We have received a lot of calls regarding Budget 2017 and in particular whether or not childminders will be included in the government’s proposals around a Single Affordable Childcare model.
The DCYA has commenced a working group which is chaired by Childminding Ireland and has representation from various stakeholders, including CCCs to look into this subject as a matter of urgency.
Currently, only childminders caring for four or more children are compelled (and indeed allowed) to register with TUSLA. Those registered with TUSLA are subject to the same inspections and standards as other childcare services and may deliver the government’s childcare schemes.
Childminders who care for less than four children cannot presently register with TUSLA but may voluntarily notify themselves to their local County Childcare Committee. This system does not come with any form of regulation or inspection and does not allow the childminder to participate in any of the government’s childcare schemes at present. It should be noted however, that those childminders that have voluntary notified have declared themselves to have insurance, Garda vetting and undertaken professional development.
Voluntary Notified Childminders may apply for a grant for equipment once every two years.
Once more information becomes available regarding Childminding and the Single Affordable Childcare model we will update parents and childminders accordingly.
In the meantime, should you have any queries do not hesitate to get in touch by calling 0404 64455 or by visiting www.wccc.ie where there is a dedicated section on Childminding.