Information for Parents:
A childminder is a person who minds other people’s children in the childminder’s own home.
How do I find a childminder?
- Contact TUSLA for a list of notified childminders
- Contact Cork City Childcare for details of childminders in your area
- Ask friends, relations or neighbours for recommendations
- Look out for childminder’s advertisements
- Advertise in your local area.
Important questions to consider when selecting a Childminder:
- Are they Garda Vetted?
- Have they completed first aid training?
- Do they have qualifications or experience in the Childcare field?
- Do they own their own transport and will facilitate do pre-school drop offs?
- How much do they charge; is it a day rate or hourly?
- How many other children do they mind?
- Do they have pets in the home?
- Do they mind children in their home/ would they come to your home?
- Can they provide you with written references?
- What happens re. payment when you take holidays/they take holidays/ you are sick/they are sick/ bank holidays?
- Do they provide the meals, or do you?
- What is the procedure if you or my child has an accident or becomes ill?
- Have they adequate home insurance?
- Where will my child sleep?
- Have you a behaviour management policy?
- Will we have a written agreement specifying conditions?
- What other people will be around my child i.e. family members, other children
- How will they cater for my child’s settling in period i.e. how many days/hours?
Ensure that you always value and respect your Childminder, this can be achieved by:
- Abiding by your written agreement
- Being punctual
- Not overstaying when collecting your child/children
- Paying in full and on the agreed day
- Discussing in advance any changes in agreements
- Communicating concerns directly to the Childminder
- If you need to end the arrangement, do so in a fair and positive way
Information for Childminders:
What we can support you with at Cork City Childcare:
- Setting up a Childminding Service
- Ongoing support for established Childminders
- Information on available financial supports e.g. Childminding Development Grant
- Advertising your service to parents
- Telephone/Email communication for information support
- Support around the voluntary notification process or registration with TUSLA
- Information on tax exemption or eligibility
- Guidance on developing policies & procedures
- Training Opportunities
- Informed support around concerns that you may come up against in your daily work
The Voluntary Notification Process:
Where a Childminder is minding 3 or less children or is legally exempt from registration with TUSLA, a Childminder may choose to voluntarily notify that they are providing a childminding service and can do so by contacting the Cork City Childcare Committee.
Voluntary Notification requires 3 simple steps:
- Includes filling in a Voluntary Notification Declaration form
- Completing accompanying paperwork
- Undertaking an advisory home visit from the Childcare Committees Development Worker
Once the visit is made and all paperwork is completed, the childminder will be issued a Voluntary Notification Certificate. The assigned Development Worker will be available throughout the Self-Evaluation process to guide and inform the Childminder.
What are the benefits of Voluntary Notification?
- Voluntary notified Childminders are seen to be operating at high national standards
- You can receive advice and support from the allocated Development Worker as well as information on trainings, seminars, conferences, networking, and other opportunities organised by Cork City Childcare
- Avail of financial supports e.g. €15,000 Childminder Tax Exemption or the Childminding Development Grant
- Be placed on the Cork City Childcare database
- It reassures parents of the quality care and standards that you operate under
Please note that to remain on our data base, you need to renew your Voluntary Notification annually.