The Childminder Development Grant Application Form and Guidelines is now available.

The purpose of the Childminder Development Grant is to offer an incentive, in the form of a small capital grant, to Childminders to enhance and support their awareness of quality childcare.

The Childminder Development Grant is designed to assist Childminders, already providing a childminding service in their own homes, to enhance safety/quality in the service through the purchase of small capital items, equipment, toys or minor adaptation costs.  It may also give financial assistance to new or prospective Childminders with their initial set up costs.


All applicants must be committed to maintaining/improving the quality of their childminding service.


What funding is available under the Childminder Development Grant?

The maximum grant available to a Childminder, who fully meets the criteria of the scheme, is 90% of total receipted eligible childcare expenditure, subject to a maximum grant of €1,000.

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

·A Childminder who is:

a)       Providing an existing childminding service carried out in the Childminder’s home OR

b)      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


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)
·Must provide evidence of Tusla Children First E-Learning programme
·Required to operate as a Childminder for a minimum of two years following receipt of the grant

Completed application forms should be emailed to Meath County Childcare Committee at by close of business 16 July 2021. No applications will be accepted after 16 July 2021.

To download a copy of the Application form and guidelines please click here:  F:\CMDG Application Form and Guidelines.pdf

Please contact Laois CCC 057 86 61029 to find out more about the Childminding Development Grant (CMDG).

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