Childminding Information

Kerry County Childcare Committee was established in 2001. Childminding was highlighted as one of the Committee’s key priorities in the development of childcare for Kerry. The Kerry County Childcare Committee’s role is to assist people interested in establishing or developing quality home-based childminding services by offering information, training and support.

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. Find details and up to date information here

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New Resources for Childminders

A new Childminding Information Pack has been developed by the Childminding Development Officer team, it contains the most up to date information relevant to the childminding sector. The CMDO team have also developed a ‘Infection Control Poster’ for Childminders poster this is on the First 5 Guidance for Reopening webpage here The Childminding Information Pack is divided into 4 separate documents, see below:                                                                                            

  • A Guide to Becoming a Childminder – this resource is for circulation to potential or existing Childminders and introduces them to best practice guidelines in relation to childminding

Link to PDF

  • Childminding Sample Policies & Procedures – this resource includes Sample Policy and Procedure templates for Childminders
  • Childminding Sample Record Keeping Forms – this resource includes Sample Record Keeping templates for Childminders
  • Childminding: Guidelines on Planning a Childminding Business in your own home – this resource provides financial management guidance for Childminders.

Please contact Linda O’Donnell on 066 7181582 / 087 9676603,   email    for these additional resources and further information


Let’s Get Ready – Getting Ready to Return to your Early Years Service, Preschool and Childminder

Let’s get ready so childcare is fun and safe for everyone. The Department of Children & Youth Affairs has developed this short video to help parents, guardians and children know what to expect when pre-schools, early years services and childminders reopen from 29 June. Watch a short video clip here As children prepare to return to early learning and childcare services or make the move to pre-school and primary school for the first time, parents can be assured that there are a number of actions they can take at home to support these important transitions. Find the link to these resources Here

Support for Parents

The Childminder Advisory Officer’s role is also to support parents who are looking for a childminder. Childminding provides parents with the opportunity to have their children cared for in a home-based childcare setting. Kerry County Childcare provides a database of Tusla registered & voluntary notified childminders in Kerry and their contact details are made available to parents who contact Kerry County Childcare looking for a childminder. Choosing a Childminder – a Guide here

Childminding Regulations

 In relation to preschool age children:  A childminder should look after no more than 5 preschool children (birth – 6 years).  Childminders who care for up to 3 children may choose to Voluntary Notify Kerry County Childcare.  Childminders who care for 4 or more children are legally required to register their childminding service with Tusla prior to caring for the 4th minded child. In relation to school age childcare If a childminder cares for school age children only, the childminder can care for up to 12 children in a family home.  A childminder can care for up to 6 school age children without having to register with Tusla, however the care of 7 or more school age children requires such childminders to register their childminding service with Tusla. Childminders who care for a mix of preschool and school age children: The maximum numbers of each that you can care for at the same time is as follows:

No. of preschool children cared for

(0 – 6 years)

Maximum no of school age children than can be cared for (6+ yrs)











All scenarios in the table above will require a childminder to register their service with Tusla. See for further details. In order to be exempt from registration, a childminder must be caring for not more than 6 children (other than the person’s own children) at the same time, and not more than 3 of the children can be of preschool age e.g. the care of 3 preschool children and 3 school age children or the care of 5 school age children and 1 preschool child at the same time. The Quality & Regulatory Frameworks for individual service types can be accessed as follows:

For additional information on types of childminders you can download our information leaflet Choosing a Childminder – A Guide for Parents‘. Kerry County Childcare Committee does not recommend any childminder, however we facilitate contact between childminders and parents. this  booklet for parents offers assistance to parents when sourcing home-based childcare. If you would like a list of registered & voluntary notified childminders then please contact Pamela on (066) 7181582 or email

Childminding Tax Exemption

Childminders who make themselves known to their local City/County Childcare Committee can avail of the Childminding Tax Exemption on their childminding Income. The details of the scheme are as follows:

  • The exemption applies only to childminders who are self-employed.
  • The childminding service must be provided in the childminder’s own home.
  • The childminder may mind up to 3 children (under 18 years) at any one time, excluding the childminder’s own children.  A childminder could, conceivably, mind 3 children in the mornings and 3 different children in the afternoon and still qualify.
  • The gross annual income from childminding cannot exceed the limit (currently €15,000).
  • A childminder must submit an income tax return each year, even if there is no tax liability.
  • A childminder will be required to pay a flat rate of PRSI for the year, currently €500.  This is their contribution towards such benefits as Old Age Contributory Pension, Maternity Benefit.

If a childminder does not apply for the Tax Exemption or is earning over €15,000 gross per annum, then their income is fully taxable.  However, a childminder is entitled to deduct a variety of expenses which they may have incurred in earning that income before tax is applied i.e. toys, equipment, food etc specifically for the children being minded. For further details contact Linda on (066) 7181582 to obtain a copy of our publication Guidelines on Planning a Childminding Business in your Home

Childminder Development Grants (CMDG) 2021:

The DCYA have made a change to the administration of the Childminder Development Grant for 2019, as a result of which Meath County Childcare Committee has been given the task of administering applications on behalf of all City/County Childcare Committees. This provides national consistency in implementation and equal access of opportunity to make an application for all eligible childminders. All Childminders wishing to make an application will do so to Meath County Childcare Committee to the address stated on the application form, who will process their application. Kerry Childminders who wish to apply for a grant can download the DCYA 2019 CMDG Application Form, complete it and should be emailed to Meath County Childcare Committee at by close of business 16 July 2021 Applications must also include evidence of up to date insurance and a copy of your ‘Introduction to Children First’ E-Learning certificate. The ‘Introduction to Children First’ E-Learning Programme can be accessed at If you have any queries in relation to the Childminder Development Grant (CMDG), please contact Linda on (066) 7181582 / 087 9676603 /