Childminding Development Grant 2018
Applications are now open for the Childminding Development Grant 2018.
Who is the Childminding Development Grant for?
Childminders who provide a childminding service in their own (childminders) home. The grant is not available to childminders caring for children in the parent’s home.
Childminders may apply for the grant if they are currently registered with Túsla and childminders who are not yet registered with Túsla but who are registered as self-employed with Revenue and can provide evidence of this.
The following items will be required to be considered eligible for the grant:
|If you are a current registered childminder with Túsla you will need:
|If you are registered as a self-employed childminder with Revenue you will need:
Email / letter from Túsla confirming registration
Notice of Assessment or a Self-assessment letter which will state that you paid PRSI as a childcare provider in 2017.
Current insurance cover for childminding
Current insurance cover for childminding.
Evidence of Garda Vetting
Evidence of Garda Vetting
What type of evidence is required of my registration with Túsla?
Under the Childcare Regulations Childcare Act 1991 (Early Years Services) 2016 all registered Childminders will have confirmation of their registration status with Túsla.
What type of evidence is required of my registration as a self- employed childminder with Revenue?
- You will be required to provide evidence of registration as a self-employed childminder with Revenue.
- You may be availing of the €15,000 tax relief or you may be registered for tax with Revenue. For the purposes of eligibility for the grant Waterford Childcare Committee requires documentation from Revenue for the year 2017 which shows that you paid PRSI as a childminder.
- If you are jointly assessed with your partner/husband you should have a Notice of Assessment or a self-assessment letter which will state that you paid PRSI as a childcare provider in 2017.
- The Notice of Assessment would be received by post if you filed your tax return by post or in your inbox on your online information with Revenue.
- We do not require any specific tax information from you or your partner / spouse.
- If you are newly registered as a self-employed childminder for 2018 you also are eligible to apply for the Childminding Development Grant
- For further information please contact Revenue on 051 862100.
Current insurance cover for childminding could be home insurance that covers childminding or a specific childminding insurance policy. Please forward a copy of the childminding insurance policy for the current period.
The National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 provides a statutory basis for the vetting of persons carrying out relevant work with children or vulnerable persons. Under this Act it is an offence not to be garda vetted if you are working directly with children as a childminder. Garda vetting is also an integral part of registration with Túsla. Garda vetting is a free service. To become garda vetted please contact Barnardos on 021 4547060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If I previously received a CMDG can I apply for one now?
Yes. If you previously received a Childminding Development Grant under previous schemes you can apply again in 2018.
What type of grant is available?
As in previous years the grant will be in 2 parts:
- A Resource Pack and Workshop based on the Aistear theme of Communicating. The pack is valued at €200. This pack will be available to you at a specific training event
- A Funding Grant of €300 to purchase specific safety, childcare and play resources. Successful applicants will be required to pay a 10% contribution (maximum €50) towards the overall grant approved.
What is the Aistear Communicating Resource Pack?
- The theme of Communicating is about children sharing their experiences, thoughts, ideas, and feelings with others with growing confidence and competence in a variety of ways and for a variety of purposes.
- Communicating involves giving, receiving and making sense of information. Children do this by using nonverbal means of communication, talking, listening, thinking, and understanding. Children communicate in many different ways including facial expressions, gestures, body movements, sounds, language and for some children, through assistive technology. Children’s language is more than words, phrases and sentences. It includes art, Braille, dance, drama, music, poetry, pictures, sculpture, singing, and stories.
- Being a good communicator is crucial to children’s development.
- By capturing children’s interest and curiosity and challenging them to explore and to share their adventures and discoveries with others, this environment can fuel their thinking, imagination and creativity, thereby enriching communication. These early experiences support children in becoming confident and competent communicators.
- The pack will contain key resources and play items that can be used to fully explore the theme of Communicating with the children in your care.
- Further information on the Aistear theme of Communicating can be found on www.ncca.ie
- A specific training event will be organised at which the contents of the pack will be explored and sample ideas and activities on the theme will be provided. The pack will be available at the training event.
Funding Application – What can I spend the money on?
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, cot (excluding travel cot), sturdy child sized table & chairs, booster seat, step up stools, potty, foot operated bin, storage equipment etc.
Indoor/outdoor play equipment – swing, slide, climbing frame, (excluding trampolines) sand box, ride on toys, building blocks, art & craft supplies, appropriate toys for various age groups, books etc.
How does the funding grant work?
- A maximum funding grant of €300 is available. Therefore you may submit an application for items to the value of €350. This works out as a grant of €300 and a 10% contribution of €50 payable by you.
- Get a quotation for all items to be purchased by checking catalogues for prices or visit safety, childcare equipment and toy shops.
- Complete the application form and attach the quotations to it.
- Your application will be appraised by Waterford Childcare Committee whose recommendations will be sent to Pobal. Pobal will review and return a list of approvals by the end of July.
- Don’t buy anything yet. No purchases should be made until you have been informed by us that your application has been approved.
- Once your application has been approved you will receive a Letter of Agreement which you should sign and return to Waterford Childcare Committee.
- You may then purchase the items approved for funding. Retain the original receipts as the grant can only be issued to you when these receipts are forwarded to WCC.
- Send the receipts to Waterford Childcare Committee and you will be reimbursed with 90% of the cost up to a maximum of €300. For example, if you have been approved for an application of €350 Waterford Childcare Committee will issue you with a reimbursement of €300. The balance of 10% of funding up to a maximum of €50 is payable by you.
- The Aistear Communicating Resource Pack will be available at a training event which will be available in September. Contents of this pack are currently being planned, details will be available shortly.
What is the closing date?
Completed application forms should be received by Waterford Childcare Committee by Thursday 19 July 2018.
Checklist for application:
* Completed application form
* Evidence of current insurance for childminding
* Evidence of Garda Vetting
* Relevant costings for each item i.e. pages from catalogue, invoice etc
* Evidence of registration with Túsla
* Evidence of registration as a self-employed childminder with Revenue
Where do I get more information?
Waterford Childcare Committee
The Workhouse Greenway Visitor Centre, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford
Telephone: 051 295045 Email: email@example.com