A Step by Step Guide to Becoming a Professional Childminder
Kerry County Childcare Committee’s childminder support pack ‘A Step by Step Guide to becoming a Professional Childminder’ has been developed for anyone interested in accessing information about setting up/developing a childminding business in their own home. It includes the following:
- ‘Childminding – First Steps’: This booklet contains information on skills, roles & responsibilities of a childminder; legal aspects of childminding; commonly asked questions.
- National Guidelines for Childminders
- Voluntary Notification Form
- ‘Childminding – Next Steps’: This book contains information on developing policies & procedures; appropriate record keeping; garda vetting; health & safety awareness; etc.
- Templates – record keeping; policies & procedures.
- Financial Management – registering your business; calculating tax; income & expenditure
- Information on Aistear & Siolta
- Information on healthy eating for children
- Insurance – contact details for insurance providers.
- Training schedule for the year.
- Child Welfare & Protection Information for Childminders.
- General information, i.e. road safety, car safety, safety in the home, healthy eating, etc.
If you are interested in getting information on setting up a childminding business contact Denise Quinlan, Childminder Advisory Officer and she will forward you a copy of ‘Childminding – First Steps’ and ‘National Guidelines for Childminders’.
If after reading these you require further information or support, Denise can arrange a meeting with you where she will go through the remainder of the support pack.
Denise can be contacted on (066) 7181582 / (087) 9676603 or email: email@example.com
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.
There are two types of Childminder:
Under The Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 a childminder intending to care for 4 or more children from different families is legally obliged to register their childminding service with Tusla, Child & Family Agency (formerly HSE) prior to caring for the fourth minded child. Tusla provides an inspection service for all registered Childminders. Childminders who are required to register with Tusla must hold a Fetac Level 5 qualification in Childcare.
Voluntary Notified Childminder
Childminders caring for 3 children or less at any one time can voluntary notify Kerry County Childcare Committee of their service. Kerry County Childcare Committee does not provide an inspection service to Childminders. Our role is to provide information, training and support.
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.
The Childminder Advisory Officer has developed an information booklet for parents –Choosing a Childminder – A Guide for Parents which offers assistance to parents when sourcing home-based childcare.
If you would like a list of registered & voluntary notified childminders then please contact Denise or Pamela on (066) 7181582 or email firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
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 Denise on (066) 7181582 to obtain a copy of our publication ‘Guidelines on Planning a Childminding Business in your Home 2017’
Childminder Development Grants (CMDG):
Kerry County Childcare administer Childminding Development Grants on behalf of the Department of Children & Youth Affairs. The application process for 2017 is now closed however we hope to be able to offer these grants again in 2018.
If you have any queries in relation to the Childminder Development Grant (CMDG) please contact Denise on (066) 7181582 / 087 9676603 / firstname.lastname@example.org.