Voluntary Notification

Where a Childminder is minding 3 or less children or is legally exempt from notifying the HSE, a Childminder may choose to voluntarily notify that she/he is providing a childminding service and can do so by contacting the South Dublin County Childcare Committee.

Voluntary Notification is a three step process:

  • Step 1 includes filling in Voluntary Notification Declaration form. 
  • Step 2 is completing accompanying paperwork. 
  • Step 3 is an advisory home visit from the Childminding Development Officer.

Once the visit is made and all paperwork is in order, the childminder will be issued a Voluntary Notification Certificate as well as added to the SDCCC data base. The Childminding Development Officer will be available throughout the Self-Evaluation process to help advice and guide the Childminder.

Voluntary notified Childminders are operating to the high national standards, receive advice and support from the Childminding Development officer as well as information on training, seminars, conferences, networking, and other opportunities organised by the South Dublin County Childcare Committee.

Also, registered childminders avail of financial supports such as €15,000 Childminder Tax Exemption and Childminding Development Grant.
In order to remain on the South Dublin County Childcare Committee database, you need to renew your Voluntary Notification annually.