Early Years

The primary responsibility of the Early Years Service within the South Eastern Trust is the registration, support and inspection of day care provision for children aged under 12. These services include childminders, playgroups, day nurseries, crèches, out of school provision and the approval of home child carers.

All registered Early Years provision MUST comply with the Childminding and Day Care for Children Under Age 12 Minimum Standards which is available by clicking here

Click on the following links for further information


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News for Registered Daycare Providers

(We will keep you updated here on new developments)

  • Playboard NI Membership is now free! Please download and apply using this form
    “Guidance Pack on the Minimum Standards and Inspection Process for Childminders”

This guidance pack provides step-by-step instructions as to what childminders need to do before and during each inspection visit.

To collect your free copy please call to the Early Years Team at Grove House, Antrim Road, BALLYNAHINCH, BT24 8BA.

Alternatively NICMA will respond to requests for hard copies to be posted from NICMA Office as long as Childminders send in an A4 stamped address envelope that covers the required postage

1st class - £1.71
2nd class - £1.54
NICMA, 16-18 Mill Street, Newtownards, BT23 4LU

Guidance Packs may also be downloaded here.

 Information about the Inspection Process

For more information on the Inspection Process, click here.

Parents have your say here

Staff have your say here



Employers of Childcare Workers

Important information you need to know about vetting procedures

For more information on Vetting, click here.



You can contact the Early Years Team at the number below. The office is open from 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday. You can speak to a member of the team by telephone below or if necessary an appointment can be made.

Early Years Team
Grove House
Antrim Road
BT24  8BA

Telephone:  (028) 4451 3807

email: Early.Years@setrust.hscni.net

If you require a list of registered daycare in your area, please visit www.familysupport-ni.gov.uk where you will find this information.




Concern about a child

If you are concerned about any children who are in the care of a childminder or a day care provider you can seek advice from or make a complaint to your local Early Years team on 028 44 513807 or speak to the safeguarding social workers at the Gateway service on 0300 1000 300.

Useful Links:

www.familysupportni.gov.uk - provides a register of all day care provision as well as a range of other services available to support families.