We have added the most common questions and answers below to help give you as much information as possible. If you cannot find the information you need, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Can Kerry County Childcare Committee help me find a creche/preschool?
Yes, there are three options available to you when sourcing childcare in Kerry:
- There is a Childcare Provider list available on this website on “List of Services” tab.
- Contact Kerry County Childcare Committee for a copy of our booklet ‘A Parents Guide to Childcare in Kerry‘
- Contact Tusla Early Years (Preschool) Department for a list of childcare providers or you can visit Tusla.
Can Kerry County Childcare Committee help me find a childminder?
Yes, Kerry County Childcare Committee may be able to assist you in sourcing a childminder. There are many people in Kerry minding children in their own homes. Those childminders who are registered with Tusla or voluntary notified to Kerry County Childcare Committee have the option of being included on a list that is made available to parents.
Please note this is not an exhaustive list of childminders in Kerry. There are many childminders operating who are neither Tusla registered or Kerry CCC voluntary notified. The childcare regulations stipulate that childminders caring for 4 or more children are required to register with Tusla. Childminders caring for 3 children or less are not required to register with Tusla but can choose to voluntary notify Kerry CCC.
I’m interested in setting up a childcare facility, can you help?
Yes, Kerry County Childcare Committee can support you in developing your own childcare service:
- If you are interested in setting up a childminding service in your home please contact our office on 066 7181582 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you are interested in setting up a preschool, an afterschool service or a full day care service, please contact Catherine Callaghan on 066 7181582 / 087 9675212 / email@example.com or Kathryn O’Donnell on 066 7181582 / 087 2751760 / firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m a childminder do I need insurance?
It is recommended that all childminders should have adequate insurance.
Home: Specific Childminding Insurance is available through Childminding Ireland or contact them on 01 2878466. Some home insurance companies will also amend existing policies to cover the care of children within your home. As with all insurance policies familiarise yourself with the policy to be satisfied that it provides the cover that you need.
Car: When taking children in your car, it is recommended that childminders contact their car insurance company to confirm that they have adequate insurance cover.
I’m a childminder do I have to pay tax on my income?
All income should be declared to the Revenue Commissioners. Whether you pay tax or not is dependent on your earnings. A Childminding Tax Relief/Exemption is available for voluntary notified childminders who earn less than €15,000 per annum. For further information please contact Revenue on 066 716 1000.
What supports are available for parents with childcare?
Early Childhood Care & Education Programme (ECCE) is a universal childcare programme designed to give children access to 3 hours per day for up to 2 years free preschool education before they start primary school. For more information click here
All families can access support through the National Childcare Scheme (NCS). The NCS provides financial support to help families reduce their early learning and childcare costs. Subsidies are available for children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years who are attending any participating Tusla-registered early learning and childcare service, including Tusla registered childminders. The subsidy can cover all hours of care used outside of the ECCE programme and school, including after-school care.