A childminder cares for a small group of children of mixed ages in a ‘home from home’ setting.
Childminding is legislated for by the Childcare Act 1991, which is interpreted by the Childcare (Pre-School Services) Regulations 2006.Under the Child Care Act 1991, a person minding more than three children from different families is obliged to notify the HSE of her/his childminding service, with the exception of those who mind multiple birth children or siblings.
A ‘pre-school child’ is a child who is under six years of age and who is not attending a national school or a school providing education similar to a national school.
Where a Childminder is minding 3 or less children or is legally exempt notifying the HSE (see above), a Childminder might wish to voluntarily notify that she/he is providing a childminding service and can do so by contacting Sligo County Childcare Committee. A member of staff will then contact the Childminder, to arrange in advance, a date and time to visit the Childminder, and will offer help advice and guide the Childminder.
When everything is in order, the Voluntary Notification Form will be signed off, following which, the Childminder will be sent a confirmation that she/he has voluntarily notified. Voluntary notified Childminders are operating to the high national standards.
For further information or to access a copy of the National Guidelines for Childminders, please follow this link: Childminders