Childcare Legislation

In the Child Care Act 1991 Early Years Services Regulations 2016, childminding is defined as:

‘a pre-school service …by a person who single-handedly takes care of pre-school children….’

The Child Care Act 1991 has been amended to also include School age Childcare Regulations 2018 , and childminding services are also defined as:

‘a school age service …by a person who single-handedly takes care of school age children….’

A pre-school child is defined as being under six years of age, and not attending a national school or equivalent. A school age child is attending school.
Your childminding service MUST be registered with Tusla if you are caring for 4 or more unrelated pre-school children or 7 or more school age only children at any one time in your own home. Your service will be inspected under the regulations and you can mind up to 5 pre-school children (counting your own pre-school children), with no more than two babies under 15 months.
However, your Childminding Service is exempt and you are NOT required to register with TUSLA, if, you care for:
• 3 or less unrelated pre-school children or
• Pre-school children from the same family only
• 6 or less school age only children
For more information on Tusla’s registration requirements for school age children, click here.