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. There are two types of notification in place for childminders.

1. Voluntary Notification

2. Statutory Notification


1. Voluntary notification

If a childminder cares for 3 or fewer pre-school children they may choose to Voluntarily Notify Wexford County Childcare Committee. In order to do this the childminder must complete a self evaluation form and meet the criteria as outlined on the form.

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2. Statutory Notification

If a Childminder is caring for more than 3 pre-school children s/he is subject to the ChildCareActEarlyYrsRegs2016pdf and is obliged to notify the HSE of their service. The Childminder is obliged to give the Tusla 28 days notice prior to taking on their 4th pre-school child.

Tusla  Tel: 053 91 23522

*Pre-School child: any child under 6yrs of age or a child not yet attending National School


Garda Vetting

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