You need to decide if your childminding service will use the whole house or not. Which areas will be off limits? Do a basic safety check on your home! See these Child Safety tips which will help.
You may need some or all of the following:
- Stair gates – for stairs, and any other off limit areas.
- Socket covers for any floor level sockets, cord covers for wires, and covers for sharp corners and edges.
- Child proof locks – make sure poisonous products are safely out of reach.
- Watch this series of YouTube videos on Child Safety from the Health Service Executive to help you think through all aspects of child safety.
- Get fire safety equipment as needed. Smoke alarms and batteries, a fire extinguisher, a fire blanket for the kitchen.
- Make sure you get any extra car seats, cots, and mattresses, buggies or high chairs you need.
- Have a range of toys, books and equipment, for different age groups consider when children are playing outdoors.
- Check your garden for any hazards.
- If you need help to cover the costs, the Childminding Development Grant may be available.
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