Whilst pleased to see the first additional funding for childminders in decades, we are extremely worried that the focus was to support the registration of childminders with Tusla. As we all know, this is a failing system that does not work for childminders. We have requested an immediate meeting with Minister Zappone in which we are calling for the funding to be invested in the development of an appropriate quality childminding system.
International Childminding Forum
Childminding Ireland are working with the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Childminding Associations, sharing information. We hope to launch Childminding Myth Busting campaign in the coming weeks.
Childminding Consultation workshops are almost complete with our last one taking place next week on Tuesday 30 October in the Waterford Marina, Waterford City. If the date and venue suit you, please come along and spread the word to anyone you know in the area who would be interested.
The feedback from all 19 workshops will be collated and sent to the DCYA in early November.
We are developing local supports in your area, starting with peer support in the form of local childminding get-togethers. The purpose of these get-togethers is to provide local, informal support for childminders.
The Christmas get-togethers will take place on Thursday 29th November. For more information on these get-togethers and to find out where the Christmas events will take place in your county, click here.