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A Childminder, single-handedly takes care of pre-school children (children under 6 years of age and not yet in primary school), including the childminder’s own children, in the childminder’s home. A childminder can provide for a maximum of 5 children at any one time, including their own children under the age of 6 or not yet in primary school (Child Care Act 1991).
The Department of Children, Equality, Diversity, Integration and Youth Launched the National Action Plan for Childminding 2021-2028 in April 2021. Click on the links below for more information in relation to the plan.
Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/nationalactionplanforchildminding
YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCbDzj7-W-ptvqOFk0ysiYQ
NAPC video ENG – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnRYczchryY&t=8s
NAPC video GA – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuiR66nvTJk
Phone and Email Consultations provide general set-up information, that is an overview of the Registration/Notification Process, Insurance Requirements, Garda Vetting and information on Qualifications and Training Opportunities.
Face to Face/ Virtual Meetings – when meeting with those interested in setting-up a Childminding Business, we provide an Information Pack – ‘A Step by Step Guide to becoming a Professional Childminder’. This pack includes:
Financial Management – Registering your business, calculating tax, income & expenditure
The Childminding Development Grant can be used to purchase toys, educational materials and equipment or make some minor household adaptations to assist the Childminder in developing a quality service.
Barnardos Resources – Guidance for Childminders