DRAFT CHILDMINDING ACTION PLAN
On 29th September 2019, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, launched the Draft Childminding Action Plan, for the purpose of public consultation. The Draft Childminding Action Plan sets out proposals for improving access to high quality and affordable early learning and care and school-age childcare through childminding.
As well as publishing the Draft Action Plan, the Minister also launched a public consultation process on the proposals. The Minister invited childminders, parents, other stakeholders and anyone interested in childminding to share their views. A call for submissions and online survey were available on the department website (https://www.dcya.gov.ie) and a number of meetings involving focus groups of childminders took place in different locations throughout the country.
The Draft Childminding Action and Consultation Report is currently awaiting government approval prior to publication.
What is a childminder?
A childminder is a person who provides a childminding service. A Childminding Service is an Early Years Service which may include an overnight service offered by a person who single-handedly takes care of early years children. This may include the person’s own children, in the person’s home, for a total of more than two hours per day. A childminder aims to provide a home from home childcare service in the childminder’s own home.
Childminding is governed by two pieces of legislation:
Childminders can be categorised as:
those who are required to register with Tusla
those who are exempt from registration