Start up, Supports & Grants

If you are an existing Childminder or someone who is considering becoming a Childminder then South Dublin County Childcare Committee can provide support and information. 

Childminding Development Grant 2022 now Open for Applications

The Childminding Development Grant 2022 is now open for applications.  If you are a childminder in the South Dublin County area you can download the application form below which includes the guidelines and terms and conditions of this grant.

Reminder: The Closing date for receipt of all applications is Close of Business on 15th July 2022. 

Childminding Development Grant 2022 Guidelines & Application Form



There have been a number of support resources developed by the DCEDIY through the National Childminding Team (using material that has been adapted from resources previously developed and published by the City/County Childcare Committees and Tusla). The resources contain the most up to date information relevant to the childminding sector (Sept. 2020).

Childminders Support Pack

We have an extensive Childminders Support Pack ready to email to you. To receive one please contact us on debbie@southdublinchildcare.ie or 353 1 457 0122. The pack includes:
  • Guidelines on Planning a Childminding Business in your home
  • Childminding: Sample Record Keeping Forms
  • Childminding: Sample Policies & Procedures
  • Getting Started
  • Declaration Form & Self Evaluation Form
  • Organisational and Record Keeping Tips for Childminders
  • Barnardos Guidance for Childminders – Providing for Play
  • Barnardos Guidance for Childminders – Understanding Children’s Behaviour
  • Barnardos Guidance for Childminders – Stories and Storytelling
  • Plus loads of sample forms for your day-to-day requirements

Childminding Ireland is the National Childminding Body in Ireland.

Visit their website for further details.

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