Childminders who mind four or more unrelated pre-school children must register Tusla, 3 months prior to commencement.
For further details see the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 and and the Child Care Regulations (The Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services)( Amendments) Regulations 2016.
Tusla Registered Childminders must adhere to the Quality and Regulatory Framework (QRF) for Childminders.
Childminders registered with Tusla as a preschool service must hold an Early Childhood Care and Education award at Level 5.
Childminders registered with Tusla as a School Age Childcare service – currently no qualification requirement .
A ‘pre-school child’ is defined as a child under six years of age who is not attending a national school or equivalent.
“Childminding Service” means a pre-school service which may include an overnight service offered by a person who single-handedly takes care of pre-school children, including the childminder’s own children, in the childminder’s home for a total of more than 2 hours per day, except where the exemptions provided in Section 58 of the Child Care Act 1991 apply.
A Childminder should look after not more than 5 pre-school children including the Childminder’s own pre-school children. No more than two children should be less than 15 months. Exceptions in relation to numbers under 15 months can be made for multiple births or siblings.
If you are interested in learning more about registering with Tusla please contact the Pre-school Inspector in your local Tusla Office. For more information, see www.tusla.ie.
What is the purpose of Notification?
Statutory Notification is intended to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of pre-school children, to promote the development of pre-school children, and to ensure compliance with the Regulations made under Part VII of the Childcare Act. The Pre-school Inspector inspects the Childminding service and may make several visits to help the Childminder reach regulatory standards.