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Draft National Childminding Action Plan

Minister Katherine Zappone recently launched the Draft Action Plan (Dréachtphlean Gníomhaíochta um Fheighlíocht Leanaí) which sets out proposals for improving access to high quality and affordable early learning and care and school-age childcare through childminding.
The action plan sets out proposals to extend supports and regulation to all paid, non-relative childminders, with a phased approach to reforms extending over a 10 year period. There is no intention to extend regulation to those who care for children who are related to them or to persons employed by the parents to care for children in the family home.
Coiste Cúram Leaní Phort Láirge will facilitate a local public consultation on the draft National Childminding Action Plan details as follows:

Date:     Monday 4th November 2019
Time:     7.30-9.30pm
Venue: Viking Hotel, Waterford

Date:     Thursday 7th November 2019
Time:     7.30-9.30pm
Venue: The Park Hotel, Dungarvan

Childminders, parents, other stakeholders and anyone interested in childminding are invited to attend the consultation to share their views. Please book your place by contacting: 051 29045 or email to info@cccw.ie

A cornerstone of the Draft Action Plan is recognition of the differences between childminding and centre-based provision of early learning and care and school-age childcare. Given the home and family setting in which childminders operate, the Draft Childminding Action Plan proposes the development of childminder-specific Regulations. These should be proportionate and appropriate to the home setting. The Regulations will also outline the development of bespoke training and qualifications for childminders.
A key benefit of the proposal to bring childminding into the scope of regulation is that it will allow parents who use childminders to access subsidies under the National Childcare Scheme (NCS), which will require use of Tusla-registered service providers. In this way the Draft Plan aims to support parental choice in type of provider of early learning and care and school-age childcare.