About Childminding Ireland

Childminding Ireland is the national body soley focused on childminding

Our childminders offer home based care minding children in the childminders home. 

Our childminders: Have insurance. Are Garda Vetted (or are in the process of vetting).

The vast majority have childcare qualifications and paediatric first aid training. 




Childminding Ireland, the National body for childminders, supporting childminders to provide quality home based childcare.

Strategy & Policy

Childminding is the most popular form of childcare in Ireland and is small group care of children of mixed ages undertaken in a family home environment. Research has found that good quality early years services has the most positive outcomes on children.
We support childminders throughout Ireland by providing advice, support, access to reduced cost insurance through the Childminding Ireland insurance group scheme and other membership benefits.
As the National body for childminders, we are in a position to lobby Government on issues affecting our members.
We act to support our members by carrying out research and publishing research and policy papers.
Childminding Ireland is a membership organisation and a Registered Charity (CHY11504).


Providing access to training and professional development.
Benefits includes reduced insurance costs when you join our group insurance scheme.
Providing professional resources & practical advice to members.
Providing parents with advice on childminders and childminding and access to our Childminders Directory
A National organisation solely focused on childminding, representing members and lobbying Government.

CMI Team

Bernadette Orbinski Burke, Chief Executive

Originally, a biology and science teacher, Bernadette retrained as a Chartered Accountant. Bernadette has had a wide-ranging business career, the benefits of which Bernadette brings to Childminding Ireland. Bernadette worked in a range of sectors prior to spearheading Childminding Ireland. Previous high-level roles include working in the Scottish Government Health Department and for the International Office Geneva of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) the international medical emergency aid agency.

Bernadette is passionate about delivering change for childminders in Ireland and leads the committed and dynamic team at Childminding Ireland. Bernadette has huge admiration for the members of the organisation who continuously demonstrate drive and enthusiasm for this critical sector in our society.

While not at work, Bernadette is busy taxiing her daughter between sporting events, taming the garden or listening to Podcasts from around the world.

Mairead Hurley, Childminding Engagement

As the Childminding Engagement team leader, Mairead is armed with huge understanding of childminding and feels honoured to support childminders on a daily basis.  Mairead first cut her teeth in the manufacturing industry before finding her natural home in the childcare sector. 

Having completed her Fetac qualification in childcare, she set up her own playschool and childminding business and later went on to become Manager at Wicklow Family Learning Centre.

As a sports fanatic, you will find Mairead taking part in sport of any size or shape or cheering on her favourite team from the side of a pitch!

Bernie Byrne Childminding Engagement

Bernie is the first port of call for many childminders, and is exceptionally helpful and positive. Having run her own Montessori Pre-school for many years, Bernie decided to return to education and  attained a full Fetac award in Early Childcare and Education.  Bernie then began her career as a childminder which she thoroughly enjoyed and gives her invaluable insight into the challenges and concerns of  members.

Using her vast experience of working with children and their families Bernie will support childminders through setting up their business, finding a suitable child or children to mind and generally advising on every aspect of service.

While not working, Bernie loves to sing with her local choir and her keen interest in dressmaking and design is put to great use both at home and in her voluntary work.

Lara Hughes, Outreach/Marketing

With a strong understanding of the Marketing fundamentals, Lara is enthusiastic about delivering memorable, results driven campaigns for childminding Ireland.  Prior to running Outreach & Marketing for Childminding Ireland, Lara learned her trade in leading global telecommunications multinationals where she rose through the ranks.  She is hugely energised to be applying her experience and knowledge to such an important and evolving sector.

In her spare time, Lara looks after the social diaries of her three lovely ladies.  She is an advocate for achieving a healthy work-life balance and loves nothing more than slipping between the covers of a good book.

Lara holds an MBS from UCD and Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Marketing.

We are part funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and our funding is administered through Pobal.

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