In 1986 a group of local childminders began meeting once a week at the Toc H. Following a visit from Sue Griffin, the SW region training co-ordinator for NCMA (National Childminding Association) our local group was formed. Since then the JACC (Jersey Association of Child Carers) has grown considerably and we now have approximately 100 members, this is the majority of all Registered Childminders in Jersey at the moment.
The original JACC website was launched in June 2007. It has grown from strength to strength and been used by more and more people. The feedback from parents using the website has been positive, with special mention being made to the personalised vacancies.
This new revised JACC website was launched December 2014. Every association member has the opportunity to advertise their childcare services including photos, by way of a personal profile with their home marked on the google map of Jersey. This is aimed at assisting parents seeking childcare in convenient locations.
We also have links to lots of extremely useful websites full of ideas for your work with children.
The parents’ page has information about the requirements of registration, child ratios and sample questions to ask to a potential registered childminder.
Benefits for JACC members
We offer our members a discount of £15 for the First Aid course that we all have to update every 3 years.
We have negotiated a 10% discount at Bambola, Paperclix, U Doodles and Jumping Beans on production of your JACC membership card.
Registered Childminder/Parent Agreements are available on joining the association, which is to be signed by Registered Childminder and parent when agreeing terms. The association will only support members using the current agreements. Members are reminded that agreements should not be amended and only JACC members are permitted to use them.
JACC members may also join our private Facebook group where there are regular posts of news, help, advice, social interaction and often child care vacancy requests.
Last, but by no means the least important of any benefit is the opportunity to meet up with other Registered Childminders at our toddler groups and gain help and support, discuss any problems or issues you have and make friends.
We have a number of social evenings throughout the year where we can enjoy friendships, let our hair down, have a good time and recover from the stresses and strains of the job!