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 gov.ie
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.
Childminding can offer you an opportunity to:
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 email@example.com or 083 4683773.
There is an extensive Childminders Support Pack ready to email to you – including the above documents. To receive one please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0830266622.
The First 5 website provides childminders with specific childminding resources, it also has other Practice Support sections.