HALTON'S childminding organisation is offering a new kite marking scheme to ensure a reliable high quality care and education.
The Halton Childminders' Network was recently rewarded for its high quality service by the National Childminders' Association (NCMA) at an evening held in Runcorn.
And at the 'Children Come First' Network Presentation, which was held at the Play Resource Centre on Mersey Road, included introductions from the Early Years group, SureStart and the NCMA.
Lorraine Butcher, Halton Borough Council's operational director for Student Services and Lifelong Learning, presented the network with its certificate.
The network of registered childminders has been approved by the NCMA under its Children Come First quality assurance scheme.
The Halton Network provides a flexible service for children of working parents. It offers day care and care before and after school, for children in need and for children with disabilities.
Councillor Alan Massey, executive board member for education and lifelong learning, said: 'Halton Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership works hard to ensure that childcare and early years education in Halton is of the highest standard - this includes the quality of childminders selected by the Partnership.'
Maureen O'Hara, coordinator of the Halton Children Come First Network, said: 'The NCMA approved Children Come First childminding networks offer parents in Halton the reassurance of reliable, high quality, accessible care in a family setting. Working in partnership with Halton Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership, we will be building on this work to enable more parents in the community to have the opportunity of using a network.'