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. 

The 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.


National Action Childminding Plan (English Version)
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 email or Phone  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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