Childminders Survey Results 2011

Press Release: 22nd April 2012

 Childminders Survey results from the only annual snapshot of experiences of Childminders in Ireland.

National Childminding Week, 21st – 27th April, 2012/Survey Results

 Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, will officially launched National Childminding Week at the Childminding Ireland AGM/Conference in the Clarion Liffey Valley Hotel on Saturday 21st April.  As part of the launch Bernie Griffiths presented the findings of the seventh National Childminding Survey undertaken by Childminding Ireland annually to assess the social and economic experiences of Childminders in Ireland and gain an insight into the working lives of Childminders, who provide the greatest number of full day and after school childcare places in Ireland.

Results from the National Survey of Registered Childminders 2011, collected from 34% of Registered members shows that Childminding is the preferred choice for parents of babies and pre Schoolers (i.e. children over 15 months who are not yet attending primary school) with 91% of Childminders minding children in this category.  This has increased in the past year from 86% recorded in 2010.

The national average weekly rate for a full time place remains the same as findings in 2010 at €151 per child per week with a range of fees from €123 to €201. The national average part time rate remains at €5.00 per hour with the national average hourly rate for after school at €5.00. This ranged from €3 to €7 throughout Ireland.

57% of Childminders reported working for 40 hours or more per week but this is a 6% decrease from 2010. 44% reported having vacancies within their service which is an increase in vacancies from previous years.  57% report a reduction in hours at parent’s request which Childminders have stated is due to a reduction in parents working hours. This is an increase from 45% requests reported in 2010.

85% of Childminders have a written agreement in place with a parent which is a decrease from 93% in 2009 but may show the flexibility being shown to parents in trying times from Childminders with flexible hours and conditions.

Again Childminders show an emphasis on quality and highlights it as a distinct career choice – 57% of respondents hold nationally accredited childcare qualifications such as FETAC or HETAC. 86% have undertaken First Aid training and 70% have completed the Quality Awareness Programme for Childminders. 36% of participants hold ‘other’ Childcare qualifications which include Montessori Training, Nursing, and Social Work among others.  Within the Survey results Childminders cite training and on-going development in the field as being an issue of importance to them, second only to their wish to be valued by parents.  90% of respondents to the Survey have personal Childcare responsibilities.

At the time of the Survey 82% of the participants have registered for tax and 58% avail of the Childminders Tax Relief. This is an increase of 10% in tax compliance since 2010.

The survey shows 77% of respondents had Garda vetting with a further 25% reported to have applied.
For further information contact:

Siobhan Kennedy 086 8121423 or Bernie Griffiths on (01) 287 8466

Final Report of Survey 2011