MSA Childminder Contact
Chair: Jenny McArthur
Deputy: Gabrielle Mills
Tel: 01395 263868
Montessori Childminders in the United Kingdom
The MSA childminder network was formed three years ago as part of MSA. Our network members meet three to four times in a calendar year and the meetings are held nationwide at childminder settings. Currently we have 40 members, including the chair and deputy chair. Our members collectively agree on the agenda of our meetings and we have topical discussions related to Montessori practice, as well as the latest government legislations and policies that may affect our home-based practices.
Being part of the network gives our members the opportunity to meet other home-based Montessori practitioners and to see different childminding settings in order to exchange ideas and experiences. The minutes of our meetings are circulated to our members, so if any matters or questions are raised from previous meetings it can be further discussed.
The MSA childminder network’s aim is also to encourage our members towards MEAB accreditation in future through more practical support and workshops.
If you’re a Montessori qualified childminder and you would like to join our enthusiastic and vibrant group of home-based practitioners, please contact Jenny McArthur (Chair) at email@example.com
Childminders Network Meeting
7 October 2017
Our last meeting was in October at Beckton Bunnies Childcare, the theme was planning and observation of the children’s development. We discussed the advantages of different software and paper systems used by members, both for recording progress and management of the setting. We also talked about the experiences of different approaches to consent for childminding businesses taken by Planning Authorities. The 30 hour funding was another popular talking point.
Dorothy Williams is taking on the role of Network Chair in January, she runs Busy Bumblebees Montessori in London, an Outstanding Childminding setting, and is also completing her B. Ed. Her setting uses Montessori philosophies and practices based around outdoor play within inner London to develop strength and co-ordination, helping connect children with nature and exploration to build everyday life skills for the world around them. The Deputy Chair will be Kremena Gavrilova, who hosted the meeting above.
Childminder Network Meetings
The meetings are held across the country so we get the experience of visiting each others settings.
Saturday 20th January 2018 – Debbie Ross, 13 Harbour Crescent Harwich CO12 3NJ Harwich Material making activities and focused clay and sensory activities with Anna Blackmen
Saturday 17th March 2018 – Childminders Network Meeting after the conference 4.30pm in the Drama studio where we have previously held the meeting. Come along if you are interested in starting childminding or you are a student studying and are not sure what to do when you have finished.
Saturday June 2018 Devon Drakes Montessori Childcare. Date to be confirmed.
Saturday 6th October 2018 Now at Sounique Child, 16 Rydal Road, Streatham Park, London SW16 1QN