Childminders - Introduction

Childminders offer home-based childcare in the Childminder’s own home for preschool and school going children. It is personal, unique, adaptable and family friendly. Childminders play a vital role in supporting families: an estimated 76,000 children are cared for by professional Childminders in Ireland according to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in 2016.

Here you will find the best, most relevant and updated information on how to set up and run your Childminding Service. We guide you through what is involved in becoming a Childminder as well as registration with Tusla or notification to your local Childcare Committee.

We provide information on Childcare Tax Relief for Childminders and how to get Garda Vetted as a Childminder.

We also explain the benefits of joining Childminding Ireland. Find out about the Free Preschool Scheme as well as the national early years’ frameworks, Aistear & Síolta.

You will find useful links to all the relevant legislation and lots of useful resources.