WHAT IS A CHILDMINDER?
A Childminder cares for a small group of children of mixed ages in the childminder’s own home.
Children are offered affection and positive relationships within a safe and healthy environment where their developmental and recreational needs are met. Childminders offer a flexible service, tailored to each child, thereby helping parents and guardians to balance their work and family commitments. A Childminder negotiates and agrees her/his terms with parents. The child’s welfare must be the prime consideration of the Childminder. Childminders have sole responsibility for the health, safety and wellbeing of each child entrusted to their care.
Benefits of Becoming a Childminder:-
If you enjoy working with children, why not consider becoming a Childminder?
Childminding can offer you an opportunity to:
- Earn a living by caring for other people’s children in your own home
- Become a self-employed
- Offer the National Childcare Scheme (NCS)
- Stay at home and care for your own children as well as caring for others
- Avail of the Childcare Services Relief with Revenue
- Avail of information, networking and training supports from your local City / County Childcare Committee (CCC)
- Access the Childminding Development Grant and other funding opportunities
- Meet other Childminders in your area and get to know your local community
STEPS TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL CHILDMINDER
- Contact the Development Officer in your local City/County Childcare Committee.
- Participate in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) such as First Aid, Children First E-Learning programme and CPD resources available on First 5
- Arrange a support visit (where applicable) to access advice on the physical layout and set up of the service.
- Organise 2 written references and take copies to share with potential parents.
- Organise insurance cover.
- Develop your own Childminding Policies & Procedures by consulting the samples available in the ‘Childminding Sample Policies & Procedures’.
- Develop your own Childminding Record Keeping system by consulting the samples available in the ‘Childminding Sample Record Keeping Forms’.
- Complete and return the Voluntary Notification Form to your local CCC.
- If required to do so, register your childminding service with Tusla.
- Register your new childminding business with Revenue.
- Decide on your fee policy and preferred hours of work etc.
- Request that your contact details be included in your local CCC Directory of ELC/SAC Services.
- Participate in organised childcare networks to meet other Childminders.
- Design a flyer and place in your local supermarket, library, parent & toddler group preschool / school etc.
Place advertisement on social media platforms or in the local newspapers.
Support & Resources for childminders·
- How CCC’s support childminders
- First 5 website
- Infection Control Poster
- Draft Childminding Action Plan
- Childminding Ireland
- Useful links
CCCs support Childminders to:
- avail of relevant up to date childminding information
- develop appropriate Policies and Procedures
- access funding supports such as The Childminding Development Grant and Learner Fund Bursary for Childminders
- participate in local network opportunities with other Childminders
- avail of local training opportunities
- register with Tusla (if applicable)
- connect with parents who are seeking childminding care
- have their names included on a public list of Childminders which is made available to parents
You can find your local CCC information at the following link: https://myccc.ie/
The First 5 website provides childminders with specific childminding resources, it also has other Practice Support sections.
The First 5 website → Resources for Practitioners → Guidance for Re-Opening → Childminding section.
It’s important all childminders routinely view the website as it is updated regularly with government advice and resources. There will be new resources coming e.g. Tip sheets, posters. Ensure you are aware of the most recent updates to the Childminding section.
Child Protection and Welfare
It is important to note that all Tusla registered Childminders must have Garda Vetting, but
best practice is that all Childminders and your emergency backup contact should be Garda
This service is free unless you have lived in other countries for more than 6 months.
New Child Safeguarding website:- Cosiane Leanai
Childminding Ireland provides a childminding specific insurance package
News – Draft Childminding Action Plan
The process of developing the Childminding Sector began in 2016 with The Programme for a Partnership Government 2016.
This continues to be priority in 2020 with the commitment to “Examine options to accelerate access to subsidies for non-relative childminders, a report to be published by year end”.
Draft Childminding Action Plan:
- A draft Childminding Action Plan was published in 2019 for the purposes of public consultation. This is currently being finalised with the findings of a public consultation.
- The Draft Childminding Action Plan follows through on the Programme for a Partnership Government commitment to ‘support the development of a phased programme of reforms for childminders making it easier to support both families and childminders’, and the Government commitment in First 5 to ‘extend regulation to all other paid, non-relative childminders.
- The Draft Action Plan for Childminding sets out a plan for moving progressively towards wider regulation and support for childminders over the lifetime of the First 5 Strategy [2019-2028] building on the 2018 Working Group report.