What is a childminder?

A Childminder cares for a small group of children of mixed ages in the childminder’s own home.

Children are welcomed as individuals, they are offered affection and respect and 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 her/his terms 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.

Cork County Childcare Committee supports childminders to:

  • avail of relevant up to date childminding information

  • develop appropriate Policies and Procedures

  • access funding supports such as The Childminding Development Grant and Learner Fund Bursary for childminders

  • participate in local network opportunities with other childminders

  • avail of local training opportunities

  • avail of the Childcare Services Relief with Revenue

  • register with Tusla (if applicable)

  • offer the National Childcare Scheme (if applicable)

  • connect with parents who are seeking childminding care

  • have their names included on a public list of childminders which is made available to parents


Why not give us a call on 022 23880 or email for further information or support.  You can also contact us to get a copy of our Childminding Information Pack


The Action Plan is a pathway being developed over the next 8 years towards regulation, support and subsidies for all paid, non-relative childminders. The Action Plan will bring both change and significant benefits for childminders, children and the families using their services.

Within the first 2-3 years the action plan will enable childminders to access subsidies through the National Childcare Scheme, helping parents to pay for their services.

The National Action Plan for Childminding (NAPC), aims to support children and their families to experience the benefits of quality childminding in a relationship-based, home-from-home, family-life environment.

See the You tube video summary of National Action Plan for Childminding 


FIRST 5      

First 5 is a whole-of-Government strategy to improve the lives of babies, young children and their families. It is a ten-year plan to help make sure all children have positive early experiences and get a great start in life. 

Childminders can access childminding specific resources and information in relation to Covid–19 on the First 5 website

Childminders can also get ideas of activities to support and encourage children’s interests on the Preschool at Home Hub on the First 5 Website

A key objective of First 5 is to improve Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for all those who work in early learning and care and school-age childcare settings.  


Child Protection & Welfare Information & Training:

Tusla Children First E-Learning Programme

Tusla worked with the DCYA (now Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth  (DCEDIY)) and HSE to develop a universal e-learning training programme called ‘Introduction to Children First’.

The programme is based on Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children and the Children First Act 2015.

The programme takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete but it can be done in a number of sittings. To adhere to best practice in relation to Child Protection & Welfare, all childminders should complete the E-learning programme.


Childminder Development Grant

Every year the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY) provide funding for Childminding Development Grants (CMDG). The CMDG is a capital grant of up to €1,000 to assist existing or potential childminders to enhance safety and quality in the service through the purchase of small capital items, equipment, toys or for minor adaptation costs. Childminders can apply for the grant every two years.

Contact us on 022 23880 or for further information.


Learner Fund

The Learner Fund and Graduate Learner Fund Bursaries are available for Childminders who have achieved qualifications at either level 5/6 or at level 7/8/9. The qualification must be on the DCEDIY Early Years Recognised Qualification list.

Childminders who are registered with Tusla as a School-Age Childcare service only are not eligible for this fund.

Contact us on 022 23880 or to find out when the fund is next available.

Upcoming Regional Childminding Information Network Event

Cork City, Cork County, Kerry & Limerick Childcare Committees are delighted to invite all existing or potential childminders to a Regional Childminding Information Network Event on Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 11th October at 10am or 7.30pm.  

This is Part 1 of 3 Business Information Sessions for childminders and will cover the following topics: 

  • Potential income

  • Hidden costs

  • Calculating your fee

To register for the event, please click on the Eventbrite link:

Childminding Business – Setting Fees – Morning Session

Childminding Business - setting fees Tickets, Tue 11 Oct 2022 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Childminding Business – Setting Fees – Evening Session

Childminding Business - setting fees Tickets, Tue 11 Oct 2022 at 19:30 | Eventbrite

Useful Links:

Tusla - Child and Family Agency

Childminding Ireland - National Childminding Association

Barnardos Children's Charity | Barnardos Ireland

Home - Early Childhood Ireland

Cosaint Leanaí: Child Safeguarding



For information or support in relation to childminding contact us on 022-23880 or email and one of our Development Workers will be happy to help you.