What is a Childminder?
A Childminder is a person who provides a childminding service as defined in the Childcare Act 1991 ( Early Years Services) Regulations 2016. (See here).
This service refers to pre-school children looked after in the Childminders home. This service is offered for the full working day or for different periods during the day.
Under the Childcare Act 1991 ( Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 (see here) a Childminder can care for up to five pre-school children at any one time (this number is inclusive of the Childminders own pre-school children). Any Childminder caring for more than three pre-school children at any one time must notify their local TUSLA to complete a TUSLA Registration of their service.
When/how should I notify my Childminding service or to whom?
At present, Childminders can legally care for 3 or fewer *pre-school children without being obliged to notify Tusla. This number includes the childminders own children. Only 2 of these children can be aged 15 months or less. A childminder may not care for more than 5 pre-school children at any one time.
If a Childminder is caring for more than 3 pre-school children s/he is subject to the (Childcare Act 1991 ( Early Years Services) Regulations 2016) and is obliged to notify TUSLA of their service. The Childminder is obliged to give TUSLA 28 days’ notice prior to taking on their 4th pre-school child. TUSLA Registration
Tusla Tel: 053 91 23522
*Pre-School child: any child under 6yrs of age or a child not yet attending National School
It is recommended that all Childminders, emergency contact person and any adult who may be in contact with the children in the service, apply for Garda Vetting. For details of how to apply for Garda Vetting click here.