A childminder is often a parent or spouse maintaining a household as well as operating a home-based business.
Ask yourself the following questions:
You can mind different children at different times. It is the number of minded children at any one time that counts.
Under the Tusla Childcare Regulations
Under the National Guidelines for Childminders
You can mind up to three unrelated preschool children (an exemption in the Child Care Act 1991).
If you mind no more than 3 children under the age of 18 at any one time you are encouraged to Voluntary Notify local City/County Childcare Committee to avail of Childminders’ Tax Relief Scheme.
Under local planning laws
If you mind more than 6 children of any age, including your own, you must get change of use planning permission from your local council.
In rented accommodation
Local councils may allow tenants to mind up to 6 children at a time, including their own children, once the service is Tusla approved.
Private renters must get permission from the landlord/owner to mind children in a rented accommodation.
In either case, you should make sure that you have appropriate insurance to cover the service.
If minding overnight, the maximum is 3 children under 12 months of age or 5 children under 6 years of age per minding adult.
Currently, there are no regulations for the care of school age children. Therefore, it is recommended for a home based Childminder to follow the best practice guidelines in promoting quality childcare. Childminder can mind up to 5 school age children.
In this case you are in breach of National Childminding Guidelines (rev. edition August 2008) and Early Years Services Regulations (2016). Your childminding insurance may become invalid. Please note, that regulations are put in place to promote the best practice and assist you in providing services that encompass health, safety and wellbeing of all children in your care.
The Voluntary Notification is a process during which a Childminder notifies his/her City/County Childcare Committee of the services and agrees to work within the framework of the National Guidelines for Childminders. The childminder in return receives advice and support from the Childcare Committee including up to date information on trainings, funding and networking opportunities.
Contact Dublin City Childcare Committee who will forward you the Childminders’ Support Pack.
Voluntary notification allows you to have access to financial supports, such as Childminders’ Tax Exemption Scheme, Childminding Development Grant as well as a build-up of your social insurance record. Also, you will have up to date information on available training and workshops on a range of topics, access to a local childcare and local childminders’ networks and support organizations. Voluntary notified Childminders can promote services within childcare sector among many other benefits. For more detailed benefits of Voluntary Notification please contact Dublin City Childcare Committee, Quality Support Officer at 01 889 7123.
Garda vetting for childminders is provided by the National Vetting Bureau. Contact info:
Childminders are advised to complete the following training: QAP (Quality Awareness Programme), Paediatric First Aid, and Always Children First Child Safeguarding Awareness Training.
Any training and workshops can greatly improve your knowledge in child development, curriculum planning and your business practice as a home based childminder. It can also increase your confidence and enhance quality services to children and their families in your care. For up to date training/workshop opportunities please see our Training Calendar.
It is highly recommended that you would develop a Policy and Procedure Manual with the following policies in place. Please note that this is a sample list of recommended policies:
Please refer to Childminding-Moving On booklet in our Childminder’s Support Pack to see samples of suggested Policies and Procedures.
It is highly advisable that you obtain childminding insurance on your home and your car.
All income should be declared to the Revenue Commissioners. Childminders earning €15,000.00 or less a year may avail of Childminders’ Tax Exemption Scheme.
It is recommended that you develop a record system/file and keep the following records:
You may also download our leaflet Organisational and Record Keeping Tips for Childminders