Myth: The childminder works for me (the parent)
Fact: Childminders are self-employed and enter into a contract with the parent to deliver a childminding service. This arrangement creates an equality between childminder and parent allowing for the best interests of the child to be considered.
In practice this means the parent pays a fee for the childminding service provided and the childminder is responsible for managing their own tax and insurance. More information about this can be obtained from Childminding Ireland.
• Childminders are just babysitters, children just play and don’t learn as much with a childminder
• Childminders can look after as many children as they want at any one time
• Childminding is only for women
• A childminder will replace the parent/s in a child’s affection