DRAFT CHILDMINDING ACTION PLAN
The Draft Childminding Action Plan launched by Minister Zappone in August 2019 sets out proposals for improving access to high quality and affordable early learning and care and school-age childcare through childminding.
The Minister, Dr Katherine Zappone T.D., launched the Draft Childminding Action Plan for the purpose of public consultation.
A call for submissions and online survey are available on the department website
What is a childminder?
Childminders look after children in the Childminder's own family home. They offer this service all year round for the full working day or for different periods during the day. Parents and Childminders negotiate their own terms.
There are two types of Childminders - those who are required to register with Tusla and those who can voluntary notify their City/County Childcare Committee.
Under the Early Years Services Regulations 2016, a childminder must register with Tusla if they are caring for 4 or more pre-school children only and may care for up to a maximum of 5 pre-school children (counting their own pre-school children). A childminder caring for 3 or less children should Voluntary Notify to the City/County Childcare Committee.