How many Children can I mind?

Different pieces of legislation and schemes give different answers to that question

Under the Early Years Services Regulations 2016, a childminder can mind no more than 5 pre-school children including your own preschoolers. However, you are exempt Voluntary Notification from regulation if you are minding 3 or fewer unrelated pre-school children, excluding your own pre-school children.

You can also mind school children at the same time. However, under local planning laws you can mind no more than 6 children of any age, including your own, something reflected in childminding and home insurance.

If you mind no more than 3 children under the age of 18, you will also be able to claim the Childcare Services Tax Relief.

You should ensure that you have appropriate insurance to cover your childminding service. Tailored childminding insurance is included in your Childminding Ireland Membership. If you are a home owner, you need to inform your home insurer of your service. If you are in rented accommodation, you should also have the landlord’s agreement. You may carry minded children in your car, once they each have an age appropriate car seat, and you have informed your car insurance company.