Childminders are individuals who usually look after children in their own home. If a childminder is looking after more than three children in their own home then they must notify the HSE. A childminder cannot look after more than 5 preschool children and no more than 2 of these children can be less than 15 months old.
However, exceptions can be made on the basis of siblings or multiple births. Childminders looking after less than 3 children can voluntary notify their service but are under no legal responsibility to do so.