Childminding Development Grant

The Childminders 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 Childminders 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) 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 leasta) 3 children on a part time basis OR  b) 1 child on a full time basis and 1 child on a part time basis
A Childminder who has:a) Completed Child Protection & Welfare Training & FETAC Accredited Occupational First Aid
A childminder must provide evidence of appropriate insurance
A Childminder is required to operate for a minimum of two years following receipt of the grant.


What can the grant be used for?

The grant can be used for the purchase of small capital items such as items to enhance safety/quality in the service e.g. equipment; toys or minor adaptation costs to improve the quality of service provided. The final decision on eligible capital items will be at the discretion of Sligo CCC. The following list (which is not exhaustive) gives examples of the different types of costs that may be covered by the grant.

Health & Safety items – fire blanket, fire extinguisher, smoke alarm, socket covers, cupboard locks, first aid kit, stair gate, refuse bins, fireguard, etc.

Childcare equipment – changing table / mat, sterilizer, double/single buggy, high chair, cot, sturdy child sized table & chairs, booster seat, step up stools, potty, bedding, car seat, storage etc.

Indoor/outdoor play equipment – swing, slide, climbing frame, sand box & water tray, ride on toys, building blocks, art & craft supplies, books, appropriate toys for various age groups, etc.

Minor adaptations – fencing, gates, painting, and flooring, developing a changing area / outdoor play space etc.

What is not acceptable expenditure?

Trampolines, subscriptions, consumables, walkers, travel cot, electronic equipment including: games/consoles, IT equipment

If I previously received a CMDG can I apply for one now?

If you previously received a Childminding Development Grant under previous schemes you may still be eligible for funding. If your last funding draw down was less than 2 years ago then you are not eligible to apply this time unless the last grant amount approved was €500 or less.

Where do I get more information?

For further information on Childminding Development Grant please contact Sligo County Childcare Committee