in less than a year and now to search for a new post you need to enter each area of topic...takes ages!!!! also you don't get the name of the person who has replied to a post just the original who posted it
Yes you can get emails to alert you to new posts but they cannot compare to the 'traffic' generated here at Mumsnet and UK Childminding
Some of the areas of topic such as Child Development in Local are useful though and the blog have been interesting
I had hoped for discussions to compare LAs services to c/ms, how they differ or who does what but no joy!

What I like here is that a discussion can involve many people and so many different points of view which appears to be in UK Childminding well done

ChildrenAtHeart Mon 26-Nov-12 17:14:41

I'm in! Thank you xxx See you on the 'blue side'

Ukchildminding Mon 26-Nov-12 16:51:51

The staff room is no longer available..hence why the new blue one was set up.
Mr A, the uk Childminding was set up and is owned by childminders, ex members of the other place. childrenatheart, you are most welcome to join smile

I must apologise for quick reply but IM out at the moment and phone not letting me post properly .

ChildrenAtHeart Mon 26-Nov-12 16:31:51

Just to slightly correct Mr A - NCMA Local is not just for NCMA members - the name is very misleading and most CM's think they have to be NCMA to join. It has been set up by NCMA using Government funding to provide a local, peer support based system available to all childminders, with regional facilitators (volunteers) appointed to help develop this. I am a member and I recently joined their fb page too but I forget to go onto the site & can never remember my login!
UK Childminders & UK Registered Childminders are both Yahoo groups that are closed & moderated BUT much quieter these days. I get individual emails into my inbox s they don't really feel forum-like
There is a closed & secret (won't appear on searches) FB group that you have to be invited to join by a member. I like this as I regularly check into fb and I feel safe on there.
I'm still a member of the fluffy pink forum but I rarely go on as I find there are so many areas and sub forums that I'm a bit overwhelmed. I usually just click on 'new posts' but not many grab me.
I joined 'The Staff Room' but keep forgetting it's there lol.
I like NM & MN for the scraps wink and to get a parent view.
Haven't joined the new blue forum yet but I suspect it's only a matter of time - assuming they'll have me!

MrAnchovy Mon 26-Nov-12 16:16:53

A few notes for those that haven't been following this for a while:

The Childminding Forum ( was set up by childminders for childminders but was bought a few months ago by the company that owns This company is controlled by a serial internet entrepreneur who formed and later sold

NCMA Local is part of NCMA and is (as I understand it) only open to members of that organisation, including childminders who have not yet been registered. NCMA has accepted nannies as members for some years, and is now preparing to include nursery workers and other pre-school carers and is changing its name to PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years). The constitution of NCMA does not give its members any say in what it does. As a charity the NCMA is bound to follow its Charitable Objects, which are basically to promote high standards of childcare (not to represent childminders).

The SCMA Member Zone I believe has a forum open only to members of that association (membership is open to childminders in Scotland).

I do not believe that the NICMA has a forum. is a closed Facebook group and publicly accessible (but restricted membership) forum. I cannot see any information as to who owns these (well Facebook own the Facebook group of course, that's how they work), or what criteria or checks there are for membership.

UKCMA is a Limited Company which invites subscriptions for membership. The company is constituted as a profit-making business which does not give its members any say in what it does. It does not have an online forum.

What childminders haven't got at the moment is any organisation which represents their interests alone, or provides an open forum which is not controlled for commercial gain.

MrAnchovy Mon 26-Nov-12 15:41:12

You need to remember that there is no guarantee of privacy even on a closed forum.

1. People access forums from all sorts of devices from desktop PCs to iPhones. Many of these have facilities for saving passwords, or are left online when not being used allowing anyone in the family to access the web sites.
2. Accounts can be hacked. In a community with thousands of member accounts it is inevitable that at least one will have been compromised.
3. Again in a community with thousands of members there will be some who do not respect members privacy and will happily copy messages to others, or even let them use their credentials.
4. No online registration process is bullet proof - people may not be who they claim to be! (Note that as NCMA local has access to childminders confirmed email addresses theirs should be as bullet proof as it can be).
5. Even a really tight registration process will not cope with the fact that people leave the profession etc. and may no longer qualify for membership. (Again NCMA local has a better chance than most).
6. If a forum allows access to people who are not yet registered as childminders, or even other people who just have an interest (nannies, nursery workers, accountants...) not all of your audience is who you assume it is.

I think of it like this: posting on an open forum is like walking into the middle of the high street and giving out your message to everyone who walks past; posting on a closed forum is like standing in the middle of the high street in front of a sign saying "Childminders Only" giving out your message to everyone who says they are a childminder.

Italiana Mon 26-Nov-12 15:08:40

Just got a message from UKCMA willing to have ideas on how to represent c/ms!!!

I think they need to tell us..don't they? obviously no one sure how to deal with us as yet
Also just heard E Truss is to visit a Lambeth CCentre and meet c/ms tomorrow...I will feedback when I get it

poopnscoop Mon 26-Nov-12 14:28:50

UK Childminding is here:
UKCMA is here:

The first is a forum for childminders and by childminders.. the latter is an association.

Mindingalongtime Mon 26-Nov-12 14:18:38

Is UK childminding UKCMA? As there is also UK registered childminders and UKchildminders yahoo groups, both full of sharing information and very active

I find NCMA local a bit lightweight, it is not easy to navigate, the site is awkward, it never remembers you despite ticking the box, it seems a bit ineffectual to me. The local to you section is out of date, and no contact from the local facilitator or any information about what is happening in the county.

Also Childmindinghelp?

LesbianMummy1 Mon 26-Nov-12 14:04:46

I feel a members only section can be beneficial maybe ofsted verification or something along those lines would be helpful as just because somebody posts often does not guarantee they are a childminder.

Ukchildminding Mon 26-Nov-12 12:30:40

I replied via the other post (pip et al) about asking your ideas about how to provide a private area for members, if be interested in your ideas xx

poopnscoop Mon 26-Nov-12 11:28:33

I agree with Tanith.

LesbianMummy1 Mon 26-Nov-12 11:13:08

See tanith that's one thing with ncma local it is a private forum which you need an Ofsted number to access so that is an added benefit of ncma local also most people are childminders with a few nannies

Tanith Mon 26-Nov-12 11:03:59

It's not so much the anonymous aspect of ukchildminding and mumsnet; it's the knowledge that you're on public view. There are many people (loads on Netmums wink) who "would neverevereverevereverEVER use a childminder because they were horrid to me on Netmums. Ever." grin

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