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  National Action Plan for Childminding

The National Action Plan for Childminding is a pathway to be developed over the next 8 years that sets out steps towards regulation, support and subsidies, for all paid, non-relative childminders. The Action Plan will involve change and significant benefits for childminders, children and the families using their services.

The aim of the Action Plan is to provide greater recognition for childminding and to support childminders in their work of providing high quality early learning and care and school age childcare, thus supporting child development and learning outcomes and helping families.

Further details are available from

https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/df207-national-action-plan-for-childminding-2021-2028/

Current context for registration of childminding

Childminders care for children in their own (Childminder’s) home. Many childminding services are not currently required to register with Tusla (see below). These childminders may continue to offer a childminding service and receive information, training and financial supports from the Childcare Committee.

CHILDMINDERS EXEMPT FROM TUSLA REGISTRATION UNDER SECTION 58L OF THE CHILDCARE ACT (1991) ARE AS FOLLOWS:

(a) the care of one or more children undertaken by a relative of the child or children or the spouse of such relative 6

(b) a person taking care of one or more children of the same family and no other such children (other than that person’s own such children) in that person’s home

(c) a person taking care of not more than 3 children of different families (other than that person’s own such children) in that person’s home.

A Childminder is exempt from registering with Tusla if they care for a mix of Early Years and School Age children (up to a maximum of 6 children) as set out below:

No of preschool children being care for Max no of school aged children
0 6
1 5
2 4
3* 3
3* 0

*no more than 2 babies under 15 months

The Quality & Regulatory Framework is Tusla’s interpretation of the requirements for compliance with the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016. These requirements are based on evidence drawn from national and international sources of the peer-reviewed, published and unpublished literature on best practice in inspection and Early Years Services. The Quality & Regulatory Framework for Childminders can be accessed here: https://www.tusla.ie/uploads/content/4567-TUSLA_QRF_CHILDMINDING_LR.pdf