Consultation on Childminding Regulation – survey will close at 5pm on May 2.

Under the National Action Plan for Childminding the government is introducing new childminding specific regulations to support children, families and childminders.

Up to now, the vast majority of childminders were unable to register their childminding services with Tusla as the previous regulations had several exemptions. These exemptions will be removed. The childminding regulations will relate only to childminders who single handedly look after other peoples’ children in the childminder’s own home. They will not relate to grandparents etc.

These new childminding specific regulations will safeguard children and allow childminders to avail of multiple benefits and supports. It is proposed that childminders will be given a number of years from the commencement of the regulations before it becomes compulsory to register. Once registered, childminders will have the option of taking part in the National Childcare Scheme making subsidies available to parents and helping to make their own childminding businesses sustainable.

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth have developed a confidential online survey.

Anyone with an interest in childminding, including former childminders, parents, early years educators, school aged childcare practitioners etc can participate. This survey will close at 5pm on May 2.

We have arranged for 2 opportunities to participate in a focus group for childminders:

Tuesday 12 March in the Park Hotel, Dungarvan from 7-9pm

Wednesday 20 March in the Viking Hotel, Waterford from 7-9pm

We also have organised an online focus group opportunity for parents:

Tuesday 9 April An online event from 7-9pm

To book into a focus group please follow this link: Book Focus Group Here

There is also lots of information on the National Action Plan for Childminding website: Click Here