A Childminder cares for a small group of children of mixed ages in the childminder’s own home. Children are welcomed as individuals, they are offered affection and respect and their developmental and recreational needs are met. Childminders offer a flexible service, tailored to each child, thereby helping parents and guardians to balance their work and family commitments. A Childminder negotiates and agrees her/his terms with parents. The child’s welfare must be the prime consideration of the Childminder. Childminders have sole responsibility for the health, safety and wellbeing of each child entrusted to their care.
Are you thinking of becoming a childminder? If so please see resources below
Guidance for Childminders: https://www.laoischildcare.ie/2022/02/16/guidance-for-childminders-understanding-childrens-behaviour/
Please find links below to contacts and resources for training.
We are pleased to inform you that the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, has announced the opening of the 2022 Childminder Development Grant (CMDG). The Grant aims to support the enhancement of quality and safety in your childminding service through the purchase of small capital items, equipment, toys, minor adaptation costs and IT equipment. For the first time, funding is available for a limited range of small-scale IT equipment such as Laptops or Tablets to support engagement by the childminder with online training and quality programmes and resources. The grant is also available to new or prospective childminders to assist with initial set-up costs. The maximum grant available is €1,000.
CMDG Grant 2022 is now closed – Please be advised that the next CMDG grant will be available in 2023.
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