What is the National Action Plan for Childminding?
The Action Plan 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 Action Plan follows through on the following commitments:
The Programme for Government - to examine options to accelerate access to subsidies for non-relative childminders.
First 5 - to promote and support the registration of paid, non-relative childminders currently eligible to register with Tusla and to extend regulation to all other paid, non-relative childminders on a phased basis over the lifetime of the Strategy.
What is the aim of the National Action Plan for Childminding?
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, learning outcomes, and helping families. The Action Plan aims to support parental choice and increase availability of flexible and affordable early learning and care and school-age childcare for working parents.
Who is the National Action Plan for Childminding for?
The Action Plan is designed to support all paid, non-relative childminders, parents using or considering using a childminding service, and children. The Action Plan is not focused on nannies or au pairs who work in the child’s home, who are employees of the child’s parents.
You can acess the new childminding webpage by clicking on this link: www.gov.ie/childminding. 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
- Grants and funding
- Childminder Supports