Interested in Becoming a Childminder

National Action Plan for Childminding

The National Action Plan for Childminding 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 families using their services.

The aim of the Action Plan is to provide greater recognition for childminding and to support childminders in their work of providing high quality early learning and care and school age childcare, thus supporting child development, and learning outcomes and helping families.

Read more about the National Action Plan for Childminding 2021-2028 on

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Interested in Becoming a Childminder?

What is a childminder?

A Childminder cares for a small group of children of mixed ages in the childminders 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 his/her term 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.  

Benefits of becoming a childminder

Childminding can offer you an opportunity to:

  • Earn a living by caring for other people’s children in your own home
  • Become self-employed
  • Offer the National Childcare Scheme (NCS)
  • Stay at home and care for your own children as well as caring for others
  • Avail of the Childcare Services Relief with Revenue
  • Avail of information, networking and training supports from Leitrim County Childcare Committee
  • Access the Childminding Development Grant and other funding opportunities
  • Meet other Childminders in your area and get to know your local community

Childminding Resources

There have been a number of support resources developed by the DCEDIY through the National Childminding Team (using material that has been adapted from resources previously developed & published by City/county Childcare Committees & Tusla).  The resources contain the most up to date information relevant to the childminding sector (Jan. 2022).

To receive the below Childminders Support Pack please contact our Childminding Development Officer or 083 4683773.

Childminders Support Pack

There is an extensive Childminders Support Pack ready to email to you – including the above documents.  To receive one please contact or 0830266622.

First 5

The First 5 website provides childminders with specific childminding resources, it also has other Practice Support sections.

Childminding Ireland is the National Childminding Body in Ireland.

Visit their website for further details.