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What is childminding?

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.


Childminding as a profession

If you enjoy working with children, why not consider becoming a Childminder? Childminding can offer you an opportunity to:

  • Earn a living by caring for other people’s children in your own home
  • Become a self-employed Early Learning and Care / School Age Childcare provider
  • Stay at home and care for your own children as well as caring for others
  • Share in the care and development of children from birth to 14 years of age
  • Avail of the Childcare Services Relief Tax Exemptions for Childminders  with Revenue
  • Avail of information, networking and training supports
  • Access the Childminding Development Grant and other funding opportunities
  • Meet other Childminders in your area


The A Guide becoming a Childminder.

This document contains a brief introduction to information on all aspects of childminding including:

  • Legal requirements
  • How many children can you mind?
  • Deciding a price
  • Income & expenditure
  • Marketing your childminding service
  • Childcare services relief
  • Registering as a self employed childminder
  • PRSI & pensions for self employed childminders
  • Registering for tax if you do not qualify for the childcare services relief
  • Steps to becoming a professional childminder
  • Useful contacts

Please note that the Voluntary Notification system mentioned in this booklet is not available in Waterford