The Childminders Development Grant has been announced for 2020. It will run alongside the Childminding Re-Opening Grant featured below.
A Childminder can apply for both the Childminding Re-opening Grant and the Childminder Development Grant
The purpose of the Childminders Development Grant is to offer an incentive, in the form of a small capital grant, to Childminders to enhance and support their awareness of quality childcare. The Childminders Development Grant is designed to assist Childminders, already providing a childminding service in their own homes, to enhance safety/quality in the service through the purchase of small capital items, equipment, toys or minor adaptation costs. It may also give financial assistance to new or prospective Childminders with their initial set up costs.
All applicants must be committed to maintaining/improving the quality of their childminding service.
The maximum grant available to a Childminder, who fully meets the criteria of the scheme, is 90% of total receipted eligible childcare expenditure, subject to a maximum grant of €1,000.
A Childminder who is:
a) Providing an existing childminding service carried out in the Childminder’s home OR
A Childminder who provides/proposes to provide childminding services (not including Childminders own children) for at least:
a) 3 children on a part time basis OR
A Childminder who has:
[Note: A Childminder may be exempt from attending the QAP if they have already completed an equivalent Childminding course or relevant quality related training. [This decision will be made at the discretion of the local CCC for 2020.]
Must provide evidence of appropriate insurance (must show valid insurance period)
For further guidance and to apply for the Childminders Development Grant download the Application Form below:
The Childminding Reopening Grant is also open now for applications. To access the grant application and guidance document please visit the First 5 website, documents displayed under the Childminding section: First 5 Website
Applications should be submitted to the Childminding Development Officers in each of the regions of their responsibility. Dublin City applicants, please submit your applications to: Sarah McKenna – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Childminding Development Officer will process the applications and check for eligibility for the Childminding Reopening Grant under the following criteria:
If you need any further supports completing either grant application form or have any other queries about the Childminder Development or Re-Opening Grant, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org