Start-up Grants for Childminding Services

The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth provides Childminding Development Grants of up to €1,000 to those who provide or intend to provide a childminding service in the Childminder's own home. You may apply for a grant every two years to purchase equipment or make small home modifications for your service.

Childminding Development Grant 2021

The Childminding Development Grant is now open for applications. The eligibility criteria listed below, are also set out in the guidelines and application form which can be accessed in Word here or alternatively in PDF here.

Your completed application form should be emailed to Meath County Childcare Committee at informationofficer@mccc.ie by close of business 16 July 2021. No applications will be accepted after 16 July 2021. Meath County Childcare Committee will be dealing with all applications countrywide.

Just to note, you will need your local CCC to complete page 9 of the above form which will must be included with your application.

Childminder Development Grant Criteria

  • A Childminder who is:
    a) Providing an existing childminding service carried out in the Childminder’s home
    OR
    b) Proposing a new childminding service to be carried out in the Childminder’s home
  • A Childminder who provides/proposes to provide childminding services (not including Childminders own children) for at least:
    a) 3 children on a part time basis
    OR
    b) 1 child on a full-time basis and 1 child on a part time basis
  • Must provide evidence of appropriate insurance (must show valid insurance period). If you do not already have childminding insurance, you can access discounted childminding insurance (€240) through membership of Childminding Ireland (€55). Please click here to join.
  • Must provide evidence of Tusla Children First E-Learning programme. This can be accessed here.  This programme takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete and you will receive a certificate on completion.
  • Required to operate as a Childminder for a minimum of two years following receipt of the grant.

Other Grants

If you are currently in receipt of a welfare payment, you may be eligible for the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance or the Short Term Enterprise Allowance to start your own business.

These schemes allow you to keep some or all of your welfare payment and benefits (such as a medical card), while accessing extra supports, such as grants for training, market research, business plans and access to loans to buy equipment.