Childminders

Notification

Some categories of childminders are legally obliged to notify Tusla or the County Childcare Committee of their childminding service.

There are 2 types of notification;

1. Voluntary Notification
Voluntary notification is for childminders who are not obliged to notify to Tusla; -

  • > Where they mind no more than 3 preschool children.
  • > Where they mind children under the age of 6 who are attending a national school or a school providing a similar education programme, or
  • > Pre-school children who are all from the same family or who are children of the childminders relatives.

More information on 
Voluntary Notification can be found here >>

2. Notification to Tusla
As per the 1991 Childcare Act, a person minding more than 3 pre-school children from different families is obliged to notify to Tusla

More information on 
Tusla registration can be found here >>


 

1. Starting a Childminding Service

For further information on setting up a Childminding Business download the National Guidelines for Childminders

Insurance : Many home insurance policies cover childminding for up to two additional children and can be extended to mind up to 6 children. Please check with your home insurance provider and inform them that you are providing a childminding service out of your home. Withholding of that information may lead to claim refusal on the grounds of non-disclosure.

Consider the following in Seeking Insurance

  • Public Liability covering insurable accidents
  • All Risks cover on equipment relating to Childminding, with low €125 excess
  • Outings, including swimming with increased ratio of 1 adult to 5 Children
  • Loss of Income if the Childminding service must close because of notified illness
  • Employer Liability, to include helpers or substitutes
  • Legal advice and counselling helpline.

2. Developing your Service

a)   Link to Childminding Ireland Síolta and Aistear Guide 2015

b)    Voluntary Notification

c)  
Childminding Development Grant
A €1000 grant is available for people providing a home based childcare service. Invitations to apply or funding are issued to voluntary notified childminders on a yearly basis. If you are childminding or are intending to open a childminding service in your own home, you can avail of the grant scheme. The childminding development grant is designated to purchase toys, educational materials and equipment or make some minor household adaptations to assist you in developing quality childminding service.

d) Applications now open for Childminding Development Grant 2017

To be eligible to apply for the grant, you should 

1. Completion of adequate training:

  • Quality Awareness Program and Children First: Child Protection and Welfare training

 OR

 2. Completion of Notification and training:

  • Voluntary Notify South Dublin County Childcare Committee and Complete Children First: Child Protection and Welfare training
  • Statutory Notify Tusla (Child and Family Agency, Pre-school Service Inspectorate) and complete QAP and Children First: Child Protection and Welfare training.

 

Application Process

You may apply for a 90% grant up to €1,000 for small capital items. To get the maximum of €1,000 you need to spend €1,111 or more.
How the application process works:

1. Get the Application Form from the DCCC or download it from the link above.
2. Decide what items you would like to get for your childminding service. Think of the ages of children in your care and their developmental needs.
3. Complete the form and submit it by post to the SDCCC.
4. DON’T BUY ANYTHING until you received a written approval from the SDCCC!
5. When you purchase items that have been approved, keep all the receipts.
6. Send in the receipts to the SDCCC (originals only). If you need a copy of the receipt, please let us know.
7. Receive your grant cheque in the post.

Please do not hesitate to contact Childminder’s Advisor for further advice about applying for the grant.

3. Child Protection Information & Training

All Childcare Providers are obliged under Regulation 9 of the Child Care (Pre-school Services) Regulations 2006 to have a Child Protection Policy based on Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children in operation.

a)    Children First: National Guidance for the Protection & Welfare of Children 2011 

Summary Guidance
The welfare and protection of children is of paramount importance.
Everyone has a responsibility for the welfare and protection of children.

  •  If you are concerned about a child, you should report that concern without delay to the Child Welfare and Protection Services of the HSE, which has statutory responsibility to protect children. You can report your concern in person, by telephone or in writing. Before deciding whether or not to make a formal report, you may wish to discuss your concerns with the Child Welfare and Protection Services of the HSE.

Health Centre Contact Details
Protection for Persons Reporting Child Abuse, (1998) 

This is relevant if you should realise that a child in your service is suffering abuse; you have documented evidence of this – whether it is neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse – and the family have failed to respond to your interventions.

The main provisions of this Act are:

  • The provision of immunity from civil liability to any person who reports child abuse ‘reasonably and in good faith’.
  • The provision of significant protections for employees who report child abuse.
  • The creation of a new offence of false reporting of child abuse when a person makes a report of child abuse to the appropriate authorities ‘knowing that statement to be false’. This is a new criminal offence designed to protect innocent people from malicious reports.

Note: Persons reporting abuse in good faith and in the child’s best interests may also be protected under common law, using ‘qualified privilege’. (Children First, 2009)

 A clear statement on identifying and reporting child abuse should be drawn up  by the childminding service. 

b)     Training

The South Dublin County Childcare Committee regularly holds training in Child Protection. Voluntary notified childminders are invited to participate in this training. 

c)      Garda vetting

Garda vetting is an essential requirement for all childcare providers, practitioners and H.S.E. notified childminders for all their staff, students and volunteers, under the Child Care (Pre-school Services) Regulations 2006. Every service must have evidence of their Garda Vetting on the premises, for example, an original certificate confirming the completion of the Garda Vetting process.

One  of the requirements within the regulations are:

  •  Any person carrying on a pre-school service is required to ensure appropriate vetting of all staff, students and volunteers who have access to a child
  •  Such vetting procedures shall be carried out prior to any person being appointed or assigned or being allowed access to a child in the pre-school service

4.  Childminding Resources

National Childminders Survey (Childminding Ireland)