We are always happy to help you with all aspects of setting up or running a childminding business in your home. As the Childminding Development Officer, Rosemarie Cusack can assist you on setting up a new childminding service or provide guidance to you if you are already running a childminding service from your own home. You may have many questions and it can be very useful to have a chat about childminding with her before you start.
As a childminder working on your own within your home it can be an isolating and difficult profession. Why not add your name to our mailing list to get regular updates of information, training, and networking events locally. This is a great way to stay in touch with new developments and share experiences as a childminder. All events are free and friendly!
Childminding Support Pack: The Childminders Support Pack will support you as an existing or new childminder to deliver a high-quality service and meet the needs of children and families. Templates can be adapted to suit your own childminding service.
Childminding Development Grant: The annual Childminding Development Grant can provide funding of up to €1,000 to support childminders to purchase equipment and resources for their childminding service. The grant is available to new childminders setting up a new service and childminders who are already offering a childminding service in their home. https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/71b16-grants-and-funding-available/
Funding programmes available to Tusla registered childminders: Tusla registered childminders can avail of a learner fund bursary to meet mandatory minimum level qualifications i.e. Level 5 in Early Childhood Care and Education on the National Qualifications Framework (NFQ) (or equivalent). https://www.pobal.ie/programmes/learner-fund/
National Childcare Scheme: Tusla registered childminders can avail of the National Childcare Scheme to support families with the cost of childcare. https://www.ncs.gov.ie/en/
Childminding is changing: The National Action Plan for Childminding sets out a phased approach towards regulation, supports, and subsidies, for all paid, non-relative childminders. The Action Plan will involve change with significant benefits for childminders, children and the families using your services. The plan was launched in April 2021 and is currently being developed to bring all childminders under the remit of childcare regulations specific for childminding services in the home. This will enable greater recognition for childminding and open the way for additional supports and access to government funded schemes for childminders.
Childminding Ireland: Childminding Ireland is the National Childminding Association and a National Voluntary Childcare Organisation. Childminding Ireland provides a range of information and supports to Childminders. For more information, please follow this link: https://www.childminding.ie/
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