The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth have issued the application process for the Childminding Development grant for 2021. This grant assists childminders who are caring for children in their own home to purchase safety and play equipment up to the value €1,000.
The purpose of the Childminder Development Grant is to offer an incentive, in the form of a small capital grant, to Childminders to enhance and support their awareness of quality childcare.
The Childminder Development Grant is designed to assist Childminders, already providing a childminding service in their own homes, to enhance safety/quality in the service through the purchase of small capital items, equipment, toys or minor adaptation costs. It may also give financial assistance to new or prospective Childminders with their initial set up costs. All applicants must be committed to maintaining/improving the quality of their childminding service.
What funding is available under the Childminding Development Grant?
The maximum grant available to a Childminder, who fully meets the criteria of the scheme, is 90% of total receipted eligible childcare expenditure, subject to a maximum grant of €1,000.
Who is eligible to apply for funding ?
||A Childminder who is:
a) Providing an existing childminding service carried out in the Childminder’s home
b) Proposing a new childminding service to be carried out in the Childminder’s home
||A Childminder who provides/proposes to provide childminding services (not including Childminders own children) for at least:
a) 3 children on a part time basis
b) 1 child on a full-time basis and 1 child on a part time basis
||Must provide evidence of appropriate insurance (must show valid insurance period)
||Must provide evidence of Tusla Children First E-Learning programme
(This is a free 1.5hr online programme available on https://www.tusla.ie/children-first/children-first-e-learning-programme/
||Required to operate as a Childminder for a minimum of two years following receipt of the grant.
What can the grant be used for?
The grant can be used for the purchase of small capital items such as items to enhance safety/quality in the service; equipment; toys or minor adaptation costs to improve the quality of service provided. The following list (which is not exhaustive) gives examples of the different types of costs that are eligible and not eligible for the grant (please consult with your local Childcare Committee if you have queries in relation to eligibility).
Safety items – fire blanket, fire extinguisher, smoke alarm, socket covers, cupboard locks, first aid kit, stair gate, fireguard, car seat etc.
Childcare equipment – changing table / mat, sterilizer, double/single buggy, high chair, cot, sturdy child sized table & chairs, booster seat, step up stools, potty, bedding, car seat, foot operated bin, storage etc.
Indoor/outdoor play equipment – swing, slide, climbing frame, sand box & water tray, ride on toys, building blocks, art & craft supplies, books, appropriate toys for various age groups, etc.
Minor adaptations – fencing, gates, painting, and flooring, developing a changing area / outdoor play space etc.
Ensure that all equipment purchased complies with The EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC to ensure that equipment meets safety requirements.
Ensure that, for minor adaptions, that the person is a registered contractor.
What is not acceptable eligible equipment?
Trampolines, subscriptions, consumables, walkers, travel cot, electronic equipment including: games/consoles, IT equipment, batteries.
What is not acceptable eligible expenditure?
Delivery cost of items, second hand items, bags (packing at the shop), installation/worker labour costs, items that would be considered for home use rather than childcare use.
Closing date for applications: 16 July 2021
Application Forms and further information
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact staff on 051 295045