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.
Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, announced the opening of the 2023 Childminding Development Grant. With a total budget of €250,000, the Childminding Development Grant provides up to €1,000 to assist childminders who are providing a childminding service in their own homes. The Grant aims to support the enhancement of quality and safety in the service through the purchase of toys, childcare equipment, safety equipment, and equipment to support inclusion and STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths). It is open to registered and unregistered childminders as well as those who are planning to open a childminding business in 2023. For the first time, 75% of the grant will be paid in advance, to help childminders with the upfront costs of purchasing equipment.
Laois County Childcare Committee will host a Drop-In CMDG Support Clinic on Thursday 6th July from 10am to 1pm in the Portlaoise Parish Centre
For further information about the Childminder Development Grant or the National Action Plan for Childminding, visit http://www.gov.ie/childminding or contact your local City or County Childcare Committee.
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