A statement regarding the press surrounding the Draft Childminding Action Plan 2019

Childminding Ireland members represent Quality Childminding.

Childminding Ireland, the National Body for Childminding, is appalled at the scaremongering in this morning’s press concerning the Draft Childminding Action Plan. This type of coverage is unhelpful and is creating high levels of unnecessary anxiety for childminders.

In relation to quality childminding, Childminding Ireland emphasises that Garda Vetting for Childminding has been available since 2006, though not a legal requirement. Childminding Ireland members are Garda Vetted, Insured for Childminding, have First Aid for childminding, have Child Safeguarding training and sign up to a code of ethics. Childminding Ireland members represent Quality Childminding.

Childminding Ireland calls for the new system for childminding to be informed, driven and steered by childminders and those proximate to childminders not by centre based professionals. The DCYA explained yesterday that this change is going to take time, nothing is going to happen overnight. The first phase will take place over the next 3 years, during this time they will review existing regulations, develop bespoke training and support, detail costing and consultation.

Childminding Ireland urges all childminders and parents using childminding services to take part in the consultation process, click on the following link for the draft Childminding Action Plan and a link to the online survey http://bit.ly/30IaXdF

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