Minister O’Gorman launches public consultation on new childminding regulations

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman has today announced the launch of a public consultation on new regulations governing the childminding sector. This step marks a key moment in efforts to improve and enhance the quality and assurance of childminding services across Ireland.

The consultation process, starting on 08 February 2024 and running until 02 May 2024, will be an opportunity for childminders and parents see the proposed draft regulations and have the chance to voice their opinions. People will be able to learn about the regulations and give their feedback through an online survey, webinars and in-person focus groups, ensuring comprehensive feedback from all stakeholders. This consultation will build on previous consultations with childminders, such as the consultation on the draft National Action Plan for Childminding.

To read the full annoucement or to participate in the consulation select an option below

 

Consultations

The National Action Plan for Childminding (NAPC) recognises that each childminding home is unique.
Consultations with childminders about new appropriate childminding regulations will be starting soon. We want to hear the views of as many childminders as possible.
To get involved please contact your local City or County Childcare Committee (CCC). Details of your local CCC can be found here

Minister O’Gorman announces consultation on new Draft Principles for Engaging with the Arts in Early Learning and Childcare.

For any childminder who is interested in the arts, all childminders are welcome to engage in this consultation, please see link below:

The National Action Plan for Childminding

The National Action Plan for Childminding is a pathway to be developed over the next 8 years that sets out steps towards regulation, support and subsidies, for all paid, non-relative childminders. The Action Plan will involve change and significant benefits for childminders, children and the families using their services.

 The aim of the Action Plan is to provide greater recognition for childminding and to support childminders in their work of providing high quality early learning and care and school age childcare, thus supporting child development and learning outcomes and helping families.

Karen Folan is the Regional Childminding Development officer, covering Sligo and Donegal. Karen’s role is to support the rollout of the National Action Plan for Childminding on a national, regional and local level. To contact Karen call 0719148860 or email karen@sligochildcare.ie 

The National Action Plan for Childminding 

 

The new childminding webpage www.gov.ie/childminding is now live.  On the website you can find the following information;

  • National Action Plan for Childminding (2021 to 2028)
  • Information for childminders on the National Action Plan for Childminding (2021 to 2028)
  • Information for parents on the National Action Plan for Childminding (2021 to 2028)
  • Covid Guidance
  • Link to National Action Plan for Childminding (2021 to 2028) Facebook page
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