Childminding Action Plan
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs have advised us that work is progressing on the Childminding Action plan and it is expected to be published towards the end of March 2019.
School Age Regulations
On the 27 December Minister Katherine Zappone announced that School Age Childcare services are to be registered and regulated for the first time with Tusla. Under these regulations, a childminder minding more than 6 mixed aged children at any one time, must register with Tusla. A childminder who is required to register should apply to register as a pre-school childminder if they care for more pre-school children than school age children, and as a school age childminder if they care for more school age children than pre-school children. Check our webpage - How many children can I mind for more details.
Currently a childminder is exempt from registering with Tusla if they care for 6 children or fewer BUT not more than 3 of the children can be of pre-school age for this exemption to apply.
The new School Age Regulations come into effect on 18 February 2019. Check out the DCYA’s Frequently Asked Questions document, please note Q13 to Q15 relate specifically to childminding.
Childminding Ireland is very concerned that it would be difficult to maintain quality of service while singlehandedly caring for large numbers of School Age children.
Further difficulties will arise with Insurance, Planning Laws and Commercial rates
On a practical level:
• Current childminding insurance covers minding a maximum of 6 children at any one time.
• Under planning laws, a childminder is exempt from applying for “Change of Use” minding 6 or less at any one time.
• Commercial rates – you may no longer be exempt from Commercial rates if you care for more than 6 children at any one time in your home.
School Age Services capital Grant 2019
The DCYA have published guidelines setting out the application process for over €6.1m in childcare capital grants. The 2019 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital programmes will open for applications from 25th February to 27th March 2019.
The available strands of funding are as follows:
Strand A: Creation of new places for 0-3 year olds - €4.231m (max. €50,000 per grant).
Strand B: Fire Safety for community early years services – €0.875m, (max. €15,000 per grant).
Strand C: Creation of new school age places - €1m (max. €20,000 per grant).
Both early learning and care and school age childcare providers are invited to apply.
The grant is open to services that are currently registered with Tusla and in contract with the DCYA. This includes programmes such as ECCE, CCS, CCSP, CCSR, CCSR-T, and TEC.