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.
If you enjoy working with children, why not consider becoming a Childminder?
Childminding can offer you an opportunity to:
Contact us at Westmeath CCC on 044 9335454 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Also check out our Childminders Support Pack for more helpful documents.
You can find other CCC details at the following link: https://myccc.ie/
The First 5 website provides childminders with specific childminding resources, it also has other Practice Support sections.
It’s important all childminders routinely view the website as it is updated regularly with government advice and resources. There will be new resources e.g. Tip sheets, posters. Ensure you are aware of the most recent updates to the Childminding section.
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 Vetted.
This service is free unless you have lived in other countries for more than 6 months.
To apply for Garda Vetting, contact Barnardos’Vetting Service directly: Phone: 021 4547060 Email: email@example.com
The Action Plan is a pathway to be developed over the next 8 years that sets out steps towards regulation, support and subsidies, for all paid, non-relative childminders. The Action Plan will involve change and significant benefits for childminders, children and the families using their services.
The Action Plan follows through on the following commitments:
It will, within the first 2-3 years, enable childminders to have access to subsidies through the National Childcare Scheme, making their services more affordable to parents.
The National Action Plan for Childminding, aims to support children and their families to experience the benefits of quality childminding in a relationship-based, home-from-home, family-life environment.
The National Action Plan for Childminding was launched on Thursday 15th April. Further information is available on the NEW Childminding website: www.gov.ie/childminding
And the You tube video summary of National Action Plan for Childminding is now live