Becoming a Childminder

  • Decide how you want to run your Childminding service, full-time or part-time? What will your rates be? How many children can you mind?
  • Get your home ready – Child proof the house and make sure you have enough toys and equipment!
  • Find out if you should register with, Tusla or if you can notify your local Childcare Committee.
  • You must register with Revenue as self-employed within a year of starting.
  • Get Garda Vetting as a Childminder. Parents expect it and evidence of Garda Vetting for Childminding is a mandatory requirement for registration with Tusla.
  • Make sure you have appropriate insurance.
  • Prepare simple advertising – advertise on Childminding Ireland’s website (free to members) or put a small ad in local shops, toddler groups or on Facebook. But remember, word of mouth often works best!
  • Develop a working agreement to use with parents to help your arrangements run smoothly.
  • Hold interviews with parents. Use your working agreement to discuss the care needed and your approach to managing your service.
  • Arrange for the child or children to come for some settling in visits before you sign an agreement and get going properly.