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.
In 2019, Minister Zappone Launched the Draft National Childminding Action Plan.
The Childminding Development Grant
Each year the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) makes funding available for Childminder’s. This funding is administrated locally by Roscommon Childcare Committee. This grant of up to €1,000 is available to Childminders, who are Registered with Tusla or Voluntary Notified to Roscommon Childcare Committee. Other eligibility criteria apply, including completion of the ‘Quality Awareness Programme’ and Proof of Insurance. 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. For more information please contact Roscommon CCC on 094 96 22540.
Voluntary Notification is a scheme allowing Childminders who are not legally obliged to notify Tusla to notify their services on a voluntary basis to Roscommon County Childcare Committee (RCCC).
Childminders that are exempt from the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services)Regulations 2016 and not currently required to notify Tusla includes:
- Childminders who mind three or fewer unrelated pre-school children at any time.
- Childminders involved in after school care.
The above Childminders may notify voluntarily through the Roscommon County Childcare Committee, which runs this Voluntary Notification and support scheme on behalf of Tusla.
Childminders who are not required to notify Tusla can voluntarily notify to Roscommon County Childcare Committee including:
- Those who care for school-age children.
- Those who care for pre-school children of the same family and no other children from any other family (other than the minders own children).
- Those who care for relatives.
- Those who care for no more than 3 pre-school children of different families (other than the minders own children).